Let them eat cake!

Happy Friday tea fans! And isn’t it a glorious day?

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(That’s the view from my living room window, isn’t Bath beautiful?)

To get you in the mood for the weekend, let’s talk about baking, shall we? There are worse things in life to talk about, after all, and what better on a Sunday afternoon that whipping up something delicious and homemade?

Everyone has their favourite treat to partner a good cuppa. For some it’s a sturdy biscuit ready to dunk. For others it’s a generous slice of moist cake. How about a chic little cupcake? Or even a chocolate confection, dipped at one end, with the tea sucked through the middle. (Have I lost you? That’s how the Aussies eat Tim Tams, something like a British Penguin and it’s well worth a try. It’s messy and you need to wait until your tea has cooled a little bit, but it’s scrummy.)

But what about the humble tea cake?

Tea cakes are different all around the world, and in this mini-series we’re going to introduce you to a few of our favourites that we can’t wait to try! Let’s start with the quintessentially British, Tea Loaf.

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(Photo from The Daisy Cake Company)

Tea Loaves are one of those comforting things that make you feel better no matter what. I like to imagine grandmothers making them as they potter about the house and small children creating an enormous mess as they have a go. The tea element comes into this recipe in the preparation stages: the fruit is soaked in cool tea to make every last currant plumpcious and lovely. I may have made up the word plumpcious, you are welcome, World. Of course, you could also soak them in brandy or rum, but that would make for a less family-friendly cake!

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(Photo from The Daisy Cake Company)

We found this lovely, easy-to-follow recipe at The Daisy Cake Diet that we think you will love. Use our Breakfast tea to soak your dried fruit. If you are watching your caffeine intake or want to make this cake for those sensitive to it, opt for our Decaf tea instead.

Have you got any baking planned for this weekend? Show us some snaps!

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3 responses to “Let them eat cake!

  1. This looks really nice, thanks for putting it up. If I try it I will have to do a few extra laps to compensate, though – it will be worth it (^ ^)
    DH

  2. caramel Timtams and pipiing hot tea.We are trying to spread the technique in Canada but seeing some resistance. Some people just don’t believe us.

  3. love your view and post. thank you for both- lifted my, already happy, spirits

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