Irish Tea Cake

A traditional Irish treat.

Sweet homemade traditional pound cake with lemon for dessert.

Irish Tea Cake

Course Dessert
Cuisine Irish


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar


  • Preheat oven to 350° F.
  • Grease and flour a 9” cake pan or loaf pan. In a medium bowl, beat 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.
  • Add the dry ingredients gradually, alternating with the milk.
  • If the batter is too stiff, add up to two tablespoons of additional milk.
  • Spread the batter evenly into the pan and bake for about 30 minutes in the preheated oven, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Allow the cake to cool in the pan for about an hour before turning it out onto a serving plate.
  • Dust with powdered sugar.
Keyword Irish Tea cake, tea cake
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My family loves this recipe! It’s so easy and the ingredients are always on hand. I bake mine in a 9in cake pan and 30 minutes is perfect.


Fabulous cake! Easy and inexpensive to make. Ingredients are always on hand in the cupboard, so it can be whipped up quickly for company or when you want to bring a dessert to an impromptu get-together or just to make an ordinary weekday dinner a little special. Similar taste to pound cake…serve with fresh fruit, ice cream, etc. I do agree with Angela, though. It took nearly an hour to bake.


This recipe is great. The first time I made it I baked it in a 9 inch round cakepan. The second time I made it I used a loaf pan and substituted almond extract for vanilla. Oh so good and REALLY good the second day!


Made it today and it is delicious. I’ll definitely be making it again. It said to bake it approx. 30 minutes, but it actually took around 50 mins.

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