SRC: Blood Orange Tea Cakes

by Holly on October 6, 2013

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Secret Recipe Club time again! I had a lot of fun this month visiting the blog of Claire at Claire K Creations. There are many hints and travels to let you know that she live far south from me… as in Australia. And although I’ve never been, it is at the top of my short list (ok, really long list) for places I really want to go some day.

What I really loved about Claire’s blog, besides the freshness and fun, was the plethora of tea cake recipes and an entire section devoted to Afternoon Tea recipes. All I can say, is it must be the extreme amounts of my European ancestry (very prevalent on the English/German/Swiss side) that makes the idea of Afternoon Tea so intensely appealing to me.

Blood Orange Simple Syrup & Tea Cakes {}

I could spend a week just on all the tea cakes. In fact, I still have several bookmarked to make at my first opportunity. And if they are anything like this one I adapted a bit then I know they are going to be a hit!

Borrowed in homage to the other recipes I bookmarked, here is a little collage of Claire’s creations on my favorites list – (Left Column: Lemon Tea Cake (recipe this is adapted from), No-Bake Coconut Macadamia Biscuits, Berry Cute Melting Moments; Center Column: Condensed Milk Chocolate Chip Biscuits, Lemon Ginger Shortbread; Right Column: Berry Mango Roll-Ups, Harvest Pumpkin Bread, Paleo Chocolate Almond Truffles.

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Back to the recipe I chose. I worked from the Lemon Tea Cake pictured above. When I think of tea cake though I think of little bite size morsels or basically everything. So that was where I started here. I have a 24-cup mini muffin pan so I decided that would be the perfect size (the original cake is baked in an approx. 8-inch round tin). The amount of batter ended up being perfect. The added bonus of baking these as mini tea cakes was the speed in which they were baked with being so tiny (the time was cut by about 1/3!).

Tea Cakes brushed with Blood Orange Simple Syrup {}

I found some blood oranges last week and couldn’t resist. I also can’t ever resist adding a bit of vanilla to almost everything. These little cakes were originally one big lemon cake (see it in the collage). I just didn’t have any lemons on hand but really wanted to make this recipe.

In addition to switching out the lemon for some blood oranges (which incidentally were tagged as having been grown in Australia!), I added some vanilla bean paste to the cake. I also didn’t have any caster sugar (fine baker’s sugar which helps with the texture of baked goods) so I made my own fine (not quite powdered) sugar in the blender from some raw sugar. The rest of the ingredients stayed pretty much the same, but since the directions are miniaturized here I shared my version below. Should you decide you want to make one cake to slice as Claire did then you’ll want to go to the original recipe on her blog.

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My first impression when I bit into one of these cakes that it was the most tender, flavorful and heavenly little cake I’ve had in a long time.

My second was that they were trouble – easy to make, fast to bake and infinitely edible. As in I could eat them all by myself! I didn’t… but it was a very close call. And I woke up the next day seriously sad that I was all out of citrus to make these again immediately.

Thanks Claire! This one is a real keeper!

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sara October 6, 2013 at 11:20 pm

These little cakes are so cute and look really delicious! 🙂

Sweet as Sugar Cookies October 6, 2013 at 11:42 pm

Eating those tea cakes would make me feel so elegant.

angela@spinachtiger October 7, 2013 at 6:23 am

You did such a nice tribute to Claire’s blog and I love the changes you made. Orange and vanilla together are fabulous and I could see how tempting they would be.

Suzan @ The Lazy Suzan October 7, 2013 at 9:45 am

My dad loves anything and everything blood orange-related! Maybe I should try this one out for him 🙂

Delishhh October 7, 2013 at 10:45 am

I am a huge fan of blood orange – these just look good and ADORABLE! nice work!

Isabelle @ Crumb October 7, 2013 at 10:47 am

These look positively delightful! I’m a sucker for little bite-sized desserts, and citrus anything is always a surefire winner as far as I’m concerned. Looking forward to trying these out as soon as blood orange season rolls around.

Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings October 7, 2013 at 2:46 pm

Awesome photos– and great SRC pick!

Leigh October 8, 2013 at 3:40 am

oh my. I agree about them being trouble. I don’t think I could stop at just one or two….absolutely beautiful and beautifully captured also.

Tara October 8, 2013 at 11:52 am

These look wonderful! I love blood oranges and will definitely have to try them.

Claire @ Claire K Creations October 28, 2013 at 1:14 am

Holly you’re very welcome! This was actually an adaptation of my great-grandma’s tea cake recipe and the first cake that I have ever baked. I think I would have made a couple of hundred in my time. I love your mini versions but yes they would be rather dangerous!

Holly November 8, 2013 at 8:21 am

I love that Claire! I can’t wait to make them again!

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