lemon tea cake

I have the most wonderful sister-in-law. But let’s be honest…I call her my real sister because she is.

Fact: When I met Bret, I instantly had a crush on him. However, I learned shortly after meeting him that his sister’s name was Sarah. I immediately thought it would be too weird for him to date a girl with the same name as his sister. Thankfully, that turned out to be untrue. On one hand, family events can get a little bit confusing. On the other hand, now I have a funny anecdote!

But back to bragging about my sister.
She is the kind of girl you are totally mesmerized by. So gorgeous and so funny, but also quiet – in a really lovely kind of way. She is also a strong and wonderful mama to the cutest baby girl I know. I absolutely love spending time with her. Talking, laughing, and following Jesus together.

I recently celebrated my birthday (twenty-five!). When Bret and I arrived at our Community Group on Tuesday night (which is hosted by Sarah and her husband Josh), Sarah had made me a beautiful cake! And not just any cake, a LEMON TEA CAKE! It warmed my heart that my wonderful sister knows how much I love both lemon and tea! And somehow, she combined them…and, my goodness, it was delicious!

lemon tea cake

Here’s Sarah’s yummy recipe:


  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup of white flour
  • 1 cup of white sugar
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil (I used a mild flavored extra virgin olive oil)
  • 1/3 cup of milk (whatever milk you prefer)
  • 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Zest and juice of 3 lemons (zest the lemons before juicing them)
  • Powdered sugar for dusting
  • 9 inch circular baking tray


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease baking pan with olive oil.
  2. Beat eggs and sugar together in a medium mixing bowl.
  3. Add olive oil and milk. Mix until combined.
  4. Add flour, baking powder, baking soda, vanilla extract, lemon zest and lemon juice. Mix until combined.
  5. Pour the batter into your prepared baking pan. Bake until golden brown, about 35 minutes.
  6. Dust the top with powdered sugar and more lemon zest if you like!
  7. Enjoy! Remember to have a hot mug of tea nearby when consuming all the goodness.

* Suggestion: When I make my sister’s tea cake in the future, I am going to try steeping a bag of earl grey tea in the milk before adding it to the mixture. Yum!

Thank you again, Sarah, for being awesome! Love you, sister!

xo Sarah


6 thoughts on “lemon tea cake

  1. What a nice post. I am a lucky mom to have 2 special Sarah’s in my life. The cake sounds wonderful……. Wish I had a piece to have with my coffee this morning.


  2. Hi Sarah , So Glad you are part of a beautiful and loving family….. Your life is enriched and joyful. May your days give you happiness, peace and love always. Your MOM , Carol OOOXXX

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