Tuesday, 28 September 2010

food: tea cake

Some of you may disagree but we think that cake represents a necessary food group so it rightfully has taken a place on this weeks menu at the Blue House.

I always use the recipe from 'Central Cookery Book.' Every true Tasmanian will know about his book written by the wonderful Miss A.C. Irvine, the late former Mistress of Domestic Sciences with the Education Department in Tasmania. Miss Irvine included many wonderful recipes in this book including like Tripe Fricassee and Fish and Pineapple Loaf. The book was used as a text at high school and then at home. I don't think you really Tasmanian until you own and cook from the 'Central.'

Minnie and I whipped this one up yesterday and enjoyed a small warm slice for morning tea.

Tea Cake
  • 3/4 cup sugar

  • 60 butter

  • 1 egg

  • 1 1 2/ cup Self Raising flour

  • 3/4 cup milk


  • 2 tsp butter
  • 2 tsp caster sugar

  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  1. Prepare oven to 190'c. Grease and paper base of 2 x 16 1/2 cm cake pans or a slab tin 27cm x 18cm.

  2. Sift flour.

  3. Cream butter and sugar. Add egg and beat well. Fold in flour and milk alternatively, blending all carefully.

  4. Pour into cake pans or slab tin. Bake 25-30 minutes or until done.

  5. Cool in tin for a few minutes, then turn onto cake cooler and reverse so top of the cake is uppermost.

  6. While still hot 'spread' top with butter and sprinkle with mixed sugar and cinnamon
  7. Serve sliced hot or cold


jodi said...

yum, tea cake, a necessity in life really. Re. acknowledgment - so so very important and essential to all baby-lost mothers. Perhaps Alice caught the balloon. x

tea with lucy said...

looks like we've found ourselves a cooking activity for the afternoon. yum. xo

Hazel said...

I remember cooking from my mother's old copy of the central cookery book, with imperial measurements and the cover had long since disappeared. I have fond memories of this tea cake and might have to cook one sooner rather than later!

Hope's Mama said...

Your recipes are always very yummy! This looks like no exception!

Michelle said...

Oh gosh, I'm not a true Tasmanian! I need a copy of that book pronto, that cake looks like a delicious classic!

ecoMILF said...

Mmm I've always wondered how to make a simple tea cake. Thanks! xx m.

Black Eyed Susie said...

Yep. I know that book well. Mine is mostly a cover with a bunch of loose pages. And my Mum has an older edition. I was a little surprised recently, when we had a cabbage glut, that it didn't have a chow mein recipe. Classic Tassie 1970s meal!