Valentine’s Day Tea Cake

Hello, everyone! It is almost one of my very favorite days of the year – Valentine’s Day. As you are reading this, I will be skiing up in the mountains of Sweden. However, I still wanted to celebrate this lovely holiday here on my blog! Of course, the best way to celebrate is with cake. 🙂

Here is a super simple recipe for a light and buttery cake with a raspberry swirl that pairs perfectly with a cup of tea (or in Nicolas’s case, a glass of milk.) I am also including some European measurements for all of my readers that don’t live in the U.S. I hope this is helpful to all of you. 🙂 It is not Valentine’s Day without a pink or red treat!

Valentine’s Day Tea Cake

Serves 8


3/4 cup or 90 grams all purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

a pinch of salt

1/2 cup or 120 grams butter (softened)

1/2 cup or 100 grams sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/3 cup or 110 grams raspberry marmalade


  • Grease and flour a round cake pan, and preheat oven to 325 F or 160 C.
  • In a small bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  • With a hand mixer in a medium bowl, beat softened butter and sugar together until combined. Add in eggs and vanilla and beat until creamy.
  • Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and fold gently with a spatula until combined. Be careful not to over-mix!
  • Spread cake batter into prepared baking dish. Drop spoonfuls of marmalade on top and then swirl with the tip of a knife to create a marble effect.
  • Bake for 30 minutes or until a fork inserted comes out clean and the cake doesn’t jiggle in the center. Let cool before slicing!

*Feel free to use more or less marmalade/ jam to your liking. Mine was quite thick and didn’t swirl easily, so I ended up using more.

How will you be celebrating Valentine’s Day? I hope to share a heart-shaped waffle with Nicolas topped with lots of vanilla ice cream, powdered sugar, and jam. 🙂 Have a great week!


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  • Reply Billie Jo February 13, 2018 at 1:32 am

    Hi Honey!
    Happy Valentine’s Day to you!!
    This cake looks delicious.
    I am so happy you are carrying on the tradition of celebrating each and every special day.
    Love you, my firstborn.

    • Reply Madison Marie February 20, 2018 at 11:40 am

      Traditions are so special to me because of you! Love you!

  • Reply Martha Ellen February 13, 2018 at 1:33 am

    Looks wonderful, Madison. Have a wonderful holiday! ♥

    • Reply Madison Marie February 20, 2018 at 11:39 am

      Thanks so much! <3

  • Reply katie February 13, 2018 at 7:05 am

    a raspberry swirl…this is right up my street – i LOVE raspberrys in baking im bookmarking this to make this weekend, thanks for sharing gal!

    hope you’re having a lush time skiing…only a teeny tiny bit jealous!

    katie. xx

    • Reply Madison Marie February 20, 2018 at 11:39 am

      Yes, you can never go wrong with raspberry! Thanks so much for reading! xx

  • Reply mamasmercantile February 13, 2018 at 1:31 pm

    Looks like a great tasting cake. Sounds like you are having a wonderful break away in Sweden.

    • Reply Madison Marie February 20, 2018 at 11:39 am

      It was such a lovely holiday in Sweden! I’ll post photos from the trip soon. 🙂

  • Reply Dominika February 14, 2018 at 4:19 pm

    It looks delicious!

    • Reply Madison Marie February 20, 2018 at 11:38 am

      Thanks, Dominika! I must say, it was very tasty. 🙂

  • Reply Linda Conley February 16, 2018 at 12:46 pm

    A very happy belated Valentine’s Day, Madison and Nicolas! (I am falling behind in reading blogs, school is keeping me busy)….hope you have a lovely weekend, smiles.

    • Reply Madison Marie February 20, 2018 at 11:38 am

      Happy Belated Valentine’s Day to you, Linda! <3

  • Reply Courtney February 20, 2018 at 11:31 am

    That looks so good. I want to try some.

  • Reply Nicole February 20, 2018 at 6:55 pm

    You always make the most delicious looking pastries! I’m so happy because I’m back home in San Francisco for a bit, and my mom has all the ingredients necessary for baking…someone’s going to go wild in the kitchen! Can’t wait to try all of your yummy recipes!

    • Reply Madison Marie February 23, 2018 at 6:31 pm

      Aweee, thank you! Hope you are having the best time at home! I am visiting my family in a few weeks and can’t wait. 🙂 If you end up baking any goodies, let me know! 😉

  • Reply sharon mccloud February 21, 2018 at 3:08 pm

    YOU make my heart SING!!!!

  • Reply Danielle Alexa February 21, 2018 at 8:20 pm

    This looks absolutely delicious!

    Danielle xx

    • Reply Madison Marie February 23, 2018 at 6:36 pm

      Thank you, Danielle! Hope you had a lovely Valentine’s Day xx

  • Reply Zorica February 23, 2018 at 11:13 pm

    Omg the cake looks so delicious.

    • Reply Madison Marie February 25, 2018 at 2:55 pm

      It was sooo yummy. Thank you, Zorica! xx

  • Reply Julia February 24, 2018 at 12:17 pm

    This looks super tasty! Haven’t had something like this in ages either so I’d really enjoy it.

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

    • Reply Madison Marie February 25, 2018 at 2:53 pm

      Thank you, Julia! P.S. love the name of your blog 🙂

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