Tea cake

For those of us (Americans) for whom “tea” or “coffee” is not the name of a meal, even we get the urge for tea time in the cold of winter. What’s better on a Sunday afternoon, when brunch is a distant memory, but it’s still too early for dinner? Some warm drinks, a few snacks, maybe a little cake.

The cake I’m looking for is somewhat plain–no swirls of frosting or excesses of chocolate here. You don’t want to leave the tea table feeling too guilty to eat your supper later. You want something comforting, but just enough to satisfy your sweet tooth. My personal rule of thumb is that if you might eat it for breakfast, it’s also perfect for tea.

If you’re feeling fancy, a pretty fluted or decorative springform pan gives a lovely shape to your cake, but often a simple loaf pan will do just fine. A dusting of powdered sugar, a simple glaze or a dollop of jam is all the dressing up you need.

Five Quick and Delicious Cakes for Tea

George Washington’s Carrot Tea Cake

Quick Yogurt Cake

Whole Wheat Cinnamon Snacking Cake

Everyday Chocolate Cake

Edna Lewis’ Busy Day Cake

Melissa Jerves writes about food, family and 21st century home economics on her blog, Home Baked.

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