'Cream cakes' are not a specific item, but a term that refers to a variety of goodies served at tea. Scones, cakes, buns, and biscuits may be spread with cream and/or jam. Here's a Lake District recipe for 'Upland's Biscuits'. When cool, sandwich in pairs with raspberry jam. A dollop of clotted cream on top, a pot of strong tea, aahhh!

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Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
10 mins
total:
40 mins
Servings:
9
Yield:
6 to 10 servings
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Ingredients

9
Original recipe yields 9 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

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  • In a medium-sized mixing bowl, beat margarine and sugar until very soft. Add beaten egg, custard powder, flour, and salt. Knead well on a floured surface.

  • Roll out and cut with a plain biscuit cutter. Bake for 10 minutes or until pale brown.

Cook's Notes:

I use Bird's® Custard Powder in the cakes, but you can use vanilla pudding mix if it's not available.

Top with clotted cream, a wonderfully thick, yellowish cream sometimes available imported in glass jars at trendy gourmet food markets.

Nutrition Facts

375 calories; protein 4g 8% DV; carbohydrates 43.6g 14% DV; fat 20.8g 32% DV; cholesterol 20.7mg 7% DV; sodium 638.3mg 26% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
09/12/2003
I have tried MANY other recipes and this is by far the best!!! High tea wouldn't be as enjoyable without them. Great spread with clotted cream or Philadelphia Brand Cheesecake flavored cream cheese and your favorite fruit spread! Thank you for this delicious recipe everyone who tries it loves it!!!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/27/2005
Okay - but not very authentic. I live in Yorkshire England and we don't use instant vanilla pudding mix in any of our cakes. The traditional cream tea consists of a cup of English breakfast tea with a scone split sideways across the middle with each half topped with strawberry jam (jelly) and then with either whipped heavy cream or Cornish clotted cream. The recipe which nearest matches the best scones is J.P.'s Big Daddy Biscuits on this website. Read More
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20 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 14
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
09/12/2003
I have tried MANY other recipes and this is by far the best!!! High tea wouldn't be as enjoyable without them. Great spread with clotted cream or Philadelphia Brand Cheesecake flavored cream cheese and your favorite fruit spread! Thank you for this delicious recipe everyone who tries it loves it!!!! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/27/2005
Okay - but not very authentic. I live in Yorkshire England and we don't use instant vanilla pudding mix in any of our cakes. The traditional cream tea consists of a cup of English breakfast tea with a scone split sideways across the middle with each half topped with strawberry jam (jelly) and then with either whipped heavy cream or Cornish clotted cream. The recipe which nearest matches the best scones is J.P.'s Big Daddy Biscuits on this website. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/28/2007
I last reviewed this recipe in 2003 under JEBV. This is still by far the most popular treat with tea. I've since tried using coconut pudding and rum extract for a tropical flavor that is out of this world! This is a great recipe still. If anyone has trouble making these just try a little patience and tweek the recipe to your own taste. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/29/2003
The Cream Tea Cakes recipe (Lake District recipe for "Upland Biscuits") is absolutely divine! They are absolutely the most delicious and the most scrumptious tea biscuits that I have ever tasted! Thank you for sharing the recipe online with me and everybody else!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/17/2003
My daughter and I made this recipe for a school project about her cultural heritage. The cookies were delicious but the batter is very very soft. I would suggest a little chilling before attempting to roll them out. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/09/2005
I agree with everyone that additional flour needs to be added. (1/4 c) I added mine while kneading. They remind me of a sugar cookie but not as sweet. I really like them and served them at an afternoon tea with clotted cream. Eveyone loved them. Definitely not a tradtional cream tea cake though. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/20/2010
This was and is a wonderful recipe I did try to roll out but found out that the dough is fragile so for the sake of time I just spread them out on a cookie sheet and made bar cookies and it was big hit. I have had several request to make more. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/16/2012
Tasty little sweet cookie/cake thing. Needed more flour.. will try again with other puddings Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/24/2005
Not what I expected. Very soft added much more flour to be able to cut out very sweet. Read More
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