Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Cinnamon tea cakes

Cinnamon tea cakes / Bolinhos com cobertura de canela

Let’s play a game? Think of something tender. Now something three times more tender – there, you have these cakes.

I must be honest with you: I only made these cakes because I wanted to bake something right away and my butter was cold; I remembered that this recipe from DH mag #29 called for melted butter and gave it a try – it was a really good surprise.

Cinnamon tea cakes / Bolinhos com cobertura de canela

Cinnamon tea cakes
from Donna Hay magazine

2 eggs, separated
1 cup + 1 ½ tablespoons (218g) caster sugar
1 cup (240ml) milk
2 cups (280g) all purpose flour, sifted
2 teaspoons baking powder, sifted
¼ cup (56g) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Cinnamon topping:
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons (28g) unsalted butter, melted

Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F; butter two 15cm (6in) round cake pans, line the bottoms with baking paper and butter the paper*.

Place the egg whites in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat until stiff peaks form. Gradually beat in the sugar until thick and glossy. Add the egg yolks, one at a time, beating well to combine. Gradually add the milk then the flour, baking powder, butter and vanilla. Beat until smooth.
Divide the mixture between prepared pans and bake for 35 minutes or until cooked when tested with a skewer. Turn out onto wire racks.
In a small bowl, mix together the brown sugar and cinnamon. While the cakes are still hot, brush with the butter and dust with the combined brown sugar and cinnamon.

* I halved the recipe and used four 1-cup (240ml) capacity mini bundt pans; I generously buttered the pans and unmolded the cakes right after taking them out of the oven;

UPDATE: my blogger friend Rita made this exact recipe (the one posted here, not half as I did) and used a 20cm (8in) round cake pan

Makes 2

22 comments:

Snooky doodle said...

wow these look so nice and yummy. I like cinnamon cakes. These are on my to do list :) I like the bundt

Mr. P said...

Oh my lord! They look delicious.

And thank you for the metric measurements; we appreciate :)

Katie said...

Oh yum they look divide. I'm a sucker for anything cinnamon. I love the mini bundt tins too - so cute

Gala said...

Love the little baking pans... :)

Maria said...

Gorgeous little cakes!

poppyseed said...

Yummm. Cinnamon anything is good and these look especially yummy and pretty with a cup of tea.

Abby said...

The cold-butter thing gets me all the time! What a great workaround.

Heather said...

Just beautiful, dainty little cakes! They look feather light.

Manggy said...

I believe you! That just looks so nicely pillow-soft :) No frosting required! :)

ChichaJo said...

They do look tender...and adorable! I have to get me some of those mini cake tins :)

Barbara said...

I have GOT to get some of those mini bundt pans. I love them! And this is a perfect recipe for them too. They look so delicious and cute with your teacups.
The cinnamon topping is simple and elegant.
Great recipe, Patricia. Copying now.

Anna said...

It looks so cute and delicious I can almost smell the cinnamon. :-)

Choclette said...

These look so lovely - great little bundt tins. I love cinnamon and your photography is fantastic.

amber said...

I made this this morning. They are wonderful! Thanks!

buy r4i kort said...

Tea cakes are really good idea I ma sure it will be really going to be a breakfast partner for all.

Valérie said...

I looove cinnamon and these look so tender that I can't resist !!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Natalie, thank you, sweetie! I love cinnamon cakes, too.

Mr. P, thank you for visiting!

Katie, cinnamon is one of my addictions, too - thank you, sweetie!

Gala, thank you!

Maria, thank you!

Poppyseed, thank you - I'm glad you like them!

Abby, isn't it a pain? When I want to bake, I want to bake! :)
Thank you!

Heather, thank you!

Mark, thank you, my friend!

Joey, thank you! I bought the pans in London - they are impossible to find here.

Barbara, you must! I bought them in London (they are impossible to find here, or cost an arm and a leg). I hope you like the recipe, darling!
xx

Anna, thank you!

Choclette, thank you for stopping by!

Amber, I'm so glad to hear that - thank you so much for letting me know!

Valérie, cinnamon is my favorite spice - thank you, dearie!

Julia @Mélanger said...

There is something so comforting about a tea cake. This looks so delicious.

Ewa said...

Fluffy, soft and just right for afternoon tea.
Have a nice evening.

Ewa

Ewa said...

oh, this is my version
http://mojakuchniawirlandii.blogspot.com/2010/02/babeczki-cynamonowe.html

Patricia Scarpin said...

Ewa, I'm so glad the recipe worked out fine for you - thank you so much for letting me know, your little cakes are adorable!

Mrsblocko said...

I made these little bundts for National Bundt day. Wrote about it on my blog here
My mini cakes turned out tasting a bit on the eggy side, but other than that were delicious. (My cakes also only took 15 minutes to fully cook so maybe that had something to do with it? ) Anyhow thank you for sharing your recipe!

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