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Earl Grey, Blueberry and Lemon Cake

Is a cup of tea really complete without some cake or sweets? This recipe for a tea cake, from TopWithCinnamon.com, is the perfect comforting and calming accompaniment to any Afternoon Tea. Make sure to check out more of Izy's recipes on her blog - many delicious baked treats with stunning photographs (and she's still just a student in the UK!)

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Preheat the oven to 350 F (180 C) Soak the teabag in 1/2 cup of boiling water for 10 minutes whilst you melt the butter in a medium pot. Beat the sugar and eggs into the butter, followed by the buttermilk and lemon zest. Remove the teabag from the water, pour the brewed tea into the pot and stir together. Cut open the teabag and stir the tea leaves into the pot as well. Add the flour, baking powder + soda, salt, poppy seeds (if using) and stir together until just combined. Stir in the blueberries. Pour the batter into a greased and floured large loaf pan. Bake for 45-55 minutes, until a skewer inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Leave to cool for 10 minutes in the pan before turning out onto a wire rack. Make the glaze by stirring together the powdered sugar and enough lemon juice to make a thick, pourable mixture (add the lemon juice slowly, stirring between additions). Pour over the warm loaf and leave to cool and set.