Five Things You Didn’t Know About Teacakes
There is nothing better than a toasted teacake, filled with juicy currants and sultanas, covered in butter and served with a cup of tea or coffee. A sweet treat that is synonymous with English Afternoon Tea, they are much more versatile that you might think – and an ideal upsell with a drink for most casual dining outlets.
1. Teacakes and Hot Cross Buns are different – There are some striking differences between the two – and we don’t just mean the decorative cross. Teacakes are often larger and flatter with a slightly harder consistency, meaning they can be enjoyed with a range of condiments, including jams and marmalades. A Hot Cross Bun is softer, with more spices baked in, so is often just enjoyed with butter.
2. Increased demand for fruited teacakes during the pandemic - It's no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic has led to a surge in home baking. Teacakes have become a popular choice for those looking to indulge in some home baking, as they are relatively easy to make and require only a few basic ingredients. With this surge in consumer popularity, now is the time to add them to your menu.
3. The perfect partner to another British tradition - Teacakes are often enjoyed toasted and slavered in jam, marmalade or butter. But, as well as being eaten on their own, many also enjoy them with a very British cup of tea. In fact, according to a recent survey, teacakes are the second most popular accompaniment to a cup of tea, behind only biscuits2. The warmth and sweetness of the teacake make it the perfect comfort food to accompany a lovely cuppa.
4. Teacakes are not just for tea - While fruited teacakes are a classic accompaniment to a hot drink, they can be enjoyed in many different ways. For example, they can be used as a base for a delicious dessert, such as a teacake and butter pudding. They can also be served as a sweet breakfast option, topped with jam or honey.
5. The history of the teacake - While the exact origins of the teacake are uncertain, it is believed to have roots in the North of England from hundreds of years ago. Over time, different regions have put their own spin on the teacake, resulting in a variety of different recipes and flavour combinations.
2Yorkshire Tea, 2020, What Brits Really Drink With Their Tea