Sunday 8 July 2012

Tunnocks Teacakes - homemade style

Guess which teacake is home made?!

Before I get onto the subject of teacakes, have any of you come across Marshmallow Fluff? I'd heard of it but never eaten it - I think it's American (I could be wrong) and is often used as a cake filling or topping. I was very excited when I found a jar in TK Maxx for only £1.50 (though I have since been told you can get it from Asda, why did I not know that?!) and had to buy it.

It tastes like marshmallow but is very soft and creamy (yes, I had to test it... and ate it straight from the jar with a spoon!) and is absolutely delicious. I'm sure something that light and fluffy can't have any boyfriend loved it too, and we immediately realised it reminded us of one thing - the marshmallow filling in Tunnocks teacakes (which are far superior to any other kind of teacake!).

That got me thinking and I decided to have a go at making my very own Tunnocks teacakes!

I had a look online to find some inspiration for the base, which is a sort of cake-y biscuit texture. I ended up adapting a recipe that I found, and used:
30g butter
30g caster sugar
1 egg yolk
splash of vanilla flavouring
1/2 tbsp fat free plain yogurt
55g plain flour
pinch of baking powder
pinch of bicarb of soda
large pinch of salt

I mixed the wet ingredients first

Then added the dry ingredients

I dropped spoonfuls of the mixture onto a lined baking sheet - this quantity of ingredients makes six. Which is just enough for two people :-)

Here's the marshmallow fluff...

I dolloped a spoonful of the marshmallow fluff onto the teacake bases once they had cooled.

Then melted some chocolate in the microwave

Carefully turn the teacakes upside down and dip in the melted chocolate. Luckily the marshmallow fluff isn't runny

I still needed to use a spoon to make sure the teacakes were fully coated though

They do look a little messy! I left them to set on a piece of greaseproof paper

Ta da! My very own Tunnocks tea cake

It doesn't look quite so impressive when compared with the real one! But the true test is how do they taste....

Absolutely amazing! The outer coating of chocolate is a little too thick but I think it's impossible to make such a thin coating as the factory-made teacakes (unless I used a spray gun and sprayed the melted chocolate over - now there's an idea!). The base is also a bit deeper than the real thing, but they tasted absolutely wonderful. I'd happily make these again, and if I was feeling brave maybe even make my own marshmallow next time!

I'm entering my teacakes in the Best of British challenge, hosted by Janice from Farmersgirl Kitchen. The theme this month is Scottish, and Janice asks "When you think of Scottish cooking what comes to mind?" - well for me I have to say it's not shortbread or haggis but Tunnocks tea cakes! Tunnocks is a Scottish company even though their products are loved around the world... so I hope I'm allowed to enter this!

The challenge is sponsored by The Face of New World Appliances.



  1. I'm soooo impressed! I used to work in Uddingston where they make Tunnocks Teacakes and you could smell the chocolate from the factory. They use real choc too, love your idea and thank you so much for entering Best of British!

    1. Mmm, if I was near the Tunnocks factory I would never get any work done!

  2. Wow! These are ace! I do love a teacake- they bring back so many happy childhood tea party memories!

  3. Brilliant idea - I thought about tunnocks for best of british too but went with tablet instead. Would you believe I've never actually eaten one? Probably because I'm not a fan of marshmallows but I'm coming round to it now! I know what to expect next time I come round ;-)

  4. these look yummy. my kids would love them! and so fun to make with kids. thanks for the inspiration. glad i found your blog. B

  5. I love tunnocks teacakes. Yours look great!

  6. Amazing! I would never have thought about making a tunnock's teacake. Your cake base looks really good. The base of a tunnock's teacake is my least favourite part (I'm all about the marshmallow inside!) so I'd probably prefer a cakier homemade version.

  7. Tunnocks Teacakes are my absolute number one favourite sweet cakey snack thing of ALL time... I love them and used to smash the chocolate on my forehead, then pick it off piece by piece before eating the marshmallow then the base... your recipe is so genius I need to find me some of that fluff!... homemade tunnocks... who'd a thunk it!

  8. Thankyou for this recipe! My sister bought me some marshmallow fluff as a stockin filler and this popped up when I was searching for ideas so i have a new blog bookmarked now too :)
    Do you think I could substitute the yoghurt for something or even omit it entirely? It's literally the only ingredient that isn't in my house and 9pm isn't a ridiculous time to start baking, right?!
    Thanks again, you star!

    1. I'm sure you could leave it out, sour cream would be a good substitute but you may not have that right now either. I think its more to moisten the mixture than afd flavour so maybe try a tiny splash of milk? Or leave it out entirely and let me know how it turns out! I ate most of my marshmallow fluff straight from the jar ;-)

  9. Nice one, thanks, I literally have none of those things so I might just add a bit of water if it looks too dry, used the last of my milk for a cheeky brew :) It's a lot more tasty on its own than I was expecting, I won't lie! Awesome as Smores too! Will definitely let you know, cheers :)


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