Old-Fashioned Southern Tea Cakes - Remember These?

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Jul. 21, 2017

If you grew up in the South chances are you had a tea cake lady or an icee lady on your street! I had both and I still remember those old fashioned Southern tea cakes like it was yesterday. What a nostalgic treat!

I can never find when where these little cakes originated from but they are one of those super old recipes that require only a few ingredients which made them really affordable back in the day. Some folks say they were called Great Depression cookies but they date back waaaaaay further than that!
Now depending on where youre from in the South determines how you like your tea cakes usually, or at least what you consider to be an authentic tea cake . Some like them crunchy and plain, others like them drizzled in glaze and some like them just like this recipe: fluffy tender in the middle, chewy around the edges with golden, barely crisp bottoms.

Tea cakes are like the love child of a cake, cookie, and biscuit, yet they taste like sweet, flavorful cornbread or pound cake with faint flavors of nutmeg and vanilla.

Now though, it seems like tea cakes are almost a forgotten recipe. Other bolder tea treats have taken their place, which is a shame! They arent gonna knock your socks off or anything but they are simple, easy, plain and unique in their own wayand something about that makes them extra special.

Pile them up on a plate, put on some tea, invite your girls over and chat the afternoon away!!


Unsalted butter 1/4 Cup (4 tbs) (room temperature)
Butter flavored shortening
Granulated sugar 1 Cup (16 tbs)
Egg 1 (room temperature)
Lemon 1 Small
Vanilla bean 1/2
Flour 2 Cup (32 tbs)
Baking powder 2 Teaspoon
Salt 1/2 Teaspoon
Nutmeg 1/4 Teaspoon
Buttermilk 1/4 Cup (4 tbs)


For directions, please visit: http://divascancook.com/old-fashioned-tea-cakes-recipe-authentic-southern/

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Easy
Cook Time: 9 Minutes
Ready In: 9 Minutes
Servings: 4