Perhaps next to the cup of good tea, the guests look forward to the cake and desserts on that top tier of the serving tray. If you are planning to bake for our Afternoon Tea, consider making sponge cake or pound cake. As a final course, each guest will be served a thin slice of cake to eat with other desserts.
If you like to express your artistic inclinations through baking, consider making petits fours like macarons and meringues, or iced ones like eclairs and layered cakes to complete the dessert tray. At oldfashionedliving.com, you'll find tidbits on tea time traditions and cake recipes from scratch.
For the adventurous bakers out there, try making a Battenburg Cake with its distinctive two-by-two check pattern. That would give any Afternoon Tea a British touch.