Irish Tea Cake Recipe
This Irish Tea Cake Recipe is one of the simplest cake recipes ever. It is a moist and dense cake that has a fresh and delicious flavor. It is just sweet enough without being overly sweet. Top this cake with fresh berries and whipped cream to make a simple and elegant dessert.
Irish Tea Cake
While some tea cakes are small cookie like cakes, this is a more traditional cake. While it is a bit denser than most cakes, it is the perfect complement to the lighter flavors. This cake is sweet without being too sweet and the berries or fresh fruit combines perfectly.
- Unsalted butter – I always recommend using unsalted butter when you are baking, even when the recipe calls for salt. By using unsalted butter, you can control the amount of salt in a recipe.
- Sugar- You can’t make a cake without sugar.
- Eggs- Using room temperature eggs is the best when making this cake recipe
- Pure vanilla extract- Always use pure vanilla extract instead of imitation for the best flavor.
- Flour- I use all purpose flour when I am making tea cakes, but you can also use self rising flour.
- Baking powder- If you are using self rising flour, do not add baking powder because it is already added.
- Salt- While it might seem strange to add salt to baked goods, a small amount of salt brings out the flavor in this cake recipe.
- Milk- I like to use whole milk in my cake recipes, but you can use reduced fat as well.
- Powdered sugar – The powdered sugar is used as a light dusting over the cake instead of a rich frosting.
- Fruit- I love to add fresh berries to the top of this cake.
- Whipped cream- Topping the cake with fresh whipped cream is a delicious substitute of a sweet frosting.
How do You Make a Tea Cake from Scratch?
Preheat the oven and prepare 3 cake pans.
Using a mixer, beat together the butter and sugar until it is fluffy.
Add in one egg at a time, until each one is mixed in well.
Beat in the vanilla.
Add the dry ingredients together in a bowl and then slowly add it into the mixing bowl, alternating with the milk.
Add the batter into the springform pan.
Bake for 35 minutes.
Allow the cake to cool completely and then dust with powdered sugar.
Top with fresh fruit and whipped cream when you are ready to serve.
Is a Tea Cake a Cookie or a Cake?
While some tea cakes are considered cookies, kind of like scones, this tea cake recipe is for a thick, dense cake that has a light and vanilla flavor. This is a delicious simple cake that is topped with fruit and whipped cream.
What Do You Serve with This?
When I am serving this cake, I like to dust it lightly with powdered sugar and add fresh berries and then whipped cream. You could make a traditional buttercream frosting or a simple berry glaze, but I like the simplicity of this cake recipe.
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Irish Tea Cake Recipe
- ½ C unsalted butter softened
- 1 C sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 ¾ C flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp kosher salt
- ½ C whole milk
- Powdered sugar for dusting
- Fruit for topping
- Whipped cream
- Preheat oven to 350 and line a 9in springform pan with parchment paper. Spray with pam baking spray and set aside
- Using a standing mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until combined and fluffy
- Beat in the eggs, one at a time until combined
- Beat in the vanilla until combined
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt until combined
- Alternate between the milk and flour, gradually mixing until completely combined
- Pour batter into springform pan and smooth evenly
- Bake in the oven for 35 - 40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean
- Allow to cool on the counter completely
- Dust with powdered sugar
- Serve with fresh berries and whipped cream