Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Choco-Nut Tea Cake

Surprised to see a baked goodie here after so much rant about a diet?Worry not,you've come to the right place,lol.Thanks to all of you who sent me mails asking if I was ok,the diet part aside,I am doing great.But blog wise,I've been a bit off since I've been not cooking anything new and the least exciting.So I thought I should give a small treat to all of you and to myself for successfully[almost] going on with the diet and shaking off my weight here and there.

A tea-cake is called so because it is generally served with afternoon tea but can be applied loosely to any kind of cake that is sturdy enough to be picked up with the fingers.[source]

I've always been a tea-cake fan because it is the perfect answer for those cake-cravings sans the frosting.Though I've never actually baked a tea-cake per se,this and this are very similar to these.With the strong taste of butter and vanilla along with the melt in the mouth goodness and the crunch of nuts and chocolate chips in every bite this one's a winner for sure!!

Choco-Nut Tea Cake
Recipe source - Lakshmi Nair


Flour - 1 cup
Cornflour - 4 tbsp
Baking powder - 1 tsp
Butter - 1/2 cup[100 gms]
Powdered sugar - 3/4 cup [ I took a heaped 1/2 cup of sugar and powdered it]
Eggs - 2
Vanilla essence - 1 tsp
Milk - 1/2 cup
Nuts - 1/4 cup[I used cashewnuts and walnuts]
Chocolate chips - 1/4 cup


Preheat oven to 180C.
Grease and line a loaf tin.
Sift together flour,cornflour and baking powder,reserve.
Cream together butter and powdered sugar till light and fluffy.
Add eggs one at a time and beat well.
Mix in the vanilla essence.
Spoon the flour mix about 3 tsp at a time alternately with milk and beat well till you get a smooth batter.
The batter would be thickish,not a flowing one--mix in the nuts and chocolate chips.
Pour the batter into the prepared tin and bake for 30 minutes or till a toothpick inserted comes out clean.*
Remove the cake to a wire rack and let it cool down.
Cut into slices and serve.
You could also bake this in a square pan and cut the cake into small squares,choice is yours!!
*[I had some leftover batter and I baked it in small tart molds.]


  1. Cakes like these are my favourite kind of cakes and thes look so good.

  2. love the slices..perfect and also tryingto stay away from bakes and sweets,,quite a tough job!!

  3. Divya, that looks stunning..I came to eagerly to see if it is eggless..but anyways I can make this for the kids..will try it out and let you know..thanks...good to know you are doig good..:P

  4. Lovely tea cake Divya..Wish I could have one slice now wid my evening tea..:(

  5. Awesome cake,so soft and moist,loved it.

  6. Gorgeous tea cake, Divya. The texture is perfect, moist and soft. Like the use of cornflour in the ingredients. Would love to bake it soon. Best wishes.

  7. cake is looking yummy. I had tried this cake before after seeing it at purplefoodie and all the chocochips sunked ....but yours seems just right.

  8. Hey Divya...they look absolutely lovely :)


  9. Hmm.. yummy.. and perfect too..

  10. Just beautiful layout here, loved the pictures, they are getting better, Divu.. Tea cake is just amazing..feel like picking via screen itself..shall try it n let u know! Tks for sharing!

  11. cake looks super soft n delicious the combo of choco n nuts ..yummy


  12. Scrumptious cake, i dont bother to have slices rite now with a cup of hot masala tea..

  13. Cake looks very moist with a lovely crust..The pic of the sliced cake is droolworthy

  14. I am not surprised at all!!!! You gotta bake and also eat a slice at least once in a while, even if u are on a diet:-)

    This looks gorgeous Divya!!I love tea cakes too and baked one too!

  15. Cake looks perfect with all those choco chips in there. Perfect with chai :)

  16. Love the crack through the loaf, u sliced the whole loaf without tasting a piece, tempting one :)

  17. Delicious and mouthwatering cake...yummy!!

  18. Cake looks soft and delicious!!

  19. divya its my kinda cake.... :)
    Just love it :)...
    So how did u shake ur weight??? some effect on????

  20. The cake luks awesome and perfect,not jus for tea break,but anytime for me :)

  21. Wow the tea cake has got such a beautiful texture..looks so delicious and i am so much tempted divya..

  22. Hi Divya,
    I tried this few days back and loved it. I hope you dont mind that I have copied the recipe in my blog and linked it back to you. Please let me know if there are any issues. I am going to make this again! Thanks for sharing

  23. Hey Divya, Sorry the previous comment from unknown is me. I forgot to login!

    1. So happy to hear that you liked it Uj,it is one of our favorites too!

  24. Such a nice recipe.
    I'm a beginner in baking. Can you pls help me to find a good hand blender available in India at a reasonable price.


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