Brown Sugar Tea Cake


I’m so happy to introduce another fabulous foodie friend of mine to you all. (Well, that is if you don’t already know of her, and if you don’t, you should. She’s ah-some!)ย  I truly believe we could have been separated at birth we have so much in common. I just lurve her I know you will too! Rachael from the evah so terrific La Fuji Mama is our guest this week. *clapping wildly* So, please make her feel welcome (she loves dark chocolate if you’re thinking of getting her a gift – just sayin). She brought us cake for goodness sakes! Mwah thanks Rachael!


Every year when January rolls around the mantra of the food world seems to go something like this:

Cut the calories, cut the fat,

Healthy this and healthy that.

I’m all for starting out the year with new resolve to do better, but I also know that I have a sweet tooth. When Paula asked me to guest post I thought about being good and going with a nice healthy veggie dish, or an interesting but light soup . . . aaaack! Who was I kidding? This is Paula’s one year blog birthday, who wants to celebrate with that? MUST HAVE CAKE! And so I set out, determined to develop a recipe for cake that would be worthy of serving at a celebration but wouldn’t blow anyone’s calorie or fat budget for the day. The result is a recipe for Brown Sugar Tea Cake.

This cake is light and flavorful—the texture a cross between a regular cake and angel food cake and the flavor is that of brown sugar with a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg. The cake is quick and easy to make and smells heavenly when it’s baking in the oven.

It is wonderful served with lightly sweetened whipped cream topped with a bit of orange zest. It would also be delicious with fresh berries. The best part about this cake is that one serving only has 125 calories and 1.3 grams of fat. Serve it for brunch instead of coffee cake, as an afternoon snack, or as a light evening dessert.

Brown Sugar Tea Cake

Makes 9 servings

3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup water
2 large eggs

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit for metal or glass pans (325 degrees Fahrenheit for dark or coated pans). Grease the sides and bottom of an 8×8-inch baking pan. Flour lightly.

2. In a mixing bowl, blend together the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Add the water and eggs and beat at low speed until everything is moistened (about 30 seconds). Then beat the batter at medium speed for 2 minutes. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake immediately.

3. Bake for 33 to 36 minutes (add 3-5 minutes to the bake time for a dark or coated pan). The cake is done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool the cake in the pan on a wire rack (to let air circulate below the pan) for 15 minutes. Cool completely before serving.



  1. 1

    Two of my favourite foodbloggers togheter!
    You rock girls!

  2. 2

    So awesome to have Rachael guest post! This is a gorgeous tea cake ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. 3

    Beautiful cake… and I always love Rachael’s recipes! Love that this is a pretty light recipe, because I also have a huge sweet tooth. That’s why I have decided that, in my kitchen, carrot cake and chocolate zucchini bread are both “vegetable” dishes. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. 4

    Looks good! I cant wait to try it!

  5. 5

    Hahaha, I’m with Jen, carrot cake and chocolate zucchini are TOTALLY veggie dishes! Thank you so much for having me Paula! XOXO

  6. 6

    That cake looks delicious!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Happy One Year Blog Birthday chica!

  7. 7
    Emily /

    Yeah! I have all these ingredients in my kitchen right at this moment. I wonder how soon I can force the kids into bed so I don’t have to share, I mean, so I can cook in peace?

  8. 8
    April /

    Happy One Year Blog Bday!!! Thank you for SHARING, Paula.

  9. 9

    A cake with no fat is a treasure to behold, indeed! If you wanted chocolate cake you could reduce the flour by two tablespoons, add two tablespoons of Dutch-processed cocoa! Adding this to the list of recipes to try!

  10. 10

    This is perfect…light and delicious. I can’t wait to try it!

  11. 11

    What a delightful sounding and looking cake Rachael. I’ll have to put this on my to bake list. Happy New Year too!

  12. 12

    Trying it now ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. 13

    What a great simple cake! Just found you on Twitter randomly (#SOSFood)…great blog you have hear!

  14. 14

    Another recipe I must try! Thank you for sharing!! Just in case you didn’t know it, I am a big fan of you and Rachael!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. 15

    Making this right now, I wanted something sweet I was out of regular sugar and I’m on a diet right now. I’m so happy I found this recipe. (The dessert gods must’ve willed it,lol) ๐Ÿ˜€

  16. 16
    Shei /

    Just tried baking it! Mmmm… Mmmm… Mmmm… It’s so light and is a perfect partner for my tea time. My ‘lil sis. so love it! She told me to bake some when mom’s home.

    Thank you for sharing this recipe!

    ~Shei ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. 17
    Griffin /

    Just tried this recipe and it turned out like playdough! What am I doing wrong?!

  18. 18
    mumbakes /

    this didnt work out for me. followed the recipe exactly and got a dense hard chewy “cake” instead. Definitely nothing light and flavorful about it. Very disappointing. ๐Ÿ™

  19. 19
    Kelly Geee /

    Just made a cardamom flavoured gluten-free version, and they are totally hitting the spot! Thanks for sharing!


  1. Brown Sugar Tea Cake | Nibblers - [...] can find me guest posting over at bellโ€™alimento (one of my all-time favorite blogs)! I am sharing my recipe…
  2. So Very Domestic - [...] cake, though he is away at med school and couldn’t enjoy it himself. This recipe was found on Bell’alimento,…
  3. Light & Flavorful Brown Sugar Tea Cake | The Family Kitchen - [...] that will make me feel like I’m getting my treat without tons of sugar.ย  My recipe for brown sugar…

Leave a Reply