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Aunt Petunia's Earl Grey Fruit Cake Recipe | My Harry Potter Kitchen III (Recipe 6)

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This week, we're showing a little Hogwarts House Pride with this irresistible fruitcake!

Let's jump back in to Chapter Two of the Prisoner of Azkaban "Aunt Marge's Big Mistake" for another Harry Potter recipe:

"Aunt Marge had been supplied with tea and fruit cake"

Better boil the kettle - another tea flavoured recipe is coming right up!

Fruit cake is back but this time we're going to focus on the fruit based decorations and come up with a tea flavoured sponge cake to complement them!

This easy earl grey cake is made with a light and fluffy sponge made with lemon zest and poppy seeds to complement the delicate tea flavours. It's a super simple homemade teacake recipe topped with an easy Swiss meringue buttercream frosting and a selection of Hogwarts House coloured fruits!

If you've been looking for an easy earl grey fruit cake recipe follow this simple step-by-step recipe to learn how to make homemade earl grey and poppyseed cake!

Aunt Petunia's Earl Grey Tea Cake Recipe Ingredients

(serves 8 - 12 )

For the earl grey cake recipe

  • 1 tbsp loose leaf early grey (or two tea bags)

  • 75ml milk

  • 175g butter

  • 175g golden caster sugar

  • 3 eggs

  • 200g self-raising flour

  • zest of a lemon

  • ¼ tsp mixed spice

  • ½ tsp vanilla

  • ½ tsp almond

  • 1 tbsp poppy seeds

For the Swiss meringue buttercream icing recipe

  • 100g caster sugar

  • 50g egg white

  • 150g butter

  • 1 tsp vanilla

  • pinch of salt

  • (optional) 1 tsp earl grey milk

To decorate

  • raspberries

  • blackberries

  • orange

  • lime

Homemade Earl Grey Fruit Cake Recipe Method:

  1. To begin, create and earl grey milk infusion by heating the milk and earl grey tea until hot but not boiling. Stir well and leave to cool and infuse for 10 minutes.

  2. Cream the butter and sugar together in a bowl until light and fluffy, scraping down the sides halfway through

  3. Crack the eggs into a jug, lightly whisk until combined and then slowly add into the butter and sugar mix until fully incorporated.

  4. Flavour with mixed spice, vanilla extract, almond extract, lemon zest and poppy seeds, then mix again.

  5. Add in the flour and cooled earl grey milk and then slowly mix until combined, being careful not to overwork

  6. Grease and line a loaf tin before pouring in the cake mix. Level off and bake in the oven at 180c (360F) for 30 minutes until a skewer comes out clean

  7. While the cake cools you can make the Swiss meringue buttercream recipe by separating the egg whites and adding into a bowl over simmering. Pour in the sugar and whisk continuously for about 10 minutes until the mixture reaches 65c

  8. Pour the syrup into a bowl and whisk on high for 7-10 minutes until the meringue is thick and glossy. (Wizard Tip! Touch the side of the bowl and it should be cool).

  9. Slowly add in the softened butter a spoonful at a time, whisking well before each addition. (Wizard Tip! You can also flavour this with extra earl grey milk!) Add in the vanilla and a pinch of salt before whisking for a final 2 minutes

  10. Transfer the cooled cake onto a servicing dish with the bottom facing up, and pipe the Swiss meringue buttercream on top.

  11. Slice the Hogwarts House inspired fruits and decorate on top before serving

And viola! Aunt Petunia's latest recipe is complete - I hope we did her proud!

This Earl Grey cake is the perfect tea time treat so if you fancy giving it a go I'd love to see what Hogwarts House Pride fruits you choose! Share your pictures on Instagram with the hashtag #MyHPKitchen and tag me in them too - @BradBakes

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