Friday, January 22, 2010

Lemon Tea Cakes

This is a recipe I came across in this itty bitty cookbook that I shared about yesterday.  It's so cute! I can see myself making more of them.  These turned out great my kids ate them right up! I put a little less sugar in the frosting and it was more of a glaze.  I was thinking if I use these for the baby shower I will make mini ones in a pretty flower pan and maybe add fresh fruit to the top of it, what do you think?? Good idea?  Of course I don't want to compete with the cake.

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Lemon Tea Cakes

2 cup pastry or cake flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1/3 cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 egg yolks unbeaten
juice of 1 lemon
1/4 cup milk
2 egg whites, stiffly beaten

Sift flour once measure, add baking soda and salt and sift three more times. *( I admit I just sifted once)  Work butter with a spoon till creamy.  Add sugar gradually, beating after each addition until light and fluffy. Add egg yolks one a time, beating until well blended.  Add flour, alternately with lemon juice and milk, until smooth after each addition.  *(End with flour)  Fold in egg whites.  Bake in small greased muffin cups in moderate oven a@ 375 for 20 minutes.  Makes 30 small cakes.  * (I only got 14) Frost with orange butter.

Orange butter frosting

2 Tbsp. butter
2 Cups confectioners sugar
3 Tbsp. milk
1/4 tsp grated orange rind
1/4 tsp orange extract
a few drops of lemon extract

Work butter until soft.  Add sugar gradually, beating well thinning with milk until right consistency to spread.  Add orange rind and flavoring.  Makes enough to frost 2 eight inch layers.

Happy baking,  Have a great weekend!



  1. Mmm... those sound SO good. Especially the frosting.

  2. Wow, I love anything lemon...thanks so much for this recipe.
    We have company coming for dinner tomorrow evening and I'm going to make these.
    Hugs, Karen

  3. Oh my ... those look and sound divine! And I love the idea of fruit and a decorative flower shape. How perfect for a shower.

    These would be great for a little girl tea party. I can see my Michaela loving that idea. Thanks, as always, for sharing.

  4. Those look and sound yummy! be they are very refreshing after a big meal!

    The fruit on the top sounds like a great idea.

  5. What a great treat to make for a shower. The added fruit would be the perfect touch to it too. It looks just delish Carey :)

  6. These look very nummy. Thank you so much for the recipe!
    Have a good day!
    Blessings, Linda

  7. I made your Lemon Tea Cakes today. They are very yummy! I only had Lemon Extract, so next time I will try the Orange. I am thinking that maybe some colored sugar sprinkled on top would look pretty. I am hoping that I can find some yellow sugar in the spring.

    It was kind of funny the day that you posted the recipe, and the old recipe books. I had also gone through some old recipes, from my Mom and Aunt that day too. I saved the hand written ones, and some of the old books for my daughter. Hand written recipes might soon be something of the past.
    Thanks again for the recipe!