Old Fashioned Tea Cake Recipe

Are you looking for a delicious snack to go along with your tea? Enjoy our Old Fashioned Tea Cake recipe.

Old Fashioned Tea Cake Recipe

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Old Fashioned Tea Cake Recipe

When you want a soft tea cake, nothing is better than our Old Fashioned Tea Cake Recipe. It’s easy to change the flavors by substituting almond or lemon extract for vanilla so that you can match your tea cake to your favorite tea. Check out All Recipes for the original recipe and look below for our healthier substitutes.


  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup applesauce
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • ¾ cup honey
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. In a medium bowl, cream together the butter, applesauce, white sugar, and honey until smooth. Then, add one egg at a time and beat into the mixture. Finally, stir in the vanilla.
  2. Combine the dry ingredients of flour, baking soda, salt, and nutmeg. Then, slowly stir the dry mix into the creamed mixture. If the dough is too moist, add more flour.
  3. Knead the dough for a few turns on a flour-coated board until smooth. Cover and refrigerate until firm.
  4. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
  5. On a lightly-floured surface, roll out the chilled dough to ¼ inch thickness and then cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters.
  6. Place the cookies 1.5 inches apart on cookie sheets
  7. Bake for 8 – 10 minutes until the cookies are slightly golden brown. Allow to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes and then remove to a wire rack.
  8. Enjoy for up to a week.
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