sticky raisin tea cake with salted caramel whiskey sauce

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~ sticky raisin tea cake ~

There was a pile of bananas on the counter that needed to be used, so I decided to make up a cake recipe instead of making banana bread …again 🙂 I love banana bread, but sometimes ya just have to try something new. The result is this dense, moist, raisin-studded cake. It’s wonderful with a cup of Earl Grey, spicy apple or orange tea. The sauce (see recipe below) is to die for. I love any reason to pour salted caramel on things, and this cake is the perfect vehicle.

preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

1/3 cup butter, softened

3/4 cup sugar

2 ripe bananas

1 egg

1/2 cup Greek yogurt

1/3 cup freshly squeezed orange juice

zest of one orange

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon nutmeg

1 heaping cup raisins

Generously butter a bundt pan. Mix: butter, sugar, bananas, egg, yogurt, orange juice and orange zest until mixed well and smooth. Combine the dry ingredients until evenly distributed and add them to the wet ingredients until combined and just moist. Gently fold in the raisins. Spread into bundt pan and bake for 40 minutes or until golden and a wooden skewer comes clean when inserted into the center of the cake. Cool for 10 minutes in the pan. Turn out onto a cake plate.

~ salted caramel whiskey sauce ~

While the cake is cooling in the pan you can make this decadent, buttery caramel sauce…

1 stick butter

1 cup powdered sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup cream

1/4 cup whole milk

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 cup whiskey

coarse sea salt

Melt butter slowly in a small saucepan. Add powdered sugar and brown sugar, and stir with a wire whisk until well combined. Add cream, milk, nutmeg and whiskey. Cook on low, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool a bit before pouring on cake slices. Sprinkle a little coarse sea salt over each serving.

I like to pour some of the sauce on the cake just prior to serving it instead of pouring the sauce on the whole cake at once. This cake and sauce are wonderful reheated.



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  14 comments for “sticky raisin tea cake with salted caramel whiskey sauce

  1. KC Quaretti
    March 23, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    Oh my this is wonderful! I can just about taste it through the computer screen!

    • Melissa
      March 23, 2012 at 12:47 pm

      Hee hee 🙂 thanks! yes, this cake has it all. enjoy!

  2. Jennifer | Mother Thyme
    March 23, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    Fabulous recipe! Love the caramel whiskey sauce. I bet that is a wonderful topping onto this delicious cake!

    • Melissa
      March 23, 2012 at 10:20 pm

      Thanks Jennifer 🙂 This is soooo decadent. enjoy!

  3. March 23, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    Beautiful. The tea cake AND the dish.

    • Melissa
      March 23, 2012 at 10:25 pm

      Hello my Honey Bunny Carrie! thanks so much. This is one of my favorite sets of dishes. It’s by Royal Stafford and it’s called “Sweet Violets.” I have the teapot, 4 cups 4 saucers and 4 of these little dessert plates…you will see these make more appearances in my tea book 😉 xo

  4. March 25, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    Oh my… that looks amazing – reminds me of a fruity version of the English sticky toffee pudding!

    • Melissa
      March 25, 2012 at 3:49 pm

      Hi Charles! Missed you! where have ya been? 🙂 Glad you like the recipe. xo

      • March 25, 2012 at 5:56 pm

        Hi Melissa,

        Been so so busy recently… it never rains but it pours, eh?

        • Melissa
          March 26, 2012 at 10:20 pm

          So true! Hope all is well my friend 🙂

  5. tiffany
    January 2, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    when you say powdered sugar do you mean icing sugar?

    • Melissa
      January 2, 2014 at 6:48 pm

      Hi Tiffany. I’ve never heard powdered sugar called icing sugar…I’ve heard it called confectioner’s sugar before. I’m not sure what icing sugar is.

  6. Denise
    January 10, 2015 at 9:34 am

    Hi Melissa! This sounds so delicious! Can you please tell me what weight a stick of butter is please?
    Powdered sugar is called icing sugar in the UK

  7. laura
    January 11, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    Yes, powdered sugar,XXX sugar,confectioners sugar= icing sugar in the UK

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