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chocolate tea cake & earl grey


'Another novelty is the tea-party,

an extraordinary meal in that,

being offered to persons that

have already dined well,

it supposes neither appetite nor thirst,

and has no object but distraction,

no basis but delicate enjoyment.'

Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin.


I love how pretty these tea leaves are:
Spring Blossom Green Tea
Organic White Peony

As the Make Mine Pink ladies host their tea parties this week, I thought I'd offer a cup here as well. I decided against formal. As many of you may already know, I closed my tea room last year and I gave up all that starch - in the linens and in the decorum - my tea is simple these days. I still love my fancy little pastries & good china, but this dense loaf of chocolate tea bread on my every day blue&yellow mismatch is even more appealing to me. This cake is unbelievably good - especially since I searched high & low for something exactly like this - Nigella's chocolate loaf/cake exploded in the oven, even after reading every tip on the message boards.

When sweet little neighbor Mallory stopped by on the September 1st with a bag of Amish Friendship Bread starter, I was reminded of the Herman cake starter from the 70s. (yikes, I've slipped & dated myself as middle aged, huh?) . This called for all the usual - mush the bag of fermentation. Add milk, oil and flour. But the cake itself called for instant pudding mix ('cause you know how much the Amish like that, huh? ;) ) . Luckily, chocolate was all we had in the pantry. Dense. Chocolate-y. Moist. Have a piece, or at least let me send you a bag of starter!

Tea alone is good. With friends is even better. Do leave a comment if you stop!

Tea & Tidings,

You can't tell, but my walls are periwinkle... here's a much better use for a pot rack:


Hi Kelley! Your chocolate cake looks so good! And I love what you've done with the tea leaves and your teapot display. I am so glad you came to my tea party because now I found your wonderful blog. And your girls are beautiful!
Kathleen Grace said…
Beautiful, I love your non-uptight approach to the tea! Love your teapot diplay too. Glad I found you!
ellen b said…
What a fun presentation for your tea party. You have some great stuff. That blue sugar bowl is very cool. I love the vintage table cloth. I love to mix things up. Fun!
Hi Kelley, what a delightful blog. I am so glad I found you and added a link to your blog from mine. Hope that's okay. I loved your TEA presentation and all your teapots. And you are so clever with your tote bags. Come on over and visit my tea party. ~ Lynn
Hi Kelley!

What a charming display of tea! The tea leaves look absolutely lovely too. So happy you stopped by and had tea with me. :) Thank you for having me over as well. I love your blog and will be back again soon!

Janet Bernasconi
Janet's Creative Pillows
What a fun tea party. I love all your treasures. I enjoyed myself!
GardenGoose said…
very nice idea with the tea leaves..and oh..the Amish friendship bread is always yummy. I've made it before with a butterscotch flavored pudding. so yummy.
pamela said…
Kelly-- What a fantastic "T." And I love those teapots on the rack. Hope you got a magazine the other day. If you didn't, let me know and I will hold one for you.
Thank you bunches for visiting my blog !
I just love your teapots hanging! That is such a wonderful idea !
I also love the plates in the bowl on your table ~ I have tons of plates and I think I have hung enough around our house ~ that is what i am going to do !
Tracy P. said…
Yummm...I haven't had anyone give me a starter since my babysitter gave us one a few years ago. But I don't remember anything about PUDDING! I can just smell it baking...

It's not too late to come visit our garden tea on the Journey! :-)
meg said…
What a wonderful idea for the pot rack; I don't cook much, but I have scads of tea pots on shelves.
I also love your "tea" art :)
Donetta said…
Oh I love your tea rack.
Dee Light said…
What a wonderful post!!! I sooooo enjoyed your little tea.

You have a great blog!!!

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