Close to tears, friend left nuns toasted teacakes (5,5)
I believe the answer is:
'teacakes' is the definition.
(Sally Lunn is an example)
'close to tears friend left nuns toasted' is the wordplay.
'close to' indicates one should take the final letters (the 'close' to the word).
'friend left' becomes 'allyl' (I can't explain this - if you can you should believe this answer much more).
'toasted' is an anagram indicator (I've seen 'toast' mean this (toast can mean damaged or broken)).
The final letter of 'tears' is 's'.
'nuns' anagrammed gives 'unns'.
Can you help me to learn more?