Chocolate & Earl Grey torte

Chocolate & Earl Grey torte

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Prep: 20 mins Cook: 40 mins Plus cooling


Never before has it been so easy to impress - this soft-centered torte can be made ahead and frozen or baked from scratch in just an hour

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal514
  • fat37g
  • saturates17g
  • carbs34g
  • sugars29g
  • fibre3g
  • protein10g
  • salt0.39g
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  • leaves from 2 Earl Grey tea bags
  • 100ml hot milk



    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a complete food. While cow…

  • 250g good dark chocolate (we used a 78% bar)
  • 200g butter, diced



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 140g ground almond
  • 6 eggs, separated



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…

  • 200g caster sugar
  • cocoa, icing sugar and crème fraîche or cream, to serve


  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Grease and line the base and sides of a deep, 22cm loose-bottomed tin with baking parchment, so the paper comes about 2.5cm above the sides. Stir the Earl Grey tea into the hot milk.

  2. Melt the chocolate, butter and a pinch of salt together in a bowl over a pan of barely simmering water. Then stir in the ground almonds, followed by the egg yolks and milky tea, including the leaves. Beat the egg whites until stiff, then beat in the caster sugar until stiff-ish again. Fold the whites through the chocolate mix and scrape into the tin. Bake for 30-35 mins – it should still have a slight wobble. Then cool completely in the tin.

  3. Carefully remove from the tin and lift onto a serving plate. Dust all over with cocoa and icing sugar, then serve in slices with crème fraîche or cream.

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Comments (21)

osullivanlaurie's picture

Some dark chocolate tarts can be so intense that they literally suck the moisture right out of your mouth. Not this one, it's got that perfect balance of taste and texture with the ground almonds keeping things nice and moist. The Earl Grey tea is a very clever subtle after taste. Scrummy..!

glynislo's picture

Takes a lot longer than 35 minutes to cook. Had to bake it for 60 minutes to get to the point of a 'bit of a wobble'. I have frozen it and am interested to see how it defrosts and tastes.

gibsonlouise's picture

I made this for a dinner party for the first time after reading the comments. I didn't have any Earl Grey so used Lady Grey instead. It went down a storm.

nickcavegirl's picture

This is LUSH and I recommend it fully :D Easy to make, looks very impressive and gorgeous and everyone made very satisfied noises. It's not massively earl grey tasting, so I'd double the amount if you wanted a stronger taste x

Twopaws's picture

My first torte and the first cake I've cooked since childhood. Wasn't convinced that I'd pulled it off but in the end it turned out wonderfully. Had this for Christmas dessert 'cus boyfriend didn't want Christmas pudding! Like some other people I couldn't really taste any earl grey. Thanks!

joannahobbs1's picture

Delicious! Would probably cook for a little longer next time as was runny in the middle but this didn't detract from the delicious taste, great for a dinner party. We had ours with cream and raspberries. Yum.

paulinam's picture

I didn't have time to let the cake cool completely before serving and it was a bit molten in the middle. Nobody complained, it was lovely. Served with white choc and raspberry ice cream which was a match made in heaven. Couldn't detect the earl grey, if I did it again I would experiment with using more.

sbeavis's picture

Beautiful recipe - enjoyed by all

secrettrekkie's picture

very nice, even after i added butter late as i forgot to add it, i would suggest adding more tea bags and or leaving out the leaves as the earl grey got lost in there for me. still very nice recipe

gilsadee's picture

Absolutely delicious. Went down a storm.

branches760's picture

Very easy and very very tasty, definitely one to impress with!

sarahfh's picture

Really, really good! I have made this a few times and it never lasts long! I use 3 tea bags instead of 2, which I think adds a bit more contrast to the chocolate without being overpowering.

abbiescookingkitchen's picture

I just love this recipe - and it goes so well with creme friache. Its not to sweet - very decadent. As a tea lover the combination of earl grey is brilliant it adds that something really special but not over powering.

claudiawhitcomb's picture

Every time I have made this cake it has gone down a storm, especially with my gulten free friends! Its truly delicious!

frozenpixie's picture

This was absolutely delicious and went in no time. The texture was really moist and puddingy, and they were good warm and cold. The earl grey flavour was perfect. I added an extra 50% to the recipe and made it as brownies - highly recommended!

stella56's picture

What a result! Great food liked by even those who claim they don't like chocolate. Simple but impressive.

missrd's picture

A great straightforward recipe, that produces a very elegant grown up pudding. Serve with creme fraiche and slightly warm if you can

ellyboot's picture

Mine was v crumbly afterwards but really really tasty. We had raspberries with it. Delicious.

ellyboot's picture

Mine was v crumbly afterwards but really really tasty. We had raspberries with it. Delicious.

sbeavis's picture

Beautiful and easy to make


Questions (3)

Carabullock's picture

If no ground almonds available, can I use flour? Plain or self raising?

Carabullock's picture

Tesco did not have any Ground Almonds, can I use fro our? It does not have to gluten free

goodfoodteam's picture

Hi Cara, 

Yes plain flour is a good substitute, use the same amount but note the texture will change and it won't be gluten free. 

Best wishes. 

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