Teatime Downton Abbey Style

Sweets Course

Teatime Downtown Abbey StyleOur mini Lemon Madeleines, flavored with lemon zest, are so light and delicate, they might have encouraged Matthew Crawley to sit down and have tea like a proper gentleman. Chocolate Biscuit Cake, a simple confection made with tea biscuits and chocolate ganache, is a current-day favorite of both Queen Elizabeth II and Prince William. The queen always made sure it was on the menu whenever her grandson came for tea at Buckingham Palace. Prince William likes it so much that he requested it as the groom’s cake for his 2011 wedding to Kate Middleton.

Teatime Downtown Abbey StyleVictoria Sponge Cake was named for Queen Victoria, who enjoyed a slice of this cake with her afternoon tea. We imagine that it must have also been a favorite of the Dowager Countess of Grantham, who grew up during Victoria’s reign. Pair these decadent sweets with a pot of Capital Tea’s Love Affair Rooibos.


  1. Although I have lived in the US for many years I was born in Ireland and grew up in England.
    The usual pattern followed for serving afternoon tea that I have always experienced in the United Kingdom is sandwiches first, then scones, then the cake course.
    I’m not sure why so often in the US the scones are served first.
    Does anyone have any idea how that came to be?


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