Tea Cakes unwrapped

6 Jun

The title may be a bit ambitious.  I’m not going to take you through the production of one of these tea cakes (the waiting list to see them made is years long), but we will unwrap one.

I had never heard of a Tunnocks Teacake before we moved.  This tea cake has more in common with a s’more than the flour-and-fruit cake you may be imagining.  They’re a Scottish icon and seemed suitable for a Jubilee week post — I wonder how many folks in the UK have had a tea cake this week?

Just ignore that ‘nutrition’ information down in the right corner.  If you have to ask, you can’t afford it.

I may be a crumpet, but I like your style.

There’s a whole class division over cakes and biscuits eaten with tea.  Frankly, I can’t unravel it all.  I can’t even quite understand the many forms of tea — morning, afternoon, evening — forget about what one would eat at different times of day.  So forget all that, and let’s unwrap.

The foil makes a wonderful crinkle, and the cake solidly fills the palm of the hand.

A shortbread biscuit layer (sort of like graham cracker), covered with an egg-based meringue (not marshmallow), the whole thing somehow coated with milk chocolate.

We’ve tried other brands, but Tunnock’s is the best.  Is there a secret source of these in the US?  I think I’ll need to bring a stash with me when we visit home, along with a box of Yorkshire Gold — for a proper brew.

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8 Responses to “Tea Cakes unwrapped”

  1. Zazzy June 6, 2012 at 6:15 am #

    And Jaffa Cakes. You can please bring me a box of Jaffa Cakes!!

    • Monique June 6, 2012 at 1:20 pm #

      Puttin’ ’em on the list! The US needs a Marks&Spencers!

  2. Carla Emmons June 6, 2012 at 1:02 pm #

    They are very similar, but likely far superior, to a marshmallow pinwheel (Keebler maybe). I don’t remember for certain if the pinwheels had cookies on the bottom, but I think they did. The marshmallow in the pinwheels never looked as succulent as this and the chocolate never looked as lovely… So really, the comparison is probably offensive to the tea cakes and I’ll stop now. 😉

    • Monique June 6, 2012 at 1:24 pm #

      I don’t think I’ve had anything quite like one of these teacakes. It’s the meringue that makes it unique, I think. But I’m willing to do taste tests….

  3. Sarah June 7, 2012 at 11:56 am #

    I just saw these at World Market in NC. However, I didn’t look at the price. These are one of my absolute favorite UK treats! I second the bringing home a stash, but also hope World Market continues to carry them, just in case.

    • Monique June 8, 2012 at 9:01 am #

      Ooooo! And I just checked — Amazon US does carry them, tho the shipping is a bit pricey. Yay for international commerce.

  4. Lisa June 7, 2012 at 4:40 pm #

    These are on my top 10 things I’d miss about England if I moved back to the USA! Along with fox’s ginger crunch creams. :0) I made my own ginger crunch creams….. But I don’t think I could re-create these tea cakes!

  5. Andrea June 8, 2012 at 2:16 pm #

    The nutrition information right on the front of the box? What an insult 😦

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