SWEET TEA AND LEMONADE CAKE

Ellen Bales

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This is a recipe from Southern Living Magazine that sounds really yum. You can add some extra "zing" by substituting vodka or bourbon for the lemon juice in the frosting.
Photo: Southern Living
07-30-14


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Serves:

12-15

Prep:

35 Min

Cook:

40 Min

Method:

Bake

Ingredients

1 1/2 c
boiling water
3
family-size tea bags
1 c
butter, softened
2 c
granulated sugar
1/2 c
firmly packed light brown sugar
5 large
eggs, room temperature
3 1/2 c
cake flour
2 tsp
baking powder
3/4 tsp
salt
1/4 tsp
baking soda

LEMONADE FROSTING:

1 pkg
(8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
1/4 c
butter, softened
6 c
powdered sugar
1 Tbsp
lemon zest
3 Tbsp
fresh lemon juice

Directions Step-By-Step

1
In a heatproof glass bowl, pour boiling water over tea bags; cover with plastic wrap and steep 10 minutes. Lift tea bags from liquid, and press against side of bowl, using back of a spoon; discard tea bags. Cool tea 20 minutes.
2
Beat butter in a large bowl at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add sugars, beating until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating just until blended after each addition.
3
Whisk together cake flour and next three ingredients; add to butter mixture alternately with 1 cup of tea, beginning and ending with flour mixture. (Discard remaining tea.) Beat at low speed just until blended after each addition.
4
Pour batter into a greased and floured 13x9-inch baking pan. Bake in a preheated 350ยบ oven for 35 to 40 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
5
Cool completely on a wire rack, about 20 minutes. Spread lemonade frosting on cake.
6
LEMONADE FROSTING:
Beat the cream cheese and butter at medium speed until creamy. Gradually add powdered sugar, one cup at a time, beating at low speed until blended after each addition. Beat in lemon zest and lemon juice just until blended. Increase speed to high, and beat until light and fluffy.
7
NOTE: If you prefer a slightly tipsy cake, add 2 Tbsp. vodka or bourbon to the frosting INSTEAD of lemon juice.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cakes
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: Southern
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Other Tags: For Kids, Healthy, Heirloom