Tea Cake

  • 200 grams (1.6 cups) all-purpose flour
  • 3 large eggs
  • 100 grams (0.5 cups) granulated sugar
  • 60 grams (0.25 cups) vegetable oil
  • 65 grams (0.27 cups) strongly brewed tea (with bergamot)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 grams (1 teaspoon) baking powder
  • 2 grams (0.75 teaspoons) ground cinnamon
  • 750 grams (6 cups) apples
  • 200 grams (1 cup) whipping cream
  • 1 apple (for chips)


  • Baking tin

    Ensure your baking tin is non-stick or use parchment paper for easy removal.

  • Electric mixer

    A stand mixer is ideal for beating the eggs and sugar to a firm foam, saving you time and effort.

  • Sifter

    Use a sifter to mix the flour with the baking powder and cinnamon. This ensures a smooth, lump-free batter.

  • Oven thermometer

    Maintaining an accurate temperature is key to baking success. An oven thermometer helps ensure your oven is at the correct temperature.

  • Apple slicer

    For precise, thin apple slices used for chips, an apple slicer can be a lifesaver.

  • Cooling rack

    Allow your tea cake to cool evenly by placing it on a cooling rack.

  • Spatula

    A silicone spatula works best for folding in the apples and scraping all the batter into the baking tin.


Step 1

Step 1: Prepare Apple Chips

Step 2

Tip: Cut an apple into thin slices. Tip: Lay them out on a baking sheet. Dry them for several hours at a temperature of 95-104°F (35-40°C).

Step 3

Step 2: Prepare the Baking Tin

Step 4

Tip: Wrap the bottom of your baking tin with aluminum foil to prevent leakage.

Step 5

Tip: Grease it slightly with baking spray or butter.

Step 6

Step 3: Cut Apples

Step 7

Tip: Cut the apples with their peel into small, even pieces to ensure uniform baking.

Step 8

Step 4: Make the Dough

Step 9

Tip: Beat the eggs with sugar until they are light and fluffy.

Step 10

Tip: Sift the flour with baking powder and cinnamon. Gradually fold this mixture into the beaten eggs.

Step 11

Step 5: Combine Ingredients

Step 12

Tip: Add vegetable oil and vanilla extract to the mixture. Mix well until smooth.

Step 13

Tip: Pour in the cooled and strained tea, and mix until fully combined.

Step 14

Tip: Gently fold the cut apples into the dough.

Step 15

Step 6: Bake the Cake

Step 16

Tip: Pour the batter into the prepared baking tin.

Step 17

Tip: Bake in a preheated oven at 356°F (180°C) for 40-45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Step 18

Step 7: Decorate

Step 19

Tip: Allow the cake to cool completely before decorating. Top with whipped cream and arrange apple chips on top.


Once your Tea Cake is beautifully baked and decorated with whipped cream and apple chips, it's time to serve and savor. 🍰

For a cozy afternoon tea: Pair a slice of your tea cake with a cup of hot, aromatic Earl Grey tea. The bergamot notes in the tea will enhance the cake's flavors, making your tea time truly special.

Dessert delight: Serve slices of the cake with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side. 🍦 The warm spices in the cake combined with the cool creaminess of the ice cream are a match made in dessert heaven.

Breakfast treat: Enjoy a slice of this moist cake as part of your breakfast. It's a delightful alternative to your usual pastries and pairs perfectly with a morning coffee. ☕

Thoughtful gestures: Wrap individual slices in parchment paper and add a ribbon for an adorable homemade gift. 🎁 Your friends and family will appreciate the sweet gesture.


If you or your loved ones have dietary preferences or restrictions, we've got you covered with these gluten-free and vegan variations. 🌱

Gluten-Free Variation:

  • Replace the regular flour with a gluten-free flour blend.
  • Ensure your baking powder is gluten-free.

Vegan Variation:

  • Substitute the eggs with flax eggs (1 tablespoon ground flaxseed mixed with 3 tablespoons water per egg).
  • Use a dairy-free whipping cream.
  • Opt for a plant-based vegetable oil, such as coconut or avocado oil.

With these simple swaps, everyone can enjoy a slice of this delightful tea cake. 🥰


  • Why isn't my cake rising properly?

    Ensure your baking powder is fresh and your oven is preheated to the correct temperature.

  • Can I use a different type of tea?

    Absolutely! Try experimenting with different teas like chai or green tea for a unique twist.

  • How do I know when the cake is done baking?

    Insert a toothpick into the center of the cake. If it comes out clean, the cake is ready.

  • Can I add nuts or raisins to the batter?

    Yes, adding nuts or raisins can add extra texture and flavor. Just fold them into the batter before baking.

  • How should I store the cake?

    Keep the cake in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days, or refrigerate for longer shelf life.

  • Can I freeze the cake?

    Yes, you can freeze the cake. Wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and aluminum foil before freezing for up to 2 months.

Nutrition facts

Tea cake with apples, cinnamon and bergamot
Recipe Yield:8 servings
Calories:Approximately 275 calories per serving
Calories (Min - Max):250 - 300
Total Fat:15g
Saturated Fat:5g
Total Carbohydrate:32g
Total Sugars:20g