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Monday, December 11, 2017

Tuesday Cuppa Tea, December Musings, Pumpkin Streusel Coffeecake

Hello and welcome to Tuesday Cuppa Tea. 
December is beginning to look and smell like Christmas around here!

My Welcome sign I painted years ago is up by the door and it is definitely looking like Christmas!

My Christmas postcard for December 11th...

And Christmas proper is certainly waiting in the wings!

And Happy Hanukkah to my Jewish friends, which starts 
Tuesday, Dec. 12th...

So let's have tea!

We had a tea time in the sunroom in a brief flash of sun between fogs...and we had my year round favorite green tea Candy Cane Lane by Celestial Seasonings. I buy a case at this time of year and use it all year. We try to have a cup of green tea a day, and this is delicious!  

Will share more holiday teas next week...

I am having it with the classic and ever popular Christmas Tree pattern teacup from Spode, England....always good sellers this time of year in my webstore Antiques And Teacups.

Christmas Tree was developed by Spode...then Copeland Spode...in 1938, and has been a best seller since then.  

It is still being made, but no longer in England. It is just so homey!

I paired it today with some macarons from our favorite organic bakery, and the folded ribbon pinecone I made years ago that I love.  They are so easy, and so versatile.

As it ihas been a bit of a strange December so far, with my husband not being well...but recuperating now...woohoo! I have had some times needing just a sit and a read and a cup of tea, and the illustrations in the Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady are always so lovely....

Besides her drawings and diary of everyday occurrences she shares poetry, mottoes and some humorous observations as well. 

The Christmas wreath is on the door...December is definitely here!

Pumpkin is still around here...And this week I made a Pumpkin Streusel Coffeecake...

I found the recipe on the King Arthur Flour website...


20 mins. to 30 mins.
40 mins. to 45 mins.
60 mins. to 1 hrs 15 mins.
about 12 servings
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  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup pumpkin purée (canned pumpkin)
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, or 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon plus 1/4 teaspoon each ground ginger and nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease an 8" square pan or 9" round pan.
  2. To make the topping: Whisk together the sugar, salt, flour, spice, and nuts. Add the melted butter, stirring just until well combined. Set the topping aside.
  3. To make the filling: Mix together the brown sugar, spice, and cocoa powder. Note that the cocoa powder is used strictly for color, not flavor; leave it out if you like. Set it aside.
  4. To make the cake: Beat together the oil, eggs, sugar, pumpkin, spices, salt, and baking powder until smooth.
  5. Add the flour, stirring just until smooth.
  6. Pour/spread half the batter into the prepared pan, spreading it all the way to the edges. If you have a scale, half the batter is about 13 1/2 ounces.
  7. Sprinkle the filling evenly atop the batter.
  8. Spread the remaining batter atop the filling. Use a table knife to gently swirl the filling into the batter, as though you were making a marble cake. Don't combine filling and batter thoroughly; just swirl the filling through the batter.
  9. Sprinkle the topping over the batter in the pan.
  10. Bake the cake until it's light brown on top, and a toothpick or cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean, about 40 to 45 minutes.
  11. Remove the cake from the oven and allow it to cool for 20 minutes before cutting and serving. Serve the cake right from the pan.

Tips from our bakers

  • For a less sweet streusel, reduce the amount of granulated sugar in the topping to 1/3 cup.

We enjoyed it, and it certainly didn't last long!

Thanks so much for joining me for tea!  I will be joining:

Here is the Tuesday Cuppa Tea linky for your tea related posts...please remember that it is SSSLLLOOOOOOWWWW but if you are patient...it's there!  I am so looking forward to visiting you!


  1. Good morning, Ruth! Your Welcome sign that you painted is such a pretty one. I do love your Spode teacup pattern, too. I'd love a slice of the pumpkin streusel coffee cake that you made before I leave today, along with some Candy Cane Lane tea! Thank you so much for hosting, and I know you'll have a nice week since your dear hubby is feeling better.

  2. Your Spode teacup is a classic beauty and with some tea and some macaroons, what can be more perfect! That ribbon pinecone is gorgeous too.
    Thank you for hosting Ruth. I'm sharing my red transferware teacups and one of my two teapots in this post.
    Merry Christmas.

  3. Thank you for the Streusel recipe too.

  4. CS' Candy Cane Lane is one of my favourite holiday teas too! I'm also a fan of the Spode Christmas Tree pattern. A few years ago, I found a mug at a thrift store. HomeSense (aka HomeGoods) sometimes carries Spode products so a few years ago, I purchased the teapot during the post-Christmas sales. Thank you for hosting and have a great week!

  5. What a delightful post,Ruth!Your cake looks yummy and I love the beautiful teacup and all your pretty Christmas ornaments.Those drawings are amazing too!I am late,I will try to come back tomorrow.Thanks for hosting this great party!

  6. I am also a fan of the ever popular Spode Christmas Tree and I shared mine this week as well. I love it although I wish I could find the teacup and saucer. The sign you painted is lovely and the pumpkin streusel cake is tempting! I haven't tried the Candy Cane Lane tea although I have seen it. I do hope your hubby continues to feel better and you get a chance to have your sit down times more often with a good book. Lovely post and I wish you a fabulous week ahead, dear Ruth.

  7. How wonderful your pumpkin cake looks! Thanks for hosting and sharing with us all. Merry Christmas!

  8. Happy Christmastime to you, Ruth! Thank you for hosting and I hope it was alright to link a recipe today. It's a good one and I did have teacups in the picture, my Johnson Bros. "Haywain"/Constable series cups. I wrote up a post last January about John Constable, who painted a painting, The Haywain, upon which this transferware is based.

    Happy Christmas to you all,
    Barb :)

  9. Ruth, your coffeecake looks wonderful! The cup and saucer in my Earl Grey Eggnog link is Royal Albert "Colours" in yellow, of course. Thank you for hosting.

  10. Your over the door painted piece (I remember it now) is always such a lovely piece of art to enjoy each year. Ruth, you amazed me with all the details in your postings! I always enjoy them. Thanks for sharing!


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