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Halloween Style Instant Black Tea Cake with Lemon Honey Frosting

If you love Halloween, you’re probably ready to jump into the holiday festivities. Our team has got you covered with this amazing black and orange themed instant tea cake.

traditional english tea cakes

According to the History channel, the holiday was "originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts." Nowadays, it is evolved into a fun (and scary!) day of activities like trick-or-treating, carving jack-o-lanterns, costumes and eating sweet snacks.

Halloween is one of the most unique times of the year. So, we wanted to make something just as special to represent the eccentricity of the holiday. If you don’t happen to be a huge fan of spooky season, you can use this recipe for any time of the year! Just mix and match your color schemes to bring these delicate and refreshing flavors to life, over and over again!  

Black Instant Tea Cake

how to make an instant tea cake

Cake ingredients

  • 2 cups any milk of your choice 
  • 3 tablespoons Waka instant black tea
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 5 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda

Honey lemon frosting ingredients

  • 5 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1 stick softened butter
  • 1½  tablespoons lemon extract
  • ½ tablespoon vanilla extract
  • ⅓ honey
  • Red and yellow food coloring

Cake instructions

how can you use instant tea in a cake

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F. 
  2. Take a small bowl or cup and leave your butter in it, off to the side. 
  3. Let the butter sit, as you mix together your flour, baking powder, milk, vegetable oil, and baking soda. For this recipe, we used a regular hand-held whisk to blend everything together but, you are welcome to use a hand-mixer on slow speed as well.  
  4. Next, you’re going to want to pop your butter into the microwave for about 15 to 20 seconds. 
  5. When the microwave has gone off, take your butter out and begin to mash it up with a fork until it begins to feel like a liquidy paste. This will help to keep your batter from curdling once it has been added to the rest of the mix and will make it easier to blend your ingredients together.
  6. Once your butter is nice and melty, go ahead and add it to your batter. At this point, you can begin adding your vanilla extract, tea powder, and sugar. Once you’ve finished adding your items, start to mix them together.
  7. Begin to add in your eggs, one at a time.
  8. Once your batter has settled into a light cinnamon color and reached a thick, creamy consistency, it is time to start moving your cake mix into pans.
  9. From here, you’re going to grease your cake pans and scrape your batter into the pans. Make sure the batter settles in with no lumps or folds, on the top.
  10. Next, you’re going to pop your pans into your oven for 45 minutes.

Frosting instructions

  1. While your cake mix is baking, pull up a small bowl and add 5 cups of confectioner’s sugar to it.
  2. Next, take a stick of butter and pop it into the microwave for 15 to 20 seconds just like before.
  3. Add 1½  tablespoons lemon extract, ½ tablespoon vanilla extract, and ⅓ cup of honey to your sugar mix and begin to whisk or stir them together.
  4. When the butter is ready, mash it up with a fork as you did for the cake mix. Then, add it to the sugar mix and begin to stir.
  5. Once everything has started to compound, add two drops of red food dye and three drops of yellow food dye to your frosting. 
  6. Once you’ve finished making your custom frosting, saran wrap the top of the bowl and pop it in the fridge until your cake layers have finished baking and cooling.

Decorating Tips

This is the funnest part! We decided to keep the design sweet and simple, in honor of the light and easy flavors in this recipe. 

Try our quality instant tea here.