Southern Tea Cakes

Total Time:
30 min
20 min
10 min

6 to 8 dozen

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 pound (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large bowl sift flour, baking soda, and baking powder together. Add remaining ingredients and blend well. Dough should be soft. Roll dough out onto a floured surface until approximately 1/4-inch thick. Cut dough into desired shapes and bake on a slightly greased sheet for 10 to 12 minutes.

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I LOVE THIS RECIPE!! I've made it several times for my nieces everytime they come over. This is the ONLY recipe they like. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made the recipe. The cakes are tasty, but I think they could have been better. The recipe's instructions are very poor- especially for the first-timer. Should the butter and sugar be creamed first before adding those ingredients to the flour and baking powder? Should the eggs be beaten first? Should the vanilla extract be added to the eggs or buttermilk before adding those ingredients. should everything be combined with a mixer or in a blender? And how in the world would you get eight to ten dozen cakes out of this recipe? You would need to cut them out with a thimble. A picture of the finished product would help. Come on, Paula! You can go better than this. item not reviewed by moderator and published
so yummy... I have been looking for a recipe that was like my Mom's or as close as possible. This is it. They are so wonderful and melt in your mouth. Yeah! item not reviewed by moderator and published
They were delious. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I remember helping my Grandmother make tea-cakes when I was real young.What was wrote down in her recipe book,which she never wrote out the full details to any of her recipes. The ingredients are 1 cup crisco 3 cups sugar 1/4 cup buttermilk 1tea spoon soda 1tea spoon vanilla 5 cups all pourpose flour 4 eggs Cream lard and sugar Add eggs Sift and add flour Dissolve soda in milk then add then add vanilla That was all I had to go on, I never remembered rolling them out. But that was 40 years ago too. I tried to make these the other night just dropping a spoonfull on a sheet pan. They came out close but raw almost in the middle,when edges were brown. After reading your recipe it all came back to me. Thanks much Paula Deen,your a great inspiration. And hopefully will have alot more of these old southern favorites to share. Oh the last part of the recipe was bake at 350 for 9-12 min. Next I have to try and figure out her carmel icing recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very Good! Extremely close to the ones I use to eat as a little girl. Good job Paula. My hubby suggested i use a touch of nutmeg though. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was good but to add a special "Arkansas Southern" flavor try adding a pinch of nutmeg'' A trick from my Great-Great Grandmother. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I thought the "taste" of tea cakes was lost forever then I found this recipe. HOORAY soo soo good. Ty Paula sooo much. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Followed recipe to the tee...However very disappointed...they baked up very flat...Would not bake this recipe again...I really have always had good luck with Paula Deen's recipes and not sure what happened....It was new baking soda and new baking powder. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the recipe I have been looking for all my life! My great grandmother used to make these and never could(or maybe would) give out the recipe right. Every since she died no one has had them quite like she used to make. I haven't eaten a decent tea cake since she was around. But I saw this recipe that sounded right on. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! I even had my grandpa try them for me to see if they are like what he remembered. The only thing was that she made her's thinner and baked them until they were a light golden brown. I am so excited that my search for the perfect tea cake recipe is over. item not reviewed by moderator and published

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