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Easy Afternoon Tea Sweets Bites and Teacakes

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Delicious and easy recipes for an afternoon tea sweets course or dessert course. These beautiful desserts will make your next tea something to remember.

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Outside of scones and tea sandwiches, an afternoon tea sweets course is always a favorite.

There’s something extra special about bite-size, dainty treats.

And china teapots, and teacups, and friends, and, of course, tea!

But today, it’s all about the Afternoon Tea Sweets Course. Which traditionally follows the savory and scone courses.

The sweets course is usually placed on the top of a three-tier tea tray. For more ideas on tea service, visit our post on How to Serve an Easy Afternoon Tea.

Afternoon Tea and High Tea: the Difference

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Though the term is sometimes used interchangeably, if you’re hosting a tea party, it’s good to know the difference.

“High tea is not a fancy tea, as many people assume. Delectable scones, tea sandwiches, and cakes are the hallmark of an afternoon tea, which is served in midafternoon. A high tea, however, includes much more substantive fare, such as meat, fish, and egg dishes, as well as bread and desserts, and is offered in the early evening. Think of it as a light supper served with tea.”

Teacakes From One Side of the Pond to the Other

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A teacake in Britain is a light, yeast-based sweet bun containing dried fruit, like these Earl Gray Teacakes. In the U.S., teacakes can be cookies or small cakes. In Sweden, they are soft round flat wheat bread made with milk and a little sugar and used to make tea sandwiches.

Pro Advice for Making Ahead Afternoon Tea Sweets

A reader at BBC Good Food asked for advice on which tea sweets were easiest to make ahead. Here is some excellent pro advice.


“Brownies work well, cut into little squares and freeze, then place in little cupcake papers and dust with cocoa to present on the day.”

“I second the suggestion for freezing brownies. Un-iced cakes can usually be frozen. Or freeze plain vanilla cupcakes and make fairy cakes.”

Loaf Cakes:

“A tea date loaf is my all-time favorite recipe at the moment and it’s super easy. You soak the fruit in tea. It is best left to cool in the tin and I think tastes better the next day. It freezes really well and gets rave reviews from young and old.” (See a recipe below)

“You could make and freeze a rectangular banana cake for example, and the night before, take it out of the freezer and put it into the fridge to defrost overnight. In the morning, ice it with nice passionfruit icing, cut into squares and arrange on a platter.”

Sweets Course Recipes

These delicious finger foods are perfect for an afternoon tea sweets or dessert course.

Easy Afternoon Tea Sweets Bites and Teacakes

More Afternoon Tea Recipes

You will find delicious and easy recipes, perfect for an afternoon tea sweets course. For more afternoon tea recipes, you’ll love these, too:

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  1. I am not British. But I do love everything about them!! ❤️ The tea time, the food, the desserts. My son lives there and was raised there. So when I don’t understand something, he explains it to me. And I love it even more!! I loved these tea time recipes!! Thank you for sharing them ! ❤️

    1. I am with you, Janette! From tea to chintz and English country homes– I love it all. I’m so glad you are enjoying the tea recipes and posts. Thank you for connecting!

      1. Yours is one of the only sights that is not only beautifully laid out in pictures and descriptions, but is easy to go through. Thank you for providing recipes without going here there and everywhere. Wonderful ideas. Thank you so much. 🌸

  2. My friend and I teach a class at Forman College OLLI program called Tea & Mystery. of coarse spring quarter and now fall has been cancelled but I hope you don’t mind I have pinned some of your ideas to use

    1. That is a class right up my alley — I love tea and mysteries! What fun! Thank you for pinning!!

  3. I’m a Brit living near DC. My dream is to open a tea shop one day, thank you for the wonderful recipes and beautiful photos to get me dreaming. Currently my “tea shop” is online ?

    1. Hi Laura! Opening a tea shop would be my dream too! There’s nothing better than tea! I’m on the opposite coast as you, but when I need a British style tea fix, I hop on a ferry and cross the Puget Sound to Victoria, B.C. And it is heavenly! When you accomplish your dream — I can’t wait to come and visit! Thanks so much for the kind comments.

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