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Sunday, August 7, 2011

Guest Post * The first bite & the last crumb

Many of my friends have different opinions on what treat is best coupled with that afternoon cup of tea. For some, it will depend on the flavour of the tea (mint always sits well with a piece of dark chocolate) and for others, it can be determined by the reason for meeting – coming together for an Earl Grey after a break up will require the largest slice of chocolate cheesecake you can find, where as a lengthy catch up over several pots of English Breakfast may require a smaller, more delicate Victoria sponge.

The biscuit is a humble, reliable friend (although one can lead to another…) and let us not forget our faithful British tea friends: scones, shortbread and jam tarts. They all serve their purpose in our quest for tasty tea accompanying treats - but somehow, it always comes back to cake.

I first discovered Red Velvet cake whilst at University. Friends of mine from America introduced me to it after we threw a spectacular Southern themed party for my housemate. For my first batch of Red Velvet cupcakes, I used a recipe half memorised by my American friend (who remembered his Grandmother baking it) and half scoured from the Internet.

After converting to the “milk no sugar” clique, I often found myself craving a sweet partner for my tea, and Red Velvet cake with cream cheese frosting became my go-to dessert. Having adapted the recipe over time, I’ve been coerced into making them on more than several occasions. I’ve whipped them up for garden parties, for tea parties - I even constructed a giant cupcake for a charity raffle at work.

You can find a great version of the recipe here (although with any rich cake, you’ll often find you will adapt it to your own tastes). If you live in London and you’re running too late to bake for that rendezvous with your best friend, you can always swing by TheHummingbird Bakery and pick up one of their moist Red Velvets – they were the first bakery in the UK to introduce the American cake.

A splash of milk, no sugar and lots of love,
Amy Elizabeth


KatGotTheCream said...

They look devilishly good! I completely know what you mean about having the right accompaniment to tea. I often have mint tea with chocolatey stuff, chamomile with flapjack and builders with just about any cake. I love Earl Grey with lemon drizzle cake and fruit teas with something plain like a scone.
What a lovely post!!

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