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Monday, August 21, 2017

Tuesday Cuppa Tea Art Deco Teatime Thousand Faces Cake

Hello and welcome to Tuesday Cuppa Tea! 
I trust you are having a lovely week.  We have had a bit of rain, marine mist and the air is a bit cleaner so I am a happy camper!

I have been so busy with visitors and a slightly and literally under the weather husband, that a tea respite was just what we needed!

I set up my butler's tray table in the sunroom, and used another of my vintage hand made English tray cloths...this one has a very art deco design in cross stitch and is from the 1930s...

Then I stacked a few of the books I have been rereading...because they have wonderful art deco desigs. The books are by Ellis Peters...have you read or seen the Brother Cadfael medeavel mysteries?  Well, these are by the same wuthor but set in the 1930-1960s. Wonderful!

I have an art deco hand colored on transferware teacup to go with these....

The pattern is  a wonderful grey transfer hand colored with pink and purple
flowers and green leaves. And the plate is a wonderful art deco square shape...

The bone china teacup and plate were made by Royal Stafford, England in Longton near Stoke-on-trent which is a trade name of Thomas Poole. The set was actually made in the early 1950s, but is a remake of an earlier Thomas Poole Gladstone China version from the 1930s. I LOVE hand colored on transferware pieces....

Royal Stafford was made until 1992 when it closed during the horrid English china disintegrations. But...the name was revived in 2004 under Royal Overhouse leadership and aim. The company no longer does bone china, but it is producing English made cream ware...a kind of earthenware, in the old Burselm pottery, so that is good!
You can visit their website at:
Royal Stafford

I added my 1924 Lipton Tea brass tea caddy to the table because of the art deco styling...

The brass tea caddy was made to be sold at the 1924 British Empire Exhibition in London, at which Lipton Tea was an exhibitor...
The Exhibit highlighted British commerce, colonial ties and was a showcase of all things British....

I just love this stylized art deco Lion logo...it has Lipton on the bottom

And for tea...we have an English Breakfast blend I picked up recently at a Pop Up For Teas Sake cart at...or local Co-op hardware & garden store! Amazing...but of course I had to try it!

It's called Let's Do Breakfast...cute!
and it's quite a nice loose black tea blend.

I put the loose tea in a little teabag caddy so you can see it....nice!

And to diffuse it in your cup, a silver plated single cup diffuser with an unusual plunger mechanism...I love tea gadgets!

And for our treat for tea today... a fresh peach tart...I had some peaches to use up, and decided heat or not I was baking!

The recipe is titled The Cake With A Thousand Faces, and was originally from the May 1997 issue of Sunset Magazine...a Palo Alto, California publication that is still going.  Do you still have recipes like this in a folder you have saved? I do! Lots! 
I have used it a lot...it is do versatile!!! Any kind of fruit and always delicious!

The Cake With A Thousand Faces
About 10 minutes prep time to mix, 1 hour to bake

About 1/2 cup (1/4 lb.) butter cut into chumks
about 1 cup all purpose flour
about 1 cup plus 1 tbs granulated sugar
1 tsp baking powder
2 large eggs
1-2 cups fruit (I used fresh sliced peaches)
1 tsp vanilla or other flavoring if desired
1 tbs powdered sugar for garnish

1.  Butter and dust with flour a 9 inch cake pan with removeable bottom. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a mixer bowl, combine 1 cup granulated sugar and 1/2 cup butter chunks.  Slowly beat with a mixer to blend, then beat on high speed until well mixed, about 3 minutes.
3. Add 1 cup flour, baking powder, vanilla if using and eggs. Stir to combine, then beat on high speed until the batter is well blended and stiff, about 2 minutes.
4. Scrape batter into cake pan and spread top smooth.
5. arrange fruit on the top of the batter. Sprinkle with 1 tbs granulated sugar.
6. Bake on the center rack of a 350 degree oven just until the cake begins to pull away from the pan rim, about 55-60 minutes. Run a thin bladed knife between the cake and the pan. Let cool at least 10 minutes or, if  making ahead, wrap the cake airtight when cool and let stand at room temerature up to 1 day.
7. Remove pan rim, dust with powdered sugar and cut into wedges.

Thanks so much for joining me for tea! Needless to say, the cake didn't last long! I will be joining:

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  1. What a lovely art deco-themed tea time! Your (vintage?) silver infuser looks interesting.

    Nice to see For Tea's Sake, a Canadian company, doing well south of the border. I haven't tried Let's Do Breakfast, but have enjoyed their Sour Apple Martini green tea and Home for the Holidays black tea. Thank you for hosting, Ruth!

  2. Hi Ruth!Thanks for hosting this great party,always very interesting!Love your tablecloth and the silver single infuser.Gorgeous porcelain.Have a lovely week!Hugs,Maristella.

  3. That "cake of a thousand faces" looks so delish!! Such a pretty presentation, as well!

  4. What a delightful presentation and a delicious recipe. Such a lovely setting and welcoming respite to an afternoon.

  5. Hi Ruth,
    Your Royal Stafford teacup trio is so beautiful and your cake looks delicious. I hope your hubby has a better week. Thank you for hosting Tuesday Cuppa Tea. Karen

  6. Ruth, that is one irresistible cake! Beautiful things. And, as always, I learned something - I did not know the pottery had been reopened to make creamware - good news indeed!

  7. Would love to join you for this memorable tea time!


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