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


  • 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…

  • 250g good dark chocolate (we used a 78% bar)
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    Dark chocolate

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  • 200g butter, diced



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 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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23rd Mar, 2019
I just made this for a dinner with friends this evening served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Rave reviews from everyone including me. Rich, moist and delicious. I put 3 earl grey tea bags in and no one noticed the flavor even when asked. Maybe it adds to the complexity of the flavor in general? I didn't have ground almonds, so I made my own by using my hand held blender and the chopping attachment with whole almonds. It added a great texture to the cake. I will definitely make this again.
21st Dec, 2018
This is the perfect chocolate dessert, serve with some fruit on the side. I’ve made it so many times, always a hit.
7th Dec, 2016
Has anyone frozen this for use later?
30th Oct, 2016
Absolutely delicious, easy to make and comes out perfectly. Lovely with fesh raspberries and cream.
6th Jun, 2016
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..!
21st Mar, 2015
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.
5th Oct, 2014
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.
15th Apr, 2014
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
26th Dec, 2013
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!
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18th Oct, 2013
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.


7th Dec, 2016
Can this be frozen for later use?
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9th Dec, 2016
Yes, you can freeze this. We include a blue star to denote the recipe is freezable just above the nutrition near the top of the page when it's applicable.
7th Dec, 2013
If no ground almonds available, can I use flour? Plain or self raising?
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9th Dec, 2016
We haven't tested this recipe with plain flour and it will change the texture and overall taste of the finished cake. You can buy ground almonds from most large supermarkets in the baking section if that helps, or online.
7th Dec, 2013
Tesco did not have any Ground Almonds, can I use fro our? It does not have to gluten free
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18th Dec, 2013
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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