Sweet Tea and Lemonade Cake

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?



About Alli

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  1. 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.

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

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

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

  4. 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!

  5. 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 😉

  6. 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!

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

  8. 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 🙂

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

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

  11. 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!!

  12. 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!!

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

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

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

  16. 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!

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

  18. 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.

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


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