Recipe: Afternoon Teal Cake

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You know when you don’t really feel like doing anything, you’re bone tired {I think I finally figured out what that feels like, so tired down to the bones}, your hair has regrowth majorly, a pimple has taken up residency on your chin and you’re just not in the mood?

But then you do, you drag your sorry butt out for a good time, and surprise, surprise you actually have one. Or perhaps you’re one of those people that is always up for a good time. I like those people.

What I’m trying to say is that sometimes you need an excuse to be social {and sometimes you don’t, hello you always-up-for-a-good-time people}, and I’ve got an excuse for you.

February is Ovarian Cancer Awareness, a national campaign to raise awareness for symptoms, risk and impact of ovarian cancer. To do this Ovarian Cancer Australia asks you to have a little afternoon tea {or Afternoon Teal as they like to call it}, get together with your girlfriends, boyfriends, family or whoever you please and hopefully raise a little bit of money too.

Every day, sadly, four women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and three of those people will die from the disease. One thousand women die each year from the disease. They’re really sad facts.

So if you can, invite someone {or a few people} round for tea. It doesn’t have to be fancy, a store-bought cake, a cup of your favourite brew and a few laughs. Get everyone to throw a few coins on the table, and you’ve done a REALLY good thing. Or just pop over and here and donate some money.

We made this cake below and it was so good. That cinnamon-y top is delicous-o.

Cinnamon Tea Cake

180g butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs
1 1/4 cups self-raising flour
1/4 cup plain flour
2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
1/2 cup milk

Topping

1 tablespoon caster sugar
1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon butter, melted

Method

♥ Preheat your oven to 170 degrees Celsius. Grease and line a round tin {or a heart one}.
♥ Please sugar, vanilla and butter in a bowl and beat until pale and creamy. Add eggs, and beat after each one. Add the rest of the ingredients {flours, cinnamon, and milk} and beat until combined.
♥ Pour into prepared tin and cook for one hour.
♥ When the cook is cooked, combine the sugar and cinnamon in a bowl. Brush the top of the cake with the butter and then sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.

I’ve got one Maxwell & Williams Afternoon Teal prize pack up for grabs. Just tell me who would you love to sit down and have tea with below, to be in the running.

I’ll pick a winner on Sunday at 4pm. x

  • http://www.dancingthroughsunday.typepad.com rebecca

    Yummy! I also baked heart shaped sweets today!
    http://www.dancingthroughsunday.typepad.com
    x

  • Caroline

    That cake looks delish. I might have to give it a go at our Afternoon
    Teal. These events are a great way to get together and spread the word
    about Ovarian Cancer (it’s a cause close to my heart) with other women.
    Who would I love to sit down & have a tea with? My mum, cause it’s nice to just have some girl time together.

  • Cass Cusack

    oh dear if this cake is half as good as your melt and mix chocolate cake we are in trouble
    thansk Chantelle

  • Tanya

    I think this is a wonderful initiative to increase awareness. Having breast cancer myself I know how precious life is and try to enjoy quality time with the people who are important to me those who I treasure. I’d love to sit down with my daughter, my mum and my three sister in laws and have a good old natter together enjoying each other’s company with some tea, cake and a beautiful Maxwell & Williams Afternoon Teal pack.

  • Tegan Bryant

    I’d love to have tea with my Nanny. She’s passed away seven years ago, just as I was becoming the woman I would have wanted her to know. She was the queen of the afternoon tea with her homemade cream buns. I’d bring my three-month-old daughter Grace for one of her squishy cuddles. It would be heaven.

  • kforkarli

    I’d like to sit down with my friend Simo. The best teacher then mentor and friend. Ovarian cancer is the worst and zapped all life out of her. She would probably make me bake a healthy cake though..

  • Gabrielle

    If I were to host an afternoon tea party I would love to have a simple girly tea party with my family including past Great Grandma, Grandma, Nanna, Mum, Aunties, Cousins, Sisters, Nieces and best friend spending time together talking about family history and passing on experiences, knowledge and favourite recipes to compile a family recipe book :) then would finish it off with a group photo to have on the front cover and of course to hold onto such a special memory. :)

  • Shelley Papagiannopoulos

    My Mumma. Damn, that woman needs to sit and drink a cup of tea!. She looks after my 96yr old blind grandfather who still still lives alone, my dad with two bad knees and a cardiac condition, works full time as a cleaner, looks after my sisters children after school, is moving house!
    Im tired just thinking about it all but she’s chipper and just goes about her business. Sit her down and eat some cake, I say!!

  • katie

    i’d love to have a peaceful afternoon tea with my two besties – between us we have 6 kids under 5 yrs old, and one of my friends lives in a different state so i don’t see her nearly enough… despite us all adoring our kidlets, a quiet cuppa, a piece of tea cake and a long overdue catch up without the little people around would be so grown up and so delightful.

  • Ella Spurling

    I would love to sit down and have a tea with you, Chantelle! I will make a cake for you + a cuppa and look after your lovely babes while you relax.

    • http://www.fatmumslim.com.au/ Chantelle : Fat Mum Slim

      Oh, I might have just fallen in love with you. x

  • Rebecca

    I would love to sit down for tea with my Nana and my daughter. I miss my Nana immensely as she is now longer with us and she never met my daughter but I know the 2 of them would get on fabulously. Nana also loved afternoon tea and would always wheel the tea trolley out at 3pm with a cake tin that was ALWAYS stocked with delicious home baked yumminess! Just like your tea cake…

  • Deborah Myers

    I would love to sit quietly with my best friend for 27 years, Cheryl, over a cup of Earl Gray Tea and a piece of this wonderful cake. To sit in peace would be heavenly!