Afternoon Tea

by kath_red on 12/05/2011

in Food

After dropping the kids off to school, putting on a load of washing, and doing a quick whip around the house to tidy up, I get down to work. Working from home means quite a few distractions during the day – housework, dinner plans, etc, but it also has the benefit of being able to stop when you like and sit and do a few rows of crochet or make some cookies or take advantage of a sunny day for 30 minutes of gardening.

But the best time of day for me is afternoon tea. I do have multiple cups of tea during the day, but at about 2pm I stop what I am doing and bake something – sometimes its some quick muffins or cookies, occasionally I might make a cake or brownies, or if I am running out of time I prepare for French toast. Then I pick the kids up from school and when we all get home we sit and have some warm sweet baked somethings and a pot of tea. We are all tea mad and love to try out different sorts of tea. Chai is a regular favourite, we also love an Earl Grey blend, sometimes we have Genmaicha (Japanese rice green tea) but most of the time we stick to a Traditional Afternoon blend. We love this time as we sit and chat about our day, the kids talk excitedly non-stop for the duration, while I sip my tea and occasionally ask questions. Then we clear up and get on with our afternoon tasks. It is a special time of day.

The recent Action Pack is dedicated to tea and has lots of different tea tastings as well as sewing projects all related to tea. So in honour of ‘Sew & Tea’ Action Pack and our love of tea, I will be posting lots of tea and tea craft related posts over the next couple of weeks. Including a pattern to sew a teapot to go with the teacup pattern you will find in this months Action Pack, tea-towel crafts, tea cozies, recipes for Afternoon Tea and lots more – so stay tuned!

Today I am making a Cinnamon Tea Cake – it’s a classic country cake and perfect to have with Afternoon Tea. This recipe must have been the first cake I ever made – back when I was 8 or 9 years old, with my grandmothers help. So simple to make, yet so delicious to eat.

What you need:

Cake batter:

  • 60g (2oz or 1/2 stick of) butter
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup Self raising flour (or plain flour with 2 teaspoons of baking powder)
  • 1/3 cup milk


  • 15g (1/2oz) extra butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon (castor or finely ground) sugar, extra mixed with 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

How to make:

  1. Line your round sandwich cake tin with baking paper (I used the butter wrapping paper)
  2. Beat the butter and vanilla and sugar together until creamy.
  3. Add the egg continue to beat for another minute.
  4. Add half the flour and half the milk, mix in for half a minute, then add the rest of the milk and flour and beat until just combined – don’t over beat.
  5. Spoon the mixture into the cake tin and bake in a moderate oven for 25 minutes or until just golden. The cake should shrink away from the sides of the cake tin.
  6. Turn the cake out onto an airing tray. Brush the top with the extra melted butter and sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar.
  7. Serving with a nice cup of Earl Grey tea and eat warm for your afternoon tea.

Here are 4 more things you can make for afternoon tea today (if you have some time):

Scones, Plum cake, Chocolate Mousse Cake, Green Goddess Tea Sandwhiches

Be sure to check out the rest of the Action Pack if you are a tea fan like us!

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{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

1 bijuterii May 12, 2011 at 6:55 am

there are so many nice things that we can do if we are able to work from home and the cookies idea is one of the best :)


2 Jan Quigley May 12, 2011 at 8:21 am

Hmmmm this brought back good memories, my Mum & I had afternoon tea every day when I came home from school. My friends often tagged along as their Mum’s worked, so there was no one there when they got home. My Mum is a great listener & was happy to give advice when asked. I also did the same with my 2 eldest, but it’s slipped away with my youngest, 14yo ds. Thanks so much for your post, from tomorrow afternoon tea is back in my home.


3 emma May 12, 2011 at 8:53 am

this looks delicious and simple – thanks! I’m loving your action packs!


4 Seanna Lea May 12, 2011 at 9:36 am

I make lots of tea ice creams. They are a lot of fun and a great way to have tea in the middle of summer.


5 kath_red May 14, 2011 at 8:06 pm

Will have to research this idea a little more
thanks for the idea


6 lou May 12, 2011 at 11:50 am

i love this post!
and now i’m off to make a cuppa….
(thanks for the inspiration – not that i need it)


7 Anna May 12, 2011 at 12:09 pm

That cake sounds delicious, and I adore your saucers! It’s like a more modern take on the blue willow design. So pretty! Tea time is my favorite part of the day.


8 kath_red May 14, 2011 at 8:04 pm

I love this set too – it is part of my dinner set which was a recent birthday present. Great shape to the cups they are my favourite to drink tea from.


9 mollie May 12, 2011 at 5:01 pm

I just talked with my mom about afternoon tea. Even when you are home a lot, pausing for tea is so very needed. We all run too much, don’t we?


10 kath_red May 14, 2011 at 8:04 pm

Yes indeed. Taking that moment to pause and listen and enjoy. Gives life a bit more meaning.


11 angelina May 12, 2011 at 11:26 pm

love your new blog look! this is great, the simple act of baking and having tea. may it never grow old. xxxxxxx


12 kath_red May 14, 2011 at 8:03 pm

thank you xx


13 Katie May 13, 2011 at 12:18 am

That sounds like such a lovely little ritual to have. I love a nice afternoon tea! We have a huge collection of teas too. And that cinnamon cake looks divine! Thank you so much for sharing the recipe :)


14 kath_red May 14, 2011 at 8:03 pm

oh no problem at all – enjoy!


15 The Job Ware May 13, 2011 at 5:10 am

Hey! the tea idea in the afternoon is really nice while working, with cookies on the side, nothing works better than that! Thanks for the cake ingredients. Nice job!


16 Ann May 13, 2011 at 12:04 pm

I want to try this tonight! Hope you don’t mind but I’ve Pinterest-ed this today to my Recipes file.


17 kath_red May 13, 2011 at 6:23 pm

oh sure – enjoy afternoon tea everyone


18 Tea Sets for Sale May 13, 2011 at 6:18 pm

I love having afternoon tea with my kids. We usually have tea daily and cake or ice cream are always on the menu. This is a great time for me to catch up with my kids and get the latest and greatest going on in their life and also for us to have a special quiet time to spend with Jesus.


19 aligatorz May 15, 2011 at 3:04 am

From the US and I am not familiar with the size of a” round sandwich cake tin”. Can you just tell me what it measures in diameter? My six year old grandson is learning to bake and this sounds like something he would enjoy.


20 kath_red May 15, 2011 at 3:35 am

8 or 9 inch is usual
good luck


21 aligatorz May 15, 2011 at 8:30 pm

aahhh! I have both sizes. We’ll be trying this out next weekend! Maybe I’ll fix tea to go with it.


22 Ada June 3, 2011 at 3:55 pm

I tried the recipe today and it is indeed delicious!
Thank you for sharing it.



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