I’m as southern as the days are long, but this is a first for me – baking a sweet tea and lemonade cake! I mean, sure, southerners are known for their good food and their sweet tea. But to be totally honest, I haven’t had sweet tea in years – unsweetened for me, thank you very much!
And, yes, I’ve seen tea being used in various recipes for a while now, but I could never really wrap my head around the trend, until I saw the Sweet Tea and Lemonade Cake in the August edition of Southern Living and I knew I had to try it for my hit or miss Wednesday!
When I told my dieting daughters what I was planning on baking, they screamed (well, maybe not screamed, but their voices did go up an octave or two) at me that this week was supposed to be a miss and that I couldn’t keep making these hits when they were trying to diet. But, really, “Do I tie their hands behind their back and force feed them to eat it? No, I don’t think so.”
I can’t help it that most of the recipes I try are hits. I mean, I have a good eye – what can I say!
The tea did add a darker color to the cake, but it didn’t taste like I was eating sweet tea! And the cake was moist and delicious. I could just eat the cream cheese/lemon icing with a spoon, but I didn’t. I do know who licked the icing bowl once I was done, but I’ll never tell! It wasn’t me!
And, of course, everyone loved the sweet tea and lemonade cake! It’s a great cake for a crowd, a potluck, family dinner or to just impress your friends! You can find the recipe here!
Helpful Hint: Next time I bake this cake, I will make it a layer cake instead of a sheet cake – thinner layers, more icing per bite!
Have you ever used tea in a recipe?