March 31, 2012

Simple is often Best....

Do you have fond memories of your mother or grandmother 
creaming butter and sugar together in a big bowl in 
preparation for making a simple tea cake while you sat in the kitchen.
Many times the most simplest of cakes were the most delicious...
especially because they were made by mom!

I love to bake for my family & friends....
perhaps it is because the warm memories of my mom and grandma
 and the love they showered on us through their baking floods my heart as
 I  lovingly prepare to return that love to those in my life!

A "simple" Tea Cake baked with L-O-V-E!

  1. 2/3 c. Butter softened
    Vanilla 1tsp
    Caster sugar 2/3 cup
    Egg (1)
  2. Self-raising flour – 1 cup
  3. Milk  1/3 cup
  4. Butter 2 tbl.  melted
    Ground cinnamon 1 tsp
    Caster sugar 1 tbsp, extra
Preheat oven to 350-375 F, 10 mins before baking. Grease a round cake pan; line base with baking paper. Beat butter, vanilla, sugar & egg in a small bowl with electric mixer until light & fluffy; this process will take 5-10 mins, depending on the type of mixer used.
Using wooden spoon, gently stir in sifted flour and milk. Make sure that there are no lumps.Spread mixture into prepared pan.
Bake cake in the preheated oven for about 30 mins. Turn cake onto wire rack then turn top-side up; brush top with extra melted butter, sprinkle with combined cinnamon & extra sugar. Serve warm with butter, if desired.
Notes: Taking care to thoroughly beat the butter, essence, sugar and egg will result in a light-as-air texture to this cake, best when eaten warm with butter. You can store this cake at room temperature in an air tight container for up to 2 days.
Substitution for self raising flour – to get 1 cup self-raising flour, add 1 1/2 tsp baking powder+ 1/4 tsp salt to 1 cup all purpose flour. (source:
Substitution for caster sugar: to get 1 cup caster sugar. process 1 cup granulated sugar (usual sugar) in a food processor/mixer until fine.

Stay Cozy,


Sweet Bee Cottage said...

What a sweet memory and what a sweet looking cake!

Bedroom designs said...

Simple is often Best....\
Great post! and incredible blog ! Very helpful post! I must say. Simple & interesting. Wonderful work!
thank you!

Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...
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Florence and Mary said...


Victoria xxx

vivian said...

Glad youre back Carrie! I remember my great aunt ruth making choc cookies with white and choc frosting.. I loved them and thought they were my most fav cookie ever. Now looking back... I remember what a mess that kitchen was! LOL! and I dont think I could eat them if she were around and still baking!
your cake sounds yummy.. now I need to go make a piece of toast for breakfast!
have a great sunday!

Leslie said...

Great memories and a great looking cake. My fondest cooking memories with my mom are of her making potato and macaroni salads...she was a pro.

nancygrayce said...

That brought back memories of a dear friend who had something baked with every meal.....I often wondered how she remained so thin! This cake sounds just right!

Buttercup said...

Thanks, Carrie, I do have these memories. My mother's specialty was a plain sponge cake that was absolutely delicious. She just put a little powdered sugar on top and it was perfect.

Priscilla said...

HI, Yes I too have warm memories of baking with my mum and grandma and grandad. I bake too, its such a lovely feeling x

Rebecca Subbiah said...

always love simple cakes like this

Debby@Just Breathe said...

This sound delicious. I do have fond memories of my grandmother's baking!

Nezzy said...

You bet your bobby~socks I do. How I remember how wonderful that simple tea caked tasted right outta the over or with fresh berries and cream. Woohoo!!!

I haven't thought of that wonderful cake in years...Thanks!!!

God bless ya sweetie and have an extraordinary day!!! :o)

Maureen @ Orgasmic Chef said...

I have great memories of my mother and grandmothers baking. My mother was a stay-at-home mom who always had something from the oven when we got home from school.

Thanks for the memories.

wendy said...

Oh man, I bet that is delicious. My mom and grandma were Great cooks!! Everything always made from scratch.
And grandma had fresh creme from the cows and made her own butter.

Just a little something from Judy said...

First of all Carrie, I want to welcome you back. I always enjoy my visits to your blog.

I did not help my grandma or mother make tea cakes, but I did spend lots of time with my grandma in the kitchen. This brought back some special memories for me.

pchickki said...

You just sparked some warm and wonderful memories.

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