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Moist Lemon Tea Cakes Recipe
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Moist Lemon Tea Cakes Recipe

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Whenever I serve these lovely bite-size glazed cakes, they get rave reviews...and I get requests for the recipe. Lemon and cream cheese make for a winning combination.—Charlene Crump, Montgomery, Alabama
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES:102 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES: 102 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups butter, softened
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 2-1/4 cups sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons lemon extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • GLAZE:
  • 5-1/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup plus 3 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 3-1/2 teaspoons lemon extract

Nutritional Facts

1 tea cake equals 93 calories, 4 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 22 mg cholesterol, 38 mg sodium, 14 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, cream the butter, cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the lemon juice, extracts and lemon peel. Add flour; beat just until moistened.
  2. Fill greased miniature muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 325° for 10-15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  3. In a small bowl, combine glaze ingredients. Dip tops of cakes into glaze; place on waxed paper to dry. Yield: 8-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Lemon Tea Cakes in Taste of Home February/March 2002, p65

Nutritional Facts

1 tea cake equals 93 calories, 4 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 22 mg cholesterol, 38 mg sodium, 14 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.

Sweet White Wine

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

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Reviewed Feb. 3, 2015

"not as "lemony"as I expected, I was desappointed"

Reviewed Jan. 15, 2015

"I made a batch of these yesterday and have mixed feelings about them. I thought with all the different types of lemon called for in the recipe, they would have a more defined lemon taste. I was a bit disappointed with the flavor. Also, I baked them much longer than called for and they still came out a pale yellow color (not golden brown like I expected). I made these for a church dinner which is tonight, so I will see how the tea cakes are accepted. This is a recipe that I could take or leave. All in all, if I am making something lemon, I want to really taste "lemon". I have other recipes that I like much better."

Reviewed Jan. 13, 2015

"I made these and I found that the 10-15 minutes baking time is not enough. I kept them in for 10 more minutes and they still came out pale, although the glaze made them pretty. They were still delicious so I will make them again, but I will bake them at 350 and see what happens. They are the perfect size and so attractive on a plate!! :)"

Reviewed Jan. 12, 2015

"I just made 1/2 batch of these little Tea Cakes. I used my regular size cup cake pan and increased the temp to 350 deg. 20 minutes and my yield was 21 cakes. I filled each cupcake about 3/4 full. Without levening in the batter they did not rise real high just about level with the pan. Then I found they were pretty delicate so I actually made 1/4 recipe of glaze and took a teaspoon and dabbed about a 1/2 teaspoon of glaze on each tea cake. They still were small and just a couple of bites."

Reviewed Jul. 3, 2014

"These are so good! The glaze recipe makes more glaze than you could possibly use unless you triple or quadroupled the tea cake recipe. The tea cakes are delicious on their own without the glaze too. The batter was a little thicker than I expected, so it was a little messy getting it into the mini muffin spots, but other than that, it was easy to make and very, very good."

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