Thursday, June 30, 2011

Cinnamon tea cake + 100th post!

Hello hello :) First of all I got a little excited when I logged into blogger today because I realised this would be my 100th post! How exciting :) I started this little blog at the end of October last year (after my HSC) as I was sick of studying and wanted to start learning more about what I love: cooking, health and nutrition, which I'm currently studying. I love reading other peoples blogs, getting ideas, inspiration, amazing recipes and hearing tidbits of other peoples lives! Blogging is so much fun and has become a hobby of mine so thankyou so much for's to another 100 ;)

Now today I did more cooking with A. I know what you're thinking, all I do is cook with friends and you know what, I won't argue with you, haha. It's true! But we all need to yeah. Well we decided to make a cinnamon tea cake for afternoon tea. The recipe is from a classic Women's Weekly cooking book my mother has, which I'm sure was passed down from my Grandmother!

Recipe: Cinnamon Teacake
60g butter
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1/2 cup castor sugar
1 egg
1 cup self-raising flour
1/3 cup milk
15g butter, melted, extra
1 tablespoon castor sugar, extra
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1. Grease a  deep 20cm round cake pan or deep 20cm sandwich pan, cover base with greaseproof or baking paper. (I just greased pan with some butter)
2. Place butter and essence in small bowl, beat on medium speed with electric mixer until light and creamy; butter should be as white as possible. Gradually beat in sugar, beat until soft and creamy. Add egg, beat until light and fluffy.
3. Stir in half the sifted flour and half the milk, stir gently with a wooden spoon until combined. Add remaining sifted flour and milk, stir gently until combined, then beat until smooth, using wooden spoon. Spread mixture into prepared pan, bake in moderate oven for about 25 minutes or until cake is slightly shrunken from side of pan. Stand cake 2 minutes before turning cake onto wire rack.
4. Brush cake with extra melted butter, sprinkle evenly with combined extra sugar and cinnamon. 

Classic cake! Light, fluffy, cinnamon-y. Perfect for afternoon tea :) The cake doesn't rise all that much though, so I think the recipe could easily be doubled. 


Also! I'm going to Melbourne for most of next week which is very exciting and I was wondering if any of you who live in Melbourne have some great places to visit? Vintage shops/cafes/galleries/other places you love? Please tell me! I shall write them all down :) Thanks!

Hannah x


  1. Man, I'd love it if all my friends wanted to bake and cook with me! This cake looks amazing, as all your recipes do. Definitely looks like a perfect afternoon tea treat.

    Have a great time in Melbourne - I LOVE that city, and happy 100th! xxx

  2. Congrats on 100! This blogging bizzo is a bit fun:)

  3. Well done on 100 posts Hannah! Cinnamon tea cake was a childhood favourite of mine, so warm and yummy! When I make it I like to put a cinnamon and sugar mix over the top of the cake before it hits the oven. This creates a beautiful crusty, sugary top that is heaven sent!

  4. Congrats on 100! I've only recently discovered your blog and love it I'm going to Melbs next weekend and an super dooper excited as is a favourite city of mine!

    I'd say- brunswick street, gertrude street- that part of melbourne, past the museum is a mecca. Lost and Found Market is an absolute must for vintage/ eclectic/ random stuff and clothes. The best!

    Chapel St is nice- very long. The first part is more posh, the latter bit more grungy- so many shops though! Chapel St Bazaar is a favourite. I think there's a place called Design a space or something similar? It has lots of melbourne-made clothes etc. If you're staying out later in that direction, Revolver Upstairs is a fab venue, great decor.

    City- Flinders Lane of course, and Centre Place Arcade- cliched, but for a reason. There's a cutesy shop called Kinky Gerlinki. Retrostar- vintage stuff, but kind of expensive and every time I've been I've never found anything. Metropolis Books is good- it's sandwiched between Cookie and Rooftop Bar (which you should definitely visit) in a building on Swanston St. Mag nation have lots of international titles, um Polyester Records is good. Pony is a great bar- on little collins. wow, just listing everything I'm thinking of.... and I'm out of steam!!

    Have a great time!

  5. Jane- hehe yes, well it's hard to know what else to do in the holidays! thanks, should be lots of fun :) x

    Sarah- it is isn't it!! ;) x

    Keely- yes, it's definitely a classic! Oooh good tip, I'll make sure to do it next time !! :)

    Kasia- Thanks for such a lovely comment! I went to Melbourne a few years ago with a friend and loved brunswick/gertrude street! (I even bought a toy elephant from Rose St markets and called him Mr. Fitz Gertrude, haha). I forgot about Kinki Gerlinki, loved that shop- I'll have to remember it :) I shall write these all down, thanks so much!! x

  6. Weeeeeeeee! Happy 100th post & happy amazing cinnamon cake!1 Love it all. I really enjoy reading your blog. Now can I please have a slice of cake?! :)
    Heidi xo