Afternoon tea cakes can be fiddly to make, but they don’t have to be. These two recipes for afternoon tea cakes are simple and straightforward, using the same filling for both, but look really, really impressive. These recipes are by The Langham London’s Executive Pastry Chef, Andrew Gravett. The Langham London is famed as the birthplace of the afternoon tea, and serve up delicious afternoon tea cakes just like these. We’ve split our two how to videos up into separate instructions, to make them easier to follow.
For the vanilla mousseline
- 500g milk
- 25g plain flour
- 90g caster sugar
- 90g egg yolks
- 130g butter
- 50g mascarpone
For the choux buns
- 125g milk
- 125g water
- 7g caster sugar
- 7g salt
- 112g butter
- 140g plain flour
- 250g whole eggs
- Cherry jam, to fill the buns with
- Cherries, to decorate
For the Japanese roll cake
- 280g milk
- 45g butter
- 1g salt
- 90g egg yolks
- 35g caster sugar
- 45g plain flour
- 135g egg whites
- 50g sugar
- Strawberries and marmalade, to fill
Bring to boil the milk with a vanilla pod. Let it infuse for 10 min and sieve.
Meanwhile mix with a whisk in a bowl flour, caster sugar and egg yolk.
When the liquid boils, temper the egg mix and add it to the pan with the rest of the milk. Boil for 1 minutes.
Let it cool down to 40C and add the butter cut in small pieces. Blend to smooth texture and keep it refrigerated.
Before using it, add the mascarpone and mix with a whisk to a smooth texture.
Preheat the oven to 175C.
Boil together the water, milk, salt, sugar and butter.
Make sure the butter is completely melted before adding the flour. Once the flour is been added, mix well over the heat for 2 minutes.
Let it cool down before start adding the eggs.
Add the eggs one by one until the dough is homogeneous.
Pipe onto a tray and bake for 175C for 30 min. Once the choux is cooked turn off the oven and keep the door ajar to let them dry.
Fill with cherry jam and the vanilla mousseline.
Top with a cherry.
Preheat the oven at 160C.
Mix egg yolk, sugar and flour in a bowl with a whisk.
Meanwhile whip the egg whites with the sugar to form a meringue. Mix into the egg yolk mixture to get a soft sponge batter.
Once you've folded the cream into the meringue and spread onto a baking tray.
Bake at 160C for 35 min.
Trim to desired size.
Cover the sponge with a thin layer of vanilla mousseline.
Pipe on thin lines of marmalade, and fill with quartered strawberries.
Roll from the long side, over once.
Slice to desired size.
Serve and enjoy!