State-by-State Baking :: New Hampshire Apple Tea Cake

by | Mar 15, 2012 | State-by-State, State-by-State Baking | 16 comments

Are you all completely sick of our “State-by-State Baking” posts this week?  I promise I will blog about something other than geography and food soon!

The girls have been making great progress this week, catching up on some recipes to go along with the states they have been studying over the winter.   They’ve already completed a recipe for Virginia (I just need to upload the pictures) and will be making Crab Cakes for Maryland on Friday.   We just need to decide on (and make) recipes for New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Kentucky to be all caught up…  We have a couple ideas, but would love some suggestions from anyone that lives there, or is familiar with any great recipes specific to those states!

Anyhow, back to New Hampshire…  New Hampshire, originally one of the thirteen colonies, “created” the new nation by becoming the 9th state on June 21, 1788, meeting the requirement for nine states to ratify the Constitution!  The girls studied this state with the help of G is for Granite: A New Hampshire Alphabet and then completed their Notebook Pages.

New Hampshire Notebooking Pages
by Twinkle Toes (L) and Chiquita (R)

To go along with our South Carolina Butterflies and Tea, the girls decided to make an Apple Tea Cake, recalling the apple orchards that were planted by the early settlers in New Hampshire.  As we enjoyed our tea and cake, we read the poem “After Apple Picking” which was written by American poet, Robert Frost in 1914.

F is for Robert Frost
Frost is a poet of countryside things:
stone walls and hay rakes, 
stoneboats and snowflakes, 
orchards and woods where the ovenbird sings. 

New Hampshire Apple Tea Cake


  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 apple, cored and thinly sliced
  • extra sugar
  • nutmeg


  1. Cream butter and sugar and then add egg, beating well. 
  2. Add flour, baking powder and salt, alternating with milk and mix until light and fluffy.  
  3. Pour mixture into a greased and lined cake tin.  
  4. Place apple slices decoratively on top of cake and sprinkle with the extra sugar and some nutmeg.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-45 minutes.  (Ours took longer since we used a smaller pan, making the cake deeper.)
  6. Remove from pan and cool on tray.  

Resources we used for this State Study:

G is for Granite: A New Hampshire Alphabet
G is for Granite Teacher’s Guide (pdf)
New Hampshire’s Notebooking Page from United States Maps
United States Coloring Book (Dover)
State Birds and Flowers Coloring Book (Dover)
The United States Cookbook: Fabulous Foods and Fascinating Facts From All 50 States

Other Posts of Interest: 

State-by-State Scrapbook
State-by-State Scrapbook :: New Hampshire


  1. Julie Maria

    I will try to make it for Easter! I love cake with apple 🙂

    God bless and thanks for the wonderful pics!

    Julie Maria


    I live close to Rhode Island – Rhode Island Clam Chowder is a biggie there. As is Rhode Island Pizza – cold crust and sauce, with no cheese. I would go with the clam chowder, lol!

  3. Anonymous

    Yaaay for NH! The Apple cake looks yummmy! We certainly have lots of apples here, as well as Maple Syrup as it is sugaring time right now. All the maple trees are tapped! (Cindy from NH)

  4. Anonymous for a Vermont Maple Bread Pudding which would be very simple for the girls to make….Any recipe must have Maple Syrup For Vermont! That is a given! PJ

  5. Jessica Gordon

    I actually ordered a jug of Vermont Maple Syrup earlier this week and it just arrived! We love Maple Syrup, but have never had any from Vermont, at least that I can remember. I will have to show the girls the recipe you sent. Thank you!

  6. Jessica Gordon

    No cheese on the pizza? Interesting! The Clam Chowder is a great idea too! Our cookbook suggests Coffee Milkshakes for Rhode Island. I would probably love one of those, if I could have the dairy. I will have to google your suggestions and see what recipes I can find. Another idea the girls had from their Alphabet book was Johnnycakes… Since we are still studying the American Revolution those might be fun.

  7. Jessica Gordon

    How neat! Wish we could make maple syrup here!! Yum!

  8. Jamie Carin and Claudio Romano

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  9. mel

    I'm not sick of them! I totally plan on stealing them for the next school year, lol…

  10. Anonymous

    For New York-Beef on Weck. I don't think this is found in other states. Also, the chicken wing was born in NY!

  11. Jessica Gordon

    I think I'm going to have to google that… I have never heard of "Weck"! And I didn't know that about Chicken Wings. It's so fun to learn where all these different foods originated from!

  12. elm

    My folks live in North Carolina for a few years and found a yummy place along a small highway out in the "county" to enjoy lunch. All the locals ordered their meal "all the way." So, that is how my folks tried it. My dad like the "Hot Dog All The Way" best, but also enjoyed a bbq pork sandwich all the way, too. Now… "all the way" probably means different things, but at this little hole in the wall place, all the way meant all the toppings for the hot dog, like ketchup and mustard and maybe onion, but MOST certainly "all the way" ALWAYS meant a huge heap of coleslaw right on the bun with the meat!

    As for Kentucky? On May 5th, while you wait for the big race to begin, you'll have to have a Derby Day! Plan stick pony races and drink mint juleps (non-alcoholic recipes abound on-line)! There is a page on that has party food options that they must be serving at the Derby – some very beautiful and exquisite items!! FUN FUN FUN! Wish we could come and race stick ponies through the trees with you!!! 🙂

  13. Megan

    I am originally from Indiana where sugar cream pie is the must have dessert. One of the joys of being military is we move a lot (4 times so far in almost 7 years of marriage). We've also lived in TX and NM. Ooh I miss green chilies from NM.
    When are you covering Alaska? 🙂 I'll be happy to send you some yummy salmon and other Last Frontier items!

  14. Anonymous

    Jessica, An idea for RI is French meat pie or dynamites ( like a sloppy joe). Those would be good for dinner. We moved here 2 years ago and I now make them often. God bless. Maureen

  15. Michele from NH

    I live about 15 minutes from Robert Frost's Farm in Derry, NH. Would you like me to snap a photo or 2 of the farm for you?

    Michele from NH

  16. Anonymous

    Oh goodness that looks so delicious!!


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