The Earl Grey buttercream that surrounds this stunning layer cake is as sweet and smooth as its drink namesake - the London Fog latte. Layers of classic chocolate cake are filled with this tea and vanilla-flecked frosting before being drizzled with salted caramel sauce.
Let me tell you the little story about my small obsession with black tea… Years ago, probably about a decade or more, I vacationed in the UK. I’d toured Europe once before as a teenager on a crazy three-week long adventure with my family and grandparents (a story in itself for another day), but this time we spent out time exploring just London and Edinburgh. Nearly daily, we tried our hand at afternoon tea – really just an excuse to sit al fresco at a café and soak it all it. Traditional English breakfast tea quickly became a favorite for me, especially with lots of milk and sugar.
During the trip, I picked up the most aromatic, creamy almond black tea from Covent Gardens. Today, I still dream of that tea! I brought a package home, savouring each sip and reminiscing about my travels. I think I shed a tear the day my spoon hit the bottom of the crinkled bag and only loose tea dust and almond essence spilled out onto to my sad, sad kitchen counter…
Since then, I’ve been collecting tea, desperately trying to find something as satisfying as that almond tea. It’s turned me into somewhat of a tea hoarder – an entire section of my pantry devoted to all different types of tea. I’ve never found anything close (and at this point, I’ve probably but that tea so high on a pedestal that even if I found it again, I wouldn’t notice), but then there is always Earl Grey tea.
My love for Ear Grey tea runs pretty deep. And as I quote from “Layered” (because I am cheesy like that), “some drink it black or with a simple slice of lemon, but I can’t ever pass up an Earl Grey tea latte, called a ‘London Fog’.” So robust, yet ordinary, with its district yet subtle citrus flavour from the oils of a bergamont orange – add some steamed milk and sweeten it up with some vanilla syrup and you’re golden.
In a book of 60 different cake combinations, this London Fog Cake is definitely in my top five. Top 3 – maybe (it’s like picking your favorite child!). When it came to the official Online Book Release Party for "Layered," I couldn't help but participate myself. I re-created this cake for The Cake Blog last week. Here's a bit more of what I have to say about it:
"Tea-flecked and silky smooth, Earl Grey buttercream is slathered between layers of classic chocolate cake before being blanketed over the entire thing. The cake layers themselves are extremely moist and versatile – the quintessential cake to fulfill any chocolate craving. To top it all off, homemade Salted Caramel Sauce! Any recipe that calls for boiling sugar might sound a little scary, but it really isn’t as hard to make as you might think. Several of the recipes throughout the book call for this staple recipe, and once you make your own, you’ll abandon the store-bought stuff for good. Trust me, fudgy chocolate cake, creamy Earl Grey, and salted caramel – it doesn’t get much better than this!"