How to Choose Cakes for an Afternoon Tea

Petit fours are an essential part of the traditional afternoon tea for many people. This occasion offers a grand excuse for making these delicate, dainty or more complex types of cakes if you're enthusiastic; otherwise, there are staple cakes you can choose from too that won't require too much effort.

Steps

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    Choose a sponge cake. At least one sponge cake is an important addition to an afternoon tea. Some ideas include:
    • Plain sponge cake
    • A never fail sponge cake
    • Chilli chocolate sponge cake
    • Orange sponge cake
    • Victoria sponge cake
    • Spongy chocolate cake.
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    Try fruit cakes. There are many possibilities with fruit cakes and they're all a good choice:
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    Make a strawberry afternoon tea.

    • Theme the afternoon tea. Strawberries are a delightful theme for an afternoon tea. Serve the strawberry flavoured tea along with strawberry based cakes such as:
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    • Strawberry margarita cake
    • Cherry berry strawberry cake
    • Strawberry bundt cake
    • Canadian flag cake
    • American flag cake
    • Strawberry shortcake.
    • Read: how to serve a strawberry themed afternoon tea.
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    Make chocolate cakes. An afternoon tea without a chocolate cake wouldn't feel right!
    • Chocolate cake
    • Vegan mint chocolate cake
    • Dense chocolate cake
    • Crazy chocolate marshmallow cake.
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    Serve lamingtons. Lamingtons were invented in Queensland Australia as a way of using up stale cake and making it absolutely delicious again. They're perfect for sharing at an afternoon tea:
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    Serve cupcakes. Cupcakes are something every afternoon tea party should have.
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    Choose fairy tale or fantasy cakes. These sorts of cakes are best for afternoon tea for children or the big-children-at-heart:

Tips

  • Having some sliced cakes and some cupcakes available is a good idea to tempt every guest.
  • For goodie bags (if you're having them), include a slice of cake and cake recipe for each guest to take home.
  • If you're focusing mostly on cakes, consider sending out an invitation that is shaped like a cake.
  • Try to have at least one dairy, egg and gluten free option for guest(s) with different dietary needs.

Things You'll Need

  • A plan for the afternoon tea including which cakes to bake
  • Recipes
  • Ingredients
  • Afternoon tea items

Article Info

Categories: Cakes