This easy to make tea cake can be whipped up in only 5 minutes using staple pantry ingredients. It is a perfectly moist and not overly sweet cake that makes for a great hostess gift, holiday breakfast or afternoon snack. Use this basic recipe as the starting point for many others, adding in whatever flavors or glazes that you may like!
What is Tea Cake?
Tea Cake is an easy and delicious cake that pairs wonderfully with a cup of tea or coffee for a mid morning or afternoon snack. While it may look like a bread loaf, it's decidedly more cake-like in nature, similar in consistency to a muffin.
One of the reasons I love this basic recipe so much - besides the fact that it's absolutely delicious - is that it a great starting point to add in other flavors. I like to top it with a lemon drizzle, add dried fruit and even spices. Basically, whatever comes to mind!
And because it's such a quick and simple recipe, it's one that my kids love to bake. We bake together as a family a lot. I want my boys to know their way around the kitchen when they are older so they always help me when they can.
Recently, my 2 year old has taken a real shining to baking in particular and since this recipe is so quick to make and requires few ingredients, it's a perfect one for him to feel like he's baking by himself. Usually, I pre-measure the ingredients and then let him "measure" them himself and add them to the bowls.
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Ready for the tea cake recipe? Remember, it only takes 5 minutes hands-on time to make. And if you've made it and enjoyed it, I'd appreciate if you could leave a rating below!
Quick and Easy Tea Cake Recipe
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 egg lightly beaten
- 1 cup milk
- ⅓ cup vegetable oil
- ⅓ cup apple sauce or increase oil to ⅔ of a cup
- 2 tablespoons sugar for sprinkling on top
- Preheat oven to 350°F
- Grease and flour a 1-lb loaf pan
- Combine sugar, flour, baking powder and salt
- Mix together the egg, milk, applesauce and oil
- Gradually add dry mixture to wet until just moist
- Pour the batter into the loaf pan, about ¾ of the way up. Sprinkle with the remaining sugar
- Bake for 50 - 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean
- Allow to cool in the loaf tin for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely