English tottenham cake

English tottenham cake

English tottenham cake

English tottenham cake was for years one of the most popular cakes from England. Back in the 80’s, this cake was for sale at one of the best pastry shops in Amsterdam. This shop baked one big round sponge cake and on top with soft pink glaze. Bakeries in England sell this cake by the piece. They look like big petit fours pieces with pink glaze. In the UK one piece cost less than 1 pound. In my town it was a different story!

When you want to have a piece, the price went by the grams. So a piece of English tottenham cake became  very expensive one! During the years I have searched alot for this recipe and baked this cake several times. I wasn’t satisfied with the result, because it did not meet the standards of the cake I was use to. The great Brittish bake off had this cake in their show and became popular again. Unfortunately, the show deleted their recipe online. Ok! Now it is time to develope one myself! and I am happy to share this with you!


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Mix and match ingredients

For this recipe I have mixed 50% pastry flour (type 00) and 50% Almond selfrise flour. Almond selfrise flour is gluten free! This type of flour is new in European grocery stores. There are more people with gluten intolerance these days. That’s why this product is becoming more popular in the baking world. When you can’t find almond selfrise flour, you can exchange this for regular almond flour or self rising flour. My recipe instructs to use 1/2 tsp of baking powder,  When you use selfrise flour or almond flour, you can use 1 tsp of baking powder!


English tottenham cake petit fours with raspberry glace


English Tottenham cake is a small cake! For this recipe I am using a square baking pan which is 8×8 inch ( 20cm x20cm). With this baking pan, you can get 9 petit four Tottenham cakes our of this. That’s why this recipe fits so well with high tea’s. Before you start preparing this cake, make sure your oven is pre heated on 325 fahrenheit (160 celsius). Butter your cake pan and cover this with a piece of parchment papier. For more baking instructions, please see my recipe below.


English tottenham cake petit fours with pink glace on top


Pink glaze

The last part of this cake is pink glaze. for this recipe I am using confectioner sugar in combination with red syrup, juice and butter! I melt 1/2 tbsp of butter up front and mix this with syrup and juice until I have creamy glaze. The flavor of my glaze comes from raspberry, strawberry or cherry syrup. Beets and raspberry juice are natural food colors without E numbers. Well when you have questions or comment about this recipe, please use our box below.


Enjoy baking English tottenham cake! Whenever you have a high tea party, this will be one of your favorite sweets at your high tea. The color of this cake attracks people, the taste will be a compliment for your baking!


Serves 9

English tottenham cake

7 minPrep Time

35 minCook Time

42 minTotal Time

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  • 100 gram butter on room temperature
  • 2 Organic or free range eggs (regular size)
  • 50 grams pastry flour (type 00)
  • 50 grams Almond selfrise flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 40 grams extra fine granulated sugar
  • 40 grams white caster sugar
  • Glace
  • 130 grams of white confectioner sugar
  • 1 tbsp of red syrup (Raspberry , strawberry)
  • ½ tbsp beet juice
  • ½ tsp melted butter
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  1. Mix 100 grams of butter with 40 grams of extra fine granulated sugar and 40 grams of white caster sugar until creamy!
  2. Mix 50 grams of pastry flour and 50 grams of almond selfrise flour with 1 tsp of baking powder. Use a fork to mix this in a separate bowl.
  3. Add 1 tsp of vanilla extract and 2 eggs to the butter/sugar and mix until incorporated.
  4. At last, add flour and fold with a spatula until you have a lumb free smooth cake batter.
  5. Use a square baking pan 8 by 8 inch ( 20 cm x 20 cm). brush the bottoms and sides with butter and cover the bottom and 2 sides with 30 cm wide parchment paper. You see on both sides sticking out paper. When your cake has been cooled off, it is easier to remove the cake out of the baking pan with parchment paper.
  6. Bake your cake in a pre heated oven on 325 fahrenheit or 160 celsius in 35 minutes.
  7. Cool off our cake until room temperature.
  8. Mix 130 grams of confectioner sugar with 1 tbsp of red syrup, ½ tbsp beet juice and ½ tsp of melted butter until you have a cream thick sauce.
  9. Spread pink glaze on top of the cake (thick layer) and spread out with a large knife. Dip your knife in hot water to brush the glace part smooth!
  10. Glace on top needs time to become more solid. After an hour you can cut the cake in 9 pieces.


* When you can't find pastry flour type 00, use all purpose and sift 3 times! ** When you cannot find almond selfrise flour, use Almond flour. *** With these 2 other flour types, use 1 tsp of baking powder instead of 1/2 tsp! **** We never bake our cakes with food coloring or it should be organic! We use beets or raspberry juice for our pink glaze. When you don't have this or want to use food color anyway, please use carefully 1 drop of food color and stir until fully incorporated. Your pink glaze shouldn't have dark color or pink. It should be light.
English Tottenham cake recipe

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