You can't go wrong with lemon, one of my favourite tastes, and it makes for a zingy, fresh cake that's great for summer teas or served with fruit as a dessert. It's made using the all-in-one method, which is quick to make - and to clear up.
A cherry cake is a reassuringly old-fashioned tea time treat and very easy to make. Use either the 'naturally' coloured, dark cherries or the bright scarlet ones: both will taste great.
American muffins are like large cupcakes, though less sweet and more wholesome. I adore them - for brunch or tea - and with blueberries they are unbeatable. Try blackcurrants if you can't find blueberries. It's important to mix the ingredients until they are just beginning to come together - don't worry about some pockets of dry flour - over beating will ruin the finished texture.
These are good biscuits to make if you can't be bothered to get out the rolling pin and cutters, or to chill and slice the dough - you simply pile up the mix with a spoon and stick an almond on top.
A lovely, old fashioned English recipe that makes a wonderful dessert. Try making individual tarts in the same way to put it lunch boxes or to have for tea (cook for about 15-20 minutes altogether)
Scones are worth making yourself because they'll always be that bit fresher than shop bought and because they are so quick and simple. Eat them fresh the day you make them, preferably warm from the oven, with the traditional cream and jam, or if you have some left over the next day split and toast them and serve with butter.