Earl Grey Cake infuses cream earl grey flavor throughout with an earl grey simple syrup between layers of velvety vanilla bean Italian meringue buttercream. Elegant and gorgeous in looks and flavor!
In a saucepan, bring milk to a simmer. Add earl grey leaves. Remove from heat and steep for approx. 15 minutes, and make sure to cool completely. Strain out leaves and set aside,
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter 3 8 inch cake pans.
In your stand mixer, with paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar for approx. 8 minutes, until pale and fluffy.
Then, add in eggs one at a time, beating until each is incorporated before adding another. Scrape down bowl.
Remove bowl and do the rest by hand with a big spatula,
Have dry ingredients sifted together. Then, you will begin by adding 1/3 of flour mixture. Fold in. Then add half of milk mixture. Repeat and end with flour mixture.
Divide earl grey cake batter evenly among pans. Bake for approx. 18 minutes, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
in a small saucepan, bring water and sugar to a low boil. Add earl grey. Simmer for 10 minutes then allow to cool completely. Remove earl grey leaves.
Cool everything completely!
Add a layer of cake to a cake plate or stand. Brush simple syrup then layer on 1/3 of frosting. Repeat. Decorate as you like. Keep refrigerated.