Jasmine Tea Cake


I love jasmine tea, and was curious how it would taste infused into a cake. I adapted a pound cake recipe I liked and was really happy with the results. The tea is noticeable but not overpowering. I eat this with fresh fruit but I'm sure poached fruit or whipped cream would be great additions.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
55 mins
Additional Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 45 mins
1 loaf


  • 1 ½ sticks unsalted butter

  • 2 tablespoons black jasmine tea leaves, lightly crushed

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 ¼ teaspoons baking powder

  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt

  • ½ cup sour cream

  • ¼ cup buttermilk

  • ¾ cup white sugar

  • 2 tablespoons white sugar

  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature

  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract

  • ¼ cup sliced almonds


  1. Melt butter in a saucepan over low heat. Stir in jasmine tea; heat for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes. Strain into a large bowl and discard solids. Let butter cool to room temperature, 20 to 30 minutes.

  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a 9x5-inch loaf pan with parchment paper, leaving an overhang on 2 sides.

  3. Whisk flour, baking powder, and salt together in a small bowl. Whisk sour cream and buttermilk together in a separate small bowl.

  4. Add 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar to the butter and beat with an electric mixer until light and fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Scrape down sides of the bowl and stir in almond extract.

  5. Add the flour mixture in 3 additions, alternating with the sour cream mixture. Beat batter just until combined. Scrape batter into the prepared pan and sprinkle sliced almonds over the top.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 50 minutes. Tent loaf with foil if it starts to brown too quickly.

  7. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let cake cool for 15 minutes. Gently lift out loaf using the parchment overhang. Transfer to the rack and let cool completely before slicing.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

345 Calories
19g Fat
38g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 345
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g 25%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 98mg 33%
Sodium 241mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 38g 14%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 18g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 79mg 6%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 105mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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