Cinnamon Vanilla Tea Cake Recipe

How about this easy to make and very delicious Cinnamon Vanilla Tea Cake for your next afternoon tea?  Actually it is equally as good with coffee, hot chocolate or even a glass of cold milk. Quite delicious and simple to make. Tea cakes are also excellent served for breakfast, brunch, or a snack to your family and friends.

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Cinnamon Vanilla Tea Cake Recipe:
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
45 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: English
Keyword: Cinnamon Vanilla Tea Cake Recipe
Servings: 1 cake
Cinnamon Vanilla Tea Cake:
  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups cake flour, sifted
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon, ground
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup egg whites (about 4 large eggs), separated
Spiced Crumb Cake Topping:
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1 firmly-packed cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon, ground
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice, ground
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, ground
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Cinnamon Vanilla Tea Cake Instructions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Spray the bottom and all sides of a round or square cake pan or cupcake pan with non-stick spray.  Dust the sides with granulated sugar.

  2. Prepared Spiced Crumb Cake Topping; set aside until ready to use.

  3. In a large mixing bowl of your electric mixer, at a medium speed, cream the butter.  Add sugar, a little at a time, and beat together until well mixed and creamy.  Add cake flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and milk, beating until smooth.Beat in vanilla extract.

  4. In a separate dry bowl, beat the egg whites until soft peaks form  (not stiff) and cling to the sides of the bowl.  Fold into the butter/flour mixture.  Pour the batter almost to the top of the cake pan or cupcake pan.  Generously cover the top of the batter with the Spiced Crumb Cake Topping.

  5. Bake approximately 20 to 25 minutes for cupcakes/ 30 to 40 minutes for full size cake or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.  Remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack.

Spiced Crumb Cake Topping Instructions:
  1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg.  Using a fork or pastry blender, cut in the butter and vanilla extract until well mixed.  The mixture will create large, moist clumps.

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Comments and Reviews

One Response to “Cinnamon Vanilla Tea Cake Recipe”

  1. Bev

    Followed recipe. Checked after 25mins and still a soggy batter mix. Still waiting. Cooking time is way out. Hope it bakes as I need this for a tea party tomorrow for 14 guests. Help!


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