Do You Remember Tea Cakes?


Do you have tea cake memories? What is your favorite recipe like?

Mention tea cakes to any Southerner and chances are their eyes will glaze over as they’re taken back in time to Grandma’s kitchen…waiting on that warm, buttery goodness to emerge from the oven.

Most of my kitchen time was spent with Granny or Mama, but it was my great-grandmother who made the best tea cakes. As soon as I walked in the door of her house I would ask for them, and if there weren’t any in the cookie jar then we would head to the kitchen. When the tea cakes were done, Grandma would lift one from the pan and give it to me. It would be so hot I’d have to dance it from hand to hand, but that first bite was special…warm, buttery and soft.

When I was 12 years old, I asked Grandma for the recipe, but, of course, there was no recipe. Butter, eggs, flour, sugar and you just poured it in “until it looks right.” But she pulled some measurements out of her head and I wrote them down—I still have this piece of paper. And it says, “1 stick melted butter, 1 egg, 1 and 1/2 cups sugar and add flour—until it looks right.”  That last part has been hanging me up for more than thirty years.

Here’s my latest post on experimenting with teacakes.

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    October 8, 2010 at 10:40 am

    I know the look you talk about when folks talk about tea cakes – and tea cake batter. I wasn’t raised with them, so my taste memory will be formed when I try this recipe!

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    October 9, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    I just found your website and am enjoying browsing thru your Southern recipes. I am from Alabama (now live in Georgia) and can relate to many of your stories and recipes that bring back sweet memories. This one in particular. I have a recipe, found from another site, that I have tried and it comes as close to the teacakes I remember than any I have tried. And that recipe is very similar to yours – just a little less sugar and a little more flour. I know yours will be equally as good. And nothing is better than an old fashioned, homemade tea cake!

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