Lemon-Yogurt Tea Cakes Recipe
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Lemon-Yogurt Tea Cakes Recipe

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Light, tender and tangy, these little lemon cakes will be the belle of the brunch. They’re also great for lunch, supper or snacking.—Ruth Burrus, Zionsville, Indiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup cold butter
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) fat-free plain yogurt
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 4 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract

Nutritional Facts

1 tea cake: 232 calories, 8g fat (5g saturated fat), 20mg cholesterol, 255mg sodium, 37g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein


  1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt; cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Whisk the yogurt, egg whites, lemon juice, peel and extract; stir into crumb mixture just until moistened.
  2. Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups three-fourths full. Bake at 350° for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely. Yield: about 1 dozen.
Originally published as Lemon-Yogurt Tea Cakes in Country Woman June/July 2010, p45

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.

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Reviewed Mar. 1, 2015

"Love the lemon tea cakes. These will be perfect for Easter Brunch. I will definitely make these lemon tea cakes again. They were delicious; batter was a bit thick. You can also try this with oranges ."

Reviewed May. 18, 2014

"Light, tender with just the right amount of lemon"

Reviewed Apr. 5, 2014

"Can these be made with Greek yogurt?"

Reviewed Aug. 6, 2013

"I love this recipe and have been making these muffins for years. One of my favorites!"

Reviewed Apr. 7, 2013

"These are delicious! The batter was quite thick, so I didn't know what to expect. But they turned out very light, spongy, and tasty! They have just the right amount of lemon flavor."

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