Friday, March 8, 2013


You know I have a thing for teas~
Blooming teas~And Jasmine teas~and here:)
Tea Forte teas~
David's Teas~
Harney and Son's Teas~
Japanese and Chinese Teas~
Cupcake Teas~


And teacups..and ..all the beautiful paraphenalia that comes with teas~..
So sometimes..I rename coffee cakes as teacakes:)

This is one  of those coffee cakes that goes particularly well with tea..anytea:)..

It's from a very old cookbook.. a woman I once knew made it for a broker's inspection on a home we were visiting..years ago! I kept the recipe and I alter as I go along..the shape..sour cream sometimes..greek yogurt sometimes..golden raisins or dark..even chopped dates work well..
I do prefer this TEA Cake..shortly out of the oven..or warm it if it is 2 days old..But warm..out of the oven..
"Le Best":)

La Recette~

1/2 cup of butter
1 cup of brown sugar
2 eggs
1 cup sour cream(or go crazy and sub:))
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup golden raisins..again you can vary and I always PLUMP mine.

Topping and Filling

1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 cup chopped nuts(you pick)
1/4 cup golden raisins..again you chose..and I always plump raisins.

Preheat oven to 350 F..Cream butter and sugar..Beat in eggs and sour cream..Sift dry ings.and add to creamed mixture.Fold in raisins.Mix topping ings together.
Spread half of batter into a greased and floured spring form or tube pan..Cover with half of topping mixture.
Spoon on remaining batter and lightly press in remaining topping mixture.
Bake at 350 40-50 mins or until the famous toothpick comes out clean~
Let sit for 10 mins before removing from pan~

I like this cake..
But if I had to pick between this one and my daughter's chocolate chip coffee cake..I'd pick hers..
But then..  again..this is a TEA cake:)And just  a bit out of the oven..Il est bon:)

Here is her recipe:)

My daughter's Sour Cream Chocolate Chip Cake

Have a great weekend~

Et oui ..the little heart cup and saucer are filled w/ ♥ and Namaste~
And is printed with the hearts and word:)

♥                                                        ♥                                                    ♥


  1. Oh, Monique. This post makes me smile with delight, but also flush with embarrassment. There is a package lingering on my guest room bed waiting for me to get it to the post. Shamefully tardy, but I promise it will be in the mail soon. Please pardon my tardiness.

  2. Lovely! The recipe and the tea cup. Aren't the Tea Forte presentations wonderful?


  3. They are gorgeous:)Tea Forte..has a style all it's own.
    Bonnie ..I have the Tea Forte cup (red Susan:) ) that the tea bag stem comes out of..but when Namaste landed on my doorstep..
    I was taken:)

    Sarah..:) No need..keep it for you:)x
    That is such a cute comment though:)

  4. I love a little afternoon break to enjoy a cup of tea and a sweet little something. I hope you have a very nice weekend as well, Monique.

  5. I'm a tea drinker as well and both cakes would be perfect for a tea break in the afternoon. It sounds like the saying is mother, like daughter when it comes to your baking talents.

  6. It is just lovely....
    Your little cake is a must this weekend....
    tea is a ritual here...
    especially this past month!
    Love love your presentation.
    Have a wonderful weekend....
    Will I ever forget ♥

    Shel ♥

  7. Pretty blue cup :)
    I haven't developed the taste for tea but LOVE coffee.
    That cake looks divine!

  8. I love cakes made with sour cream! and with raisins on top. What a wonderful bundt pan you have - heart-shaped!

  9. What a gorgeous tea-bag !! almost too pretty to use. I love peppermint tea with a dash of lemon ... perfect with a slice of your lovely tea-cake.

    "All Things French"

  10. The heart shape alone is enough to fall in love with this cake. Plumping raisins is an excellent idea and I think the chopped dates you mentioned would be very good in this also also.

    Have a lovely weekend Monique.

  11. I LOVE those little cookbooks that are done by individuals or small clubs. They are full of recipes from the heart... and those are the best time. Nothing like a cuppa and cake on a cold wet afternoon!!

  12. :)

    I love a cup of coffee too w/ froth once in a while:)

    The cake is good..but remember my daughter's is better:) Try that one first:)

    I have had that heart shaped spring form for at least 25 yrs:)

    They were avant -garde with the heart:)
    The Tea Forte teas..are lovely to offer as gifts also..and I like that you can offer just one with a teacup..makes it simply right..
    Yes..Bon Weekend!

  13. Namaste /\ :) Beautiful cup and so YOU. I love tea and make time every day - especially in the colder months. I've started buying the Tea Forte loose teas (Amazon) for economy. Mmmmm-Mango Peach and Moroccan Mint!

    I feel the need for a tea cake coming over me :)

  14. So cute this post! Perfect for tea time!

  15. Adorable cup...isn't Tea wonderful? Your cake looks like a bit of and comfort! I must make this soon..pinning...thank you!

  16. A heart-shaped teacup and heart-shaped cake have stolen my heart.

    Merci, mon ami.

  17. So beautiful....I love that tea! The cup is so very you...
    Bisous xo

  18. I'll take a slice of both of cakes with a cup of tea in a lovely tea cup.

  19. Lovely tea, Monique-) Cake is outstanding! Thank you for a very warm post!

  20. Monique, I am finally feeling well again. It's taken a week, but here I am! Such a lovely post. Beautiful cup. Beautiful cake. Beautiful words. Nothing changes. My visit to you as always . . . beautiful! You do come up with the most darling precious things which feed our eyes and souls. You amaze me. I do miss a cup of tea now and again. There is something very soothing about tea. My favourite was always Constant Comment . . . because of the orange spice. So lovely. Kinda like you! Sweet and yet spicy and utterly loveable! xxoo

  21. There is nothing like tea and a cake. I do like my tea from China.