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Lemon-Yogurt Tea Cakes

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
    about 1 dozen


  • 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 fat-free plain yogurt
  • 3 large egg whites, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 4 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract


  • 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, zest and extract; stir into crumb mixture just until moistened.
  • Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups three-fourths full. Bake at 350° for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.
Nutrition Facts
1 tea cake: 232 calories, 8g fat (5g saturated fat), 20mg cholesterol, 255mg sodium, 37g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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  • sgronholz
    Jan 22, 2017

    These lemon muffins are absolutely delicious and some of the best I've ever made! I used Greek yogurt and ended up with 14 light and tender muffins. My husband especially liked the delicate lemon flavor!

  • Marinabee
    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 .

  • luann81
    May 18, 2014

    Light, tender with just the right amount of lemon

  • Mom Kat
    Apr 5, 2014

    Can these be made with Greek yogurt?

  • Gardener88
    Aug 6, 2013

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

  • TeresaWitt
    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.

  • meghanred
    Jun 8, 2011

    Simply lovely, light, and delicate.

  • LindaLois
    Jun 7, 2011

    It was good, but I did add almost 12ozs of yogurt and alot of lemon juice to get it to taste like lemon, grated lemon peel was nice.

  • kkable
    Jun 6, 2011

    Not too sweet, pleasant lemony taste. Good any time of day.

  • podster86
    Jun 6, 2011

    These tea cakes were great! We loved the crunchy top. The only change I would make is to add more lemon because you can barely taste the lemon flavor.