Sweet Tea and Lemonade Cake

by Alli

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!

Sweet Tea & Lemonade Cake

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.”

Sweet Tea & Lemonade Cake

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!

Sweet Tea Cake

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?

 

 

29 comments

Reginia Cordell July 30, 2014 - 6:34 am

I’ve used tea to tint my hair… does that count?

Sweet Tea Lemonade Cake sounds very Paula Dean. I would love to try a bite.

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Alli July 30, 2014 - 6:54 am

It does sound like something Paula Dean would make! I was a little nervous about adding tea to a cake, but everyone loved it.

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Colleen July 30, 2014 - 6:47 am

That looks de-lish and all the southern talk makes me miss Louisiana.

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[email protected] July 30, 2014 - 7:09 am

Yum! It’s a unique combination and it sounds great!

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Karen July 30, 2014 - 7:36 am

I live in the South too, and have never heard of putting sweet tea into a cake! It looks fantastic though, and I can imagine a few people who would go crazy for it. I love the sliced lemons on top ~ so pretty!

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Alli July 30, 2014 - 8:06 am

Oh, good! I thought I was the only southerner that had never baked with tea! 🙂

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aimee fauci July 30, 2014 - 8:38 am

Nope.. never even thought to make cake with some added tea… This looks amazing and for me… when I am trying to lose weight… sweets are like crack to a crack addict.. I totally side with your girls 😉

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Shirley Wood July 30, 2014 - 9:08 am

I’ve never even considered adding tea into any recipe, coffee yes but not tea. My first thought is the addition of caffeine but tea can be purchased decaffeinated now.
My husband shares your love for trying out the recipes in the current edition of SL. I’m sure we will be tasting this soon if it strikes his fancy.
It certainly LOOKS delicious!

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Alli July 31, 2014 - 8:22 pm

I did use decaf tea (that’s all I use). 🙂

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Paris (My Big Fat Happy Life) July 30, 2014 - 9:08 am

Yummy!!! And your cake looks so pretty! I’ve pinned.

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Alli July 31, 2014 - 8:22 pm

Thanks for pinning, Paris!

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MJ @ Daisy & June July 30, 2014 - 9:17 am

SHUT THE FRONT DOOR! My great grandmother used to make a sweet tea cake when I was younger! I cant wait to try this. Thanks for the blast from my past 🙂

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Alli July 31, 2014 - 8:21 pm

Hope it’s as good as your great grandmother’s! But nothing is as good as grandma’s! 🙂

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Logan Cantrell July 30, 2014 - 9:59 am

These look amazing! I love my sweet tea. I’m pinning!

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Louida July 30, 2014 - 11:03 am

You can’t go wrong with sweet tea and lemon cake (lemonade), so it is a hit for me!

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Christine July 30, 2014 - 11:27 am

I’m not a tea fan at all. I know, I know! It’s just nothing I ever liked, but you have me curious about this cake!! I’m a big fan of icing, so I have a feeling I’d love this cake, lol! You always post the best recipes!!

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Alli July 31, 2014 - 8:21 pm

Next time I make it, I will definitely make a layer cake – more icing, less cake. 🙂

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Crystal July 30, 2014 - 11:39 am

I’m southern, but I have never heard of putting sweet tea into a cake. It looks delicious though. I’m sure my sweet tea loving family would love this recipe! Thanks so much!!

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Catherine July 30, 2014 - 4:13 pm

This looks like a wonderful combination of summer flavors. I am sure your daughters enjoyed this delicious dessert too.
Blessings, Catherine

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Alli July 31, 2014 - 8:20 pm

They did, but next week I’m sharing a DIY project so I won’t mess their diets up again! 🙂

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Kristen from The Road to Domestication July 30, 2014 - 11:08 pm

It looks perfect for summer! And no, I’ve never used tea in a recipe – interesting!

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Alli July 31, 2014 - 8:19 pm

Glad I’m not the only one that had never used tea in a recipe. 🙂

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Kristin July 30, 2014 - 11:40 pm

I’ve never baked with tea, but I’ve always wanted to make Earl Grey macarons!

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Alli July 31, 2014 - 8:18 pm

That sounds awesome! Love Macarons!

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Amanda Cross July 30, 2014 - 11:46 pm

This cake looks super delicious! I love sweet tea, but I never used it in a cake recipe. I love baking cakes that add a little something extra than just cake and icing. This cake looks like a delicious recipe to try!

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Christine July 31, 2014 - 2:39 pm

This looks amazing! You should link up to Good Food Fridays! http://socalledhomemaker.com/2014/07/good-food-fridays-link-up/

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Madaline July 31, 2014 - 10:27 pm

AHHH I’m with your daughters – stop posting delish things until I’m off the diet! haha. This looks divine. I mean, what could be better in the South then SWEET TEA and LEMONADE cake!? I think nothing.

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Alli August 1, 2014 - 6:34 am

I promised them that next week would be a DIY project. 🙂

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Neatly-Packaged (@Neatly_Packaged) August 1, 2014 - 12:23 am

Oh Alli that cake looks amazing!! Thank you for sharing 🙂

http://neatly-packaged.com/

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