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Irish Tea Cake

March 22, 2013

Everyone should know how to make a simple tea cake, but if you are a tea drinker it is a must.  Of course there are many varieties of tea cakes to tempt you but this simple butter cake is still number one for me.  I remember as a child finally being able to join the table of adults at my Grandmother’s home to enjoy real tea in a special tea-cup (Made in Ireland).  The different cakes, sandwiches and other mini treats at 4 p.m. I was always allowed to have but the honor of the fine china meant I had arrived.  To this day tea does not taste quite right unless it is presented properly.


Irish Tea Cake


  • 1/2 C. Unsalted Butter (softened)
  • 1 C. Sugar
  • 2 Lg. Eggs
  • 1 1/2 t. Vanilla Extract
  • 1 3/4 C. All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 t. Baking Powder
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 1/2 C. Milk
  • 1/4 – 1/2 C. Confectioners’ Sugar (for dusting)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees; grease and flour a 9″ round cake pan
  2. Cream the butter and sugar in a medium bowl until light and fluffy
  3. Beat in the eggs one at a time; stir in the vanilla
  4. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt and stir into the batter alternately with the milk *
  5. Spread batter evenly into prepared pan
  6. Bake for about 30-35 minutes; toothpick inserted into the center will come out clean
  7. Cool on a wire rack; turn out on serving plate
  8. Dust with powdered sugar
  9. Decorate, if you must (sometimes I do too)

*  If batter is too stiff add one or two tablespoons of milk






Serves 10-12

Recipe from Women’s Home Companion

Following is the menu from the last “Tea”.  Share some of your recipes you enjoy for a special “Tea”.

Irish Tea Menu

Irish Tea Cake

Irish Scones

Orange Marmalade Cookies

Tea Sandwiches

Egg Custard

2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 23, 2013 10:58

    That looks like the perfect treat.

    • March 25, 2013 19:02

      Well, simplicity always wins. Fancy can be good too, but on a daily basis give me the simple.

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