What makes the perfect afternoon tea?

Posted: 31st Oct 2017

With the finale of the Great British Bake Off drawing to a close on 31 October, our love of cake and crumpets will be whipped into a frenzy

Millions of viewers are expected to tune in to see whether it will be Sophie, Steven or Kate who is crowned King or Queen of the Bake Off kitchen.

As a way of whetting your appetite, Girls Afternoon Tea has asked 1400 afternoon tea lovers exactly what ingredients they would look for in their perfect afternoon tea.

Top Five Finger Sandwiches

1 Salmon
2 Egg
3 Cheese
4 Tuna
5 Ham

Salmon proved to be top of the savoury board, and was enjoyed either on its own or with cream cheese.

A surprising result was the lack of love for the traditional cucumber sandwich, which failed to make the newsletter altogether.

Top five cakes

1 Victoria Sponge
2 Lemon Drizzle Cake
3 Carrot Cake
4 Scones
5 Coffee Cake

The most popular cake was Victoria Sponge. Freshly baked scones with clotted cream might be a staple of any afternoon tea but was somewhat lacking in 4th place. Another surprise proved to be chocolate cake not featuring in the top five, being beaten by coffee cake - those dainty macaroons that are ever popular came bottom of the platter.

Favourite tipple

1 Champagne
2 Gin cocktail
3 Kir Royale

Afternoon tea is always accompanied with a pot of freshly brewed tea. However, when closely looking for an extra dash of sparkle, what's your favourite tipple? Champagne was the overall winner 2ith 52 per cent of the votes, closely followed by a gin cocktail and Kir Royale.

Festive favourites

1 Yule Log
2 Traditional Christmas Cake
3 Mince Pies
4 Stollen

With Christmas just around the corner, the big question is what to put on the cake stands. The answer? Yule Log! Beating the more traditional Christmas cake and mince pies into top position, it was voted the most popular.