Tea cake


Adapted from Bake by Allyson Gofton


  • ¾ cup caster sugar
  • 50g butter, softened
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ¾ cup milk

For topping:

  • Butter or margarine to spread
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp caster sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius and grease cake tin (I used a 23cm/9inch pan)
  2. Mix (not cream) together sugar and butter. Once combined, mix in egg and beat until smooth.
  3. In a separate bowl sift flour and baking powder together. Fold in flour mixture alternately with the milk.
  4. Spoon the batter in the prepared tin and bake for 40 minutes or until golden.
  5. Allow to cool in tin for five minutes before turning onto cooling rack.
  6. Brush with softened butter or margarine and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.

Best served warm

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  • Sarah

    Nice cake, yum! Mine didn’t rise a lot though…was it supposed to? It’s a bit hard to tell from your photo?
    Thanks, Sarah

    • http://www.highteawithdragons.com Kirsten

      Hi Sarah, It should’ve risen a little, but it’d not meant to be a high cake – mine rose to about 7cm at its highest point. How high the cake gets depends on what size tin you use – I use a 9inch one for most of my cakes, but a smaller tin will produce a thicker cake. Glad you liked it! xx