How to make grandma's old fashioned tea cake

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How to make grandma's old fashioned tea cake
Make tea cakes just like Grandma used to. (ULTRA F/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Tea cakes are a term for a cake or bread traditionally served with afternoon tea. Tea cakes can also refer to any small cake that can be held with your fingers. While there are a wide variety of tea cakes that you can make, old fashioned ones, similar to what your grandma might have made, are very simple. These old fashioned tea cakes are plain and similar to a sweet biscuit. You can serve the tea cakes with jam, preserves, clotted cream, fruit curd or fruit butters.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 4 cups flour
  • 3 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 2 bowls
  • Spoon
  • Sifter
  • Baking trays
  • Biscuit cutter

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  1. 1

    Mix the butter and sugar together until creamy.

  2. 2

    Stir in the eggs one at a time and mix well.

  3. 3

    Add the milk, vanilla and cinnamon to the mixture.

  4. 4

    Sift the flour and baking powder three times in a separate bowl.

  5. 5

    Mix the flour mixture with the sugar mixture and stir well.

  6. 6

    Roll out the dough, so it is about 1/4- to 1/2-inch thick. Cut out the tea cakes with the biscuit cutter.

  7. 7

    Place the tea cakes on the baking tray and cook for 15 minutes at 162 degrees C.

  8. 8

    Serve the tea cakes hot.

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