Irish Tea Cake

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This simple cake is one of my favorites year round. It's delightful with afternoon tea and wonderful as a dessert with a caramel whiskey sauce. My girls will even eat it for breakfast with fruit.

This is a dense cake, not a sponge, and has a mild flavor that allows it to pair with nearly anything.

Irish Tea Cake

There is never a wrong time to serve this cake.

Yield: 1 9" round cake

Irish Tea Cake

Irish Tea Cake

This tea cake is perfect for an afternoon snack, an after dinner dessert or a brunch. We've even eaten it for breakfast with fresh fruit. It's just a great cake that is easy to make.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar (for dusting; optional)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

Grease and flour a 9 inch round pan.

In a medium bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time then stir in the vanilla.

Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; stir into the batter alternately with the milk.

If the batter is too stiff, a tablespoon or two of milk may be added.

Spread the batter evenly into the prepared pan.

Bake for 30 to 35 minutes in the preheated oven, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Cool in pan on a wire rack, then turn out onto a serving plate.

Dust with confectioners' sugar right before serving.


Use a flour sifter to dust confectioners sugar evenly across the cake.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 227Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 52mgSodium: 188mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 0gSugar: 19gProtein: 3g

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