This vegan Maple Almond Earl Grey Tea cake is lightly sweet and simple. A gluten free buttery tea cake loaf infused with Earl Grey tea and a hint cardamon! The maple almond glaze is the perfect topping. Quick to make in one pan and bakes up in under 45 minutes!
Please ignore the fact that I’m posting a tea cake loaf recipe right after a superfood recipe. It wasn’t planned, but I’m not sorry about it. Because we’re all about balance here, right? Yup, totally logical in my book. Plus there’s something about Spring that makes me start baking al kinds of cakes! Last spring I made vegan coconut lime cake, vegan classic white cake with Coconut Cream Vegan frosting, and carrot cake bread pudding. This Spring I’m a bit behind. Whoops. Unless you count Carrot Cake Pancakes, yes? That being said, I’m ready to put my crazy cake lady hat on. Time to bust out a new Springish vegan cake recipe for ya! Gluten Free Earl Grey Tea Cake and Maple almond topping!
I love this lightened up spiced tea cake recipe with a naturally sweetened glaze. They are are perfect for gathering and for brunch, a fuss free tea cake for an afternoon tea. And I think we all should start implementing afternoon tea, don’t you think? Plus tea cakes are so my jam (as in tea, crumpets, and jam)! Gosh, I’m corny. Anyway, I digress. Let’s talk about why this vegan earl grey tea cake is extra special! Besides the “special” fact that it is refined sugar-free, gluten free, spiced with cardamon, and sweetened with maple syrup. HOLLAH!
This cake is another Kiwi Cotter (aka my husband) special. Last Monday I boasted about his childhood favorite, beans on toast. This week it’s tea cake. Specially EARL GRAY tea cake. His favorite! Whenever we go back to New Zealand, we drink Earl Grey tea like it’s going out of style. We also frequent cute local coffee shops with gluten free treats. It’s so nice to slow down and enjoy and new pace of life. Gah… I miss it.
Needless to say, those memories are special to me, which makes this tea cake extra special. Maybe it’s a sign I (we) need to slow down our pace of life. Maybe it’s a sign we need to go back to New Zealand? Or maybe it’s the best way I communicate my emotions. Through making food with love and feeling all nostalgic like. I think it’s all three reasons.
Oh, and I should mention the other “special” addition to this tea cake is the hint of Cardamom and cinnamon. The smell along is absolutely HEAVENLY and brings soothing to soul.
Has my corniness rubbed off on you yet? Good.
Now I can get the semi healthy, totally tasty, lightened up Vegan Earl Grey Tea Cake recipe. Cool?
Just brew up some a “cuppa” tea, add in some coconut or almond milk, sift your Gluten Free Flour, stir in your spices and vanilla, swirl in your maple syrup, and grab a handful (or two) of almonds. This Tea Cake Loaf is about to GO DOWN in swoooon factor history!Print
This Vegan Maple Almond Earl Grey Tea Cake is lightly sweet and simple. A gluten free buttery cake loaf infused with Earl Grey tea and a hint of cardamom! Gluten free and vegan
- 1 cup almond or coconut milk
- 2 to 3 Earl Grey tea bags (the more tea bags, the stronger the flavor)
- 2 1/4 cup gluten free all purpose flour (We use Bob Red Mill’s 1:1 GF Flour)
- 1/2 cup coconut palm sugar see notes for lower sugar option
- 1/4 tsp cardamom
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 cup maple syrup (extra for topping)
- 2 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar or Lemon Juice
- 1/3 cup melted coconut oil
- 1/2 cup crushed or chopped almond (extra for topping)
- Preheat oven to 350F. Line a 9×3 loaf pan with parchment paper or grease thoroughly.
- Steep 2 Earl Grey Tea Bags in 1 cup hot coconut or almond milk. Steep so it’s extra concentrated. Set aside.
- Sift flour and coconut sugar together into a large bowl. Add in the the remaining dry ingredients: baking soda, baking powder, spices, and salt. Mix to combine.
- Add wet ingredients, one at a time, to the dry mix, starting with tea infused milk, then coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla, and vinegar. Gently mix together.
- Lastly, fold in 1/4 cup crushed almonds.
- Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.
- Add remaining crushed almonds on top.
- Bake for 35-45 minutes or until toothpick or knife inserted into the center comes out clean. Check at 30 minutes for progress. Depending on your oven, it could take up to 55 minutes to bake. If the bread starts to brown around edges, but is still not cooked through, cover with foil and continue to bake.
- Remove pan from oven and let cool completely.
- Drizzle extra maple syrup on top and optional powdered sugar.
- Slice and serve. If you’re not serving right away, wrap in foil or keep in airtight container until ready to serve. Freezes well.
- Serving Size: 1 slice
- Calories: 251
- Sugar: 15.8g
- Sodium: 206.2mg
- Fat: 11.1g
- Saturated Fat: 6.1g
- Carbohydrates: 37.2g
- Fiber: 3.8g
- Protein: 4.2g
- Cholesterol: 0mg
Keywords: Earl Grey tea cake, gluten free loaf cake, gluten free desserts, vegan cake, vegan desserts
I never thought a Vegan Earl Grey tea cake could be so delicious. Would it be wrong to say add some butter? Nah, vegan butter does exist! So go for it!
So there you have it. My lightened up cake recipe for Spring. Maple Almond Earl Grey Tea Cake. The the perfect “sweet treat” for brunch, breakfast, or any gathering really! Don’t you think?
Now, who’s coming for tea?