Tea Cake

It's the birthday month of the blog and the blogger :)

I know it's not a typical birthday cake recipe, but I love plain Tea cakes! If you ask me they are the bestest!

I've been wanting to bake this tea cake forever and finally baked it the other day. Though it's a no-frills cake, it tastes wow!

Just imagine a perfect buttery moist cake with a golden crust and tender crumbs that melt into your mouth…it's pure happiness in cake form ;)

You can have it plain or you can dress it up with some custard/whipped cream and berries/fruit compote. Either way, it's fab!

MM celebrates her 16th birthday this month!! I'm happy that the blog has come this long, though there is much scope for improvement ;) Thank You for being a part of MM!!

I do really hope you give this recipe a try and love it like just we did.

Recipe from Bava R. Lukose's Suriyani Cookery

Tea Cake
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Tea Cake

A rich buttery moist plain cake with tender crumbs.
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Course: Baking, Dessert, Breakfast, Tea Time, Snacking
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Baking, Cakes, Dessert, Teatime, Breakfast,, Plain Cake, Moist Butter Cake, Tea Cake
Author: Maria Jose Martin


  • 2 cups Plain flour (maida)
  • 2 tsp Baking powder
  • 4 Eggs (@room temp)
  • 1 3/4 cups Sugar
  • 113 gms (1/2 cup) Unsalted Butter, softened
  • 1 cup Milk (I used full fat)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract (optional, refer notes)


  • Preheat the oven to 180 C, for 10 mins before baking. Grease an eight or nine- inch cake tin (I used a 9 -inch loaf tin with butter and line with parchment paper.
  • Sieve together plain flour and baking powder.
  • With an electric beater, beat together butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla extract (if using) until it's light and fluffy.
  • Add flour and milk alternately to the above. Start and end with flour.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared cake tin and bake in the pre-heated oven for 45-50 mins or until the center of the the toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  • Let the cake rest in the cake tin for 10 mins and transfer onto a serving plate. Once the cake is cooled completely slice and serve.


I recommend using a wide and deep cake tin for this recipe. 
The baking time may vary depending on the oven and also on the size of the cake tin you use. 
The original recipe uses 1 tsp caraway seeds instead of vanilla extract. If you are using caraway seeds, add it in the end.
The batter may curdle in between (mine was super curdled) but it will come together in the end. 
Tried this recipe? Let others know by…mentioning @mariasmenu or tagging #mariasmenu
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11 thoughts on “Tea Cake”

    • Hi Sandhya,

      It’s best and easier if there is an electric beater, but you can mix it using a manual whisk or wooden spatula. However it takes a bit extra time and effort :)


  1. Hello Maria… Thanks for the recipe… Want to know the cooking time if am using the same batter for cup cake… I love all of ur recipes and am a hard core fan of urs ?

    • Hi Soumya, You are welcome! Great to know that you like the recipes here :)

      If you are making it as cupcakes,you can reduce the baking time to 15 – 25 mins, depending on the size of the cupcake and your oven temp level.


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