Teacup Cake

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“From the gate to the porch went a wide walk, paved with smooth slabs of dark stone, and bordered with the tall bushes which met overhead, making a green roof. All sorts of neglected flowers and wild weeds grew between their stems, covering the walls of this summer parlor with the prettiest tapestry. A board, propped on two blocks of wood, stood in the middle of the walk, covered with a little plaid shawl much the worse for wear, and on it a miniature tea service was set forth with great elegance. To be sure the teapot had lost it’s spout, the cream jug it’s handle, the sugar bowl it’s cover, and the cups and plates were all more or less cracked or nicked; but polite persons would not take notice of these trifling deficiencies, and none but polite persons were invited to this tea party.” ~Louisa May Alcott, Under the Lilacs

Teacup Cake

2 cups sugar

1 and 3/4 cups flour

3/4 cup good quality, unsweetened cocoa powder

1 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1 and 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

2 large eggs

1 cup espresso or double strong coffee

1/2 cup canola or light olive oil

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 cup milk

1. Heat oven to 350°F. Line 30 cupcake tins with paper liners.

2. Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Add eggs, coffee, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed of mixer 2 minutes. Stir in milk (batter will be thin). Pour batter into prepared cups.

3. Bake 20-25 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely.


1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
2/3 cup good quality unsweetened cocoa powder
3 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup extra strong coffee
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Melt butter. Stir in cocoa. Alternately add powdered sugar and coffee, beating to spreading consistency. Add small amount of milk, if needed. Stir in vanilla. About 2 cups frosting. Frost teacup cakes, place in teacups. Add sprinkles or whatever decoration you desire. Serve. These make a beautiful sweet course for a formal afternoon tea.


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  10 comments for “Teacup Cake

  1. Sandy Erdman
    June 21, 2010 at 8:51 am

    Serve with ice tea or lemonade? Or take the cupcake out of the tea cup to a matching plate and serve warm tea in the tea cup. I would be confused if one cup for cupcake and another for tea as too many tea cups at a serving place I would think.

  2. June 21, 2010 at 8:58 am

    You could either use the teacup for tea, as you suggested, or it could be taken away once you place it on a plate. They’re mighty cute served in child-sized tea cups, and look adorable when they’re first presented. This is an idea I got working at the White Bear Lake tearoom. The owner would put several under the dome of a large cake plate on the dessert counter.

    • March 11, 2012 at 12:20 am

      Love the quote from “Under the Lilacs”…my eight-grade English teacher encouraged us to read Hemingway and Louisa May Alcott to get a feel for what good descriptive writing was all about…had a very poignant moment, because she was the person, apart from my Nana, who taught me to love language and the mouth-feel of words…I love the idea of this, too…great recipe and presentation and amazing photograph!

      • Melissa
        March 12, 2012 at 4:18 pm

        Thanks so much my friend! 🙂

  3. Kimber Dunn
    October 5, 2010 at 10:11 am

    What a fun idea for a tea party with the little girls, and the big ones too!!!

  4. admin
    October 5, 2010 at 10:29 am

    They are pretty adorable! 🙂

  5. Dana
    February 9, 2011 at 10:35 am

    I’ve got on my Day Zero list to host a tea party. My friend Christy and I did one at college, after we seniors were done with finals and others needed a serious break. Anyway… it was SO fun, and I want to do another one… these will definitely be on the menu. Perfecto! Mwah!

  6. admin
    February 9, 2011 at 10:51 am

    I love tea parties! Mwah! 🙂

  7. February 10, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    Melissa, this is too pretty to eat. You always inspire me, no matter how simple a recipe or treat, you always bring elegance to the table <3 Hugs!

    • Melissa
      February 11, 2012 at 1:59 am

      Joan, you are so sweet. Thanks for that. 🙂 xoxo

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