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Raspberry and Vanilla Tea Cake

 

Raspberry and Vanilla Tea Cake

I always fancied living in another era, it probably comes from secretly reading too many bodice ripping romance novels or, not so secretly, reading Jane Austin or maybe even watching too many episodes of “Downton Abbey”. I can quite imagine myself as Elizabeth Bennett the first time she clapped eyes on Mr Darcy or as Lady Mary swanning around the vast corridors of her stately home in all her satin finery. I think I could become quite a master at casting a gimlet eye at the hapless servants as they scurry about with their dusters and coal buckets while I swanned off to afternoon tea.  However, knowing my luck if I lived in that time I would be the one more likely to be carrying the coal bucket or serving the overlarge tray brimming with ‘cakey’ goodness while at the same time cowering under the acid tongue of the Dowager Duchess … so much for my delusions of grandeur.

I recently discovered that “high tea”, as we call it in Australia, was not originally the delightful gathering of ladies sharing gossip over a leisurely cup of tea with some dainty cucumber sandwiches and tiny bite size cakes. It was, in fact, a custom from Victorian times where the working class of Britain would come home after a day of back breaking work to partake in more substantial fare more akin to an evening meal. The term ‘High’ comes from the height of the table where tea is served, high being a dining table and low being a coffee table.

Anna the Duchess of Bedford is credited for the popularity of the afternoon tea. It was common practice at that time (1800s) to have a late evening meal so by the time 4 o’clock rolled around hunger pangs were starting to set in. Anna would counter this by having tea and biscuits served in her rooms to keep her going until dinner time – clearly she is a woman after my own heart. Anna began sending out invitations to her friends to join her for afternoon tea and it soon became such a popular way to socialise that other middle and upper class households also began adopting the practice of an at home afternoon tea.

Nowadays high teas, or afternoon teas, are more likely to be held in hotels than in your own home, but if you fancy recreating your own version of Downton Abbey and  inviting some friends over to revive a tradition this raspberry and vanilla cake would be perfect for your own “at home” afternoon tea. Now I just have to wonder what Mr LG would look like in a butler’s uniform…hmmm.

Raspberry and Vanilla Tea Cake

Recipe

Adapted from Donna Hay Magazine Issue 76.

Ingredients

  • 120gm unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 220gm caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 225gm plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 125ml milk
  • 100gm frozen raspberries
  • vanilla sugar.

Method

Preheat oven to 160°C. Spray a 26cm loose based tart pan with oil. Line the base with baking paper.

Mix flour and baking powder together in a medium bowl.

Beat the butter, vanilla extract and caster sugar together until light and smooth.

Add eggs one at a time mixing well between additions.

Remove bowl from mixer. Add flour and then milk in two separate additions mixing with a spatula until fully combined,

Scrape batter into the tart pan and smooth the top with a knife or palette knife.

Press frozen raspberries into the top of the batter.

Sprinkle with vanilla sugar

Place pan on a lipped baking tray in case batter leaks from the tart pan.

Bake for 35-40 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.

Allow to cool completely in pan before turning out.

Dust with icing sugar before serving.

Raspberry and Vanilla Tea Cake

Pear Almond and Chocolate Tea Cake and some exciting news!

I have some exciting news this week. I will be contributing a fortnightly baking recipe to “Wee Love Baking” which is a cake design and baking blog operated by Sharon Wee.  Sharon is an amazingly talented cake artist who teaches all over the world. Her blog showcases cake design techniques, details of her classes and baking recipes. I am very pleased to be working with Wee Love Baking.

Things will continue as normal at the Lemon Grove Cake Diaries with the addition of a link to any recipes I post over on Wee Love Baking. Please check out my first post using the link below.

Pear, Almond and Chocolate Tea Cake

Pear Almond Chocolate Tea Cake

Around the world the “tea cake” means different things to different people, it ranges from a yeasted fruit bun, a sweetened soda roll to a large dense cookie […] Read more…,

 

Happy 1st Birthday Lemon Grove Cake Diaries!

How quickly a year goes by. The Lemon Grove Cake Diaries is celebrating it’s first birthday today and of course what is a birthday without cake. Before you get too excited, I haven’t made a cake  especially for this birthday. I have just finished making a cake for my Mum who is visiting from New Zealand and making another cake just seemed too greedy even for me 🙂

Thanks to everyone who has followed my blog and for all the lovely comments over the last year!

So without further ado here is a look back at some of the cakes from the last year.

Mum’s cake – Lemon and Raspberry cake with white chocolate ganache.

Chocolate and Raspberry Layer Cake

Chocolate and beetroot red velvet cake

Coconut and raspberry cake with lemon curd Italian buttercream

Terry’s Chocolate Orange Cake

Naked Chocolate and Butterscotch Cake

Butterscotch and chocolate layer cake