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?