Buttery Tea Time Cake – Sponge cake with crystallized sugar glaze

It is amazing that this simple, light and fluffy buttery cake, turns into a gorgeous teatime treat when it is glazed with butter and sugar crystal syrup.  It gives such a  sweet crunchiness to the top layer making every bite absoloutely pleasurable.

Make this delightful treat for your friends and enjoy relaxing in the garden with a steaming pot of tea.

Let’s make it: 

Self Raising flour250 g
Margarine or butter250 g
Caster sugar250 g
Eggs4
Milk1/4 cup
Lemon juice and Vanilla essence1  tsp each
Salt2 pinches
Baking powder1 tsp
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Let’s make it: Set the oven to 180 C . (Temperature conversion is given under Tips)

Cream the batter

  • Beat butter and sugar together until creamy,  using an electric hand mixer
  • Add eggs, one at a time. Make sure you beat well after each addition.
  • Add vanilla essence,  lemon juice, salt and beat for two rounds.

Mix Four

  • Mix baking powder to flour and sieve onto the cake batter, holding the sieve well above it, allowing the air to escape
  •  Fold the flour gently with a wooden spoon until everything turns into a creamy batter
  • Add milk and mix into the batter

Into the oven

  • Line up a round baking tray with parchment paper and spoon the batter into the baking tray and flatten with a spatula
  • Lift up the tray and drop it twice onto your kitchen-top gently, allowing the batter to spread and settle evenly on the try
  • Pop it into the oven

Take out of the oven

  • Insert a skewer into the middle of the cake and if it comes clean,  your cake is ready
  • Take it out from the oven and let it rest for 10 mins
  • Slowly remove from the tray, peel off the baking paper and place it on a cooling rack
  • Let the cake rest for 15 mins
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Glaze it

(Do not spread this syrup when the cake is warm.  Let it cool off for about 20 mins.)

  • Place a heap of a tablespoon of butter in a bowl
  • Add a tablespoon of brown sugar and mix well
  • Now place the bowl in the microwave or on the stove and heat for a minute. Do not boil
  • Take out and give a good stir with a spoon.  The sugar should not be dissolved completely but crystallized
  • Pour the sugar syrup using a small spoon all over the cake.
  • After a few mins, you will notice the sugar crystals have formed on the top.
  • Done!!
  • Delicious!