Tea cake

Sometimes you have the time and energy to spend half a day baking a fancy cake, and sometimes you just want a warm piece of cake to have with a cup of tea.

When my nana moved into her rest home, I inherited some of her recipe books. One of these was a fundraising book from her golf club – The Greendale Ladies Golf Club Presents a Collection of Proven Recipes. As its name suggests, the book contains tried and true recipes like ginger gems, sponges, and Christmas cake, along with savoury dishes like baked chops, soused trout, and stuffed celery (where the celery is stuffed with a ‘mock crab’ made from butter, cheese, tomato sauce and Worcester sauce!!) So when I felt like something classic, the tea cake sounded ideal. It’s so simple and will be ready to serve in 45 minutes. Brew yourself a cup of tea and relax.

golf book


130g flour
130g self raising flour
125g sugar
1 egg
30g butter, melted
½c sultanas

For the crumb

1/3c flour
1/3c brown sugar
50g butter, softened and cut into cubes
1 teaspoon cinnamon


Preheat your oven to 200°C and grease a 20cm cake tin.
Quickly make the crumb by adding all of the ingredients to a food processor and whizzing until clumps form. Set aside.
In the bowl of stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the flours, sugar and sultanas and mix on low speed.
With the mixer still on low, add the egg and melted butter and enough milk until the mixture starts to resemble scone dough. (I used just over 1/3c milk.)
Gently press the mixture into the tin and sprinkle with the crumb.
Bake for 30-35 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes in the tin before turning out.
This cake is lovely served warm and is best eaten on the day it’s made.

cake slice

Here are some of the handy tips supplied by the good ladies at the Greendale Golf Club:

  • add mustard powder to washing up water to remove fish odour.
  • when cooking old potatoes, add lemon juice to the water to improve the colour.
  • if you have a beetroot stain, cover the stain immediately in a slice of bread that has been dipped in cold water.
  • to prevent ribbons slipping out of children’s hair, dampen the portion that you tie and it will stay secure all day.
  • to soften new tea towels, dissolve Epsom salts in a tub of water and soak the towels overnight, then boil them.

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