BM #96 Week 2 Day 1 - 

This week I shall highlight some mid day snack ideas, also called Elevenses. I came across this word for the first time when Srivalli announced the themes available for this month. Later on Wiki and Google helped me get a grasp as to the history, what is usually served, etc.,

Even today, in many workplaces, specially in Europe, there is an array of snacks and beverages served during the 11 o'clock hour which serves as a break time.

One of the many refreshments served are these slices of cinnamon tea cake. They are mildly sweet and go well with any beverage.

Recipe adapted from here
Ingredients - 

All Purpose Flour 3/4 cup
Whole Wheat Flour 1/4 cup
Baking Powder 1 tsp
Salt a pinch
Sugar 1/2 cup
Butter at room temperature 4 Tbsp
Milk 1/2 cup
Yogurt 2 Tbsp (+ more as needed depending on the type of flour used)
Topping - 
Butter 1 tsp
Sugar 1 Tbsp 
Cinnamon 1 tsp
Coconut Powder 1 Tbsp

Method Of Preparation -

Preheat the oven to 350 °F.

In a deep bowl, whisk the butter, sugar, milk and yogurt until the sugar is blended in.

In another bowl, sieve the flours, salt and baking powder.

Gradually add the flour to the wet ingredients. Mix gently until well combined.

Grease a cake pan (I used 6 inch round pan). Line it with parchment paper.

Transfer the batter into the cake pan. Tap the pan on the counter to pop any trapped air bubbles.

Bake in the centre rack for about 28-30 minutes or until a tester comes out clean when inserted in the middle of the cake.

Let it cool for about 5-10 minutes. Run a knife along the edges and loosen the cake.

In a mixing bowl, add in the topping ingredients except butter.

Invert the cake while still warm. Brush melted butter on top, sprinkle the cinnamon-coconut-sugar mixture evenly on top. 

Allow it to cool down for another 10 minutes. Slice and enjoy with a cup of tea.


Preparation Time 10 minutes + Baking Time 30 minutes + Cooling time 15-20 minutes
Makes a 6 inch cake (8 generous slices)


  1. The tea cake looks gorgeous ! I love cakes with yogurt they always turn out great . Perfect pick for Elevenses !

  2. cookwithrenu Says:
  3. The cake looks so beautiful and the texture is wonderfully soft and perfect.

  4. rajani Says:
  5. My knowledge of elevenses is from Tolkien’s book- The Hobbit. Elevenses is between their second breakfast and lunch. Lunch is followed by afternoon tea, dinner and supper. If I remember right, there is a mention of tea cake by Bilbo somewhere in the book. Your cake would definitely earn a space in their table :-)

  6. jayashree Says:
  7. The cake looks so soft and gorgeous. It must have tasted awesome. Lovely share.

  8. Kalyani Says:
  9. I didnt know naything about Elevenses till Valli brought this theme :-) glad some of you took it up.. we get so many options like this lovely cake you have given us... bookmarked to try... love such hearty, simple bakes with a cup of herbal tea...

  10. Priya Suresh Says:
  11. How fabulous this cake looks, love cinnamon flavored cakes or buns anytime. Would love to have a slice of this cake anytime.

  12. Elevenses concept was new to me until I moved here, got to learn about this regime from some friends. This cinnamon cake is perfect to eat in those hours.

  13. sushma Says:
  14. Yum, the cake looks so delicious and beautiful. Love the flavor of cinnamon in cake.

  15. Even I came to know about this tradition only after seeing Vallis announcement. This cinnamon cake is a perfect dish for the theme. Cinnamon flavor in cakes is so wonderful and I love it. The cake looks wonderful Harini.

  16. Same here. Came to know about elevenses after seeing BM announcement. Such a delectable cake!

  17. Suma Gandlur Says:
  18. The cake looks and sounds flavorful and makes a great treat for any meal, I bet.

  19. I can eat the whole cake myself. This cake is my weakness and I am tempted to eat some now. Love it!

  20. Swati Says:
  21. Beautifully baked cake.. loved the texture. Same here, I too came to know about the concept of elevenses through the theme only.

  22. Anonymous Says:
  23. Thanks for fiknally writing about >"Eggless Cinnamon Tea Cake" <Loved it!

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