Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Tea Cake

In a hurry for something fast and warm for dessert Sunday night, when it was 12 degrees (I was greatly displeased, and have written to my congressman for relief from early frigid temperatures), I stumbled upon this Tea Cake. It was light and mildly flavored, and the boys were most pleased with it. There was a tiny piece left for my breakfast the next day, and I assure you I hid it well (right next to the flour - who'd ever look there?).

TEA CAKE

1-1/2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup butter, softened
3/4 cups sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla

1 egg
1/2 cup milk

topping: 1/4 cup sugar mixed with 1 tsp cinnamon (more for Grace)

Sift together the flour, powder and salt; set aside
Cream the butter, and gradually add the sugar, then the vanilla and egg. Beat well. Add half the flour mix, then the milk, then the balance of the flour, and beat until smooth. Pour into a greased and floured 8x8 pan. Sprinkle the cinnamon/sugar mix over the top. Bake at 350F for 22 to 25 minutes, or until it tests done. Serve warm, and drizzle with glaze, if desired.

Next time, I'd use brown sugar mixed with the cinnamon to perk up the flavor a touch. Also, learn from my error: You can't drizzle a pattern on a warm cake. This was a Christmas Cake drizzled on the cake, although it looks like a lovely green blob. Trust me, I didn't draw a blob, although my 9 year old could have done that for me.

You can serve it with tea and be really fancy. But only if you hide a piece from the other occupants of your house.

13 comments:

Katherine Aucoin said...

The tea cake looks simple and I can't drizzle on a cool cake. I'm glad to see you can stay inside and out of trouble when it's 12 degrees ;-)

Claire S. said...

NO, I'm 'not' making this !

& I'm not 'avoiding your blog til after my party' either - no willpower LOL

That cake looks good.

gaylen said...

I can see the tree - looks like it was drawn by a 6 year old, but I can see it :)

Love the plate you had breakfast on. Beautiful - I love the old luncheon plates that had a spot for the cup. g

doggybloggy said...

well la ti da - that is a fancy cup of tea and some darn right proud tea cake....

noble pig said...

Oh yes I do need something and yes this would work...so, so yummy!

Kevin said...

A cup of tea and a piece of that cake would go nicely about now.

niya said...

Hi

Thanks a lot for your sweet comment

Cheers

Back Porch Blessings said...

Yummy, the cake was the first thing I seen when your blog popped up and I was all yours from there, lol. The recipe looks very simple and haveing it with a cup of tea sounds wonderful. I will give it a go and let you know how mine turns out, thanks for shareing.

Darius T. Williams said...

This looks good to me - real good!

-DTW
www.everydaycookin.blogspot.com

Anette said...

The cake looks like just the cake next to a cup of tea. Very sweet cup and saucer! For a while I had a splendid idea about where to hide treats from the sweet-seekers in my family. Tried for a long time without success to hide it high up, until I realized: hide it low! I'm the only one who bothers bending her knees to find something or pick up something. That worked for a long time, until I was busted!

Pam said...

I see the Christmas tree. It looks tasty.

Pam said...

I love your pretty plate and tea cup!

OLGUIS said...

you have a great family and kids.
Delicious Sweet Recipes.
Regards
olga.