Citrus TeaCake

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From the holiday hangover, and the memories of being at home… I couldnt resist the feeling of having a tea cake, my all time favourite cake and so I'm sharing the recipe of this Citrus Tea Cake with you.

Here is the recipe…

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Citrus TeaCake

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Course: Baking, Cake, Dessert, Sweets
Author: Maria Jose Martin


  • 250 gms Plain Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 250 gms Butter
  • 250 gms Powdered sugar
  • 4 Egg yolk
  • 1/2 tsp Orange rind
  • 1/4 tsp Lemon rind
  • 1/4 cup Milk
  • 4 Egg whites
  • 1 tsp Vanilla essence
  • 1 tbsp Sugar


  • Preheat oven at 200 degree for 10 minutes before baking. Prepare a round shaped cake tin for baking.Beat the egg whites separately till it forms a soft peak. Add vanilla essence and sugar to this and keep it aside. Sieve all purpose flour and baking powder. Beat well the butter and powdered sugar. Add egg yolks one by one to this and mix well. Add the lemon and orange rinds. Add flour and milk alternatively to this and beat well. Add egg white mixture to this and fold in. Pour the batter to the prepared cake tin and bake at 200 degree for first 10 minutes and 180 degree for another 25 – 30 minutes.
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19 thoughts on “Citrus TeaCake”

  1. hi Maria, thanx for this excellent recipe..can u let me know the recipe of plum cake which we get in the bakeries of kerala?

  2. Hi Maria,
    I just wanted to make a tea cake and tried your citrus tea cake.It was awesome..All your recipes look good.Great going!!

  3. hi mari….
    Maria please can u tell me 250g is how many cups of maida?? and also 250 g powdered sugar=how many cups? It would be very grateful if u could add the measurements such as grams in cups anywhere in ur site…..coz i get confused whenever its mentioned in grams :(……really hope u can help me in this

  4. Hello Maria
    I am a very new visitor to your site. In fact I came across it quite by accident this morning while googling a recipe for INDRI APPAM . Your version seems simple enough and I, never having attempted making it before, need one that’s fuss-free. Thanks.
    Would you have an easy, fail safe recipe for classic cheese cake,and one that preferably does not need baking ?( Tall order, eh ?!)
    New Delhi

  5. Thanks Sindhu :)

    Regarding the cakes not being cooked well, it can happen due to various reasons:

    It can happen, if the pan size is not correct. if you are using a smaller pan size, it will take longer time for the cake to bake completely.

    The temp of the oven. The temp can vary for different oven. From what you’ve written, I understand that the top of your cake gets cooked fast, so try baking at a low temp for a longer time. Alternatively, try covering the cake loosely with aluminium foil if the top tends to over brown.

    Also do not open the oven for the first 25 minutes of baking, otherwise it will affect the rising of the cake.

    Also try baking with another brand of flour.

    These are some general tips & I hope it helps. Please do try the recipes again and let me know whether it comes out well.

    I use the self raising flour produced by Bahrain Mills Company. Are you from Bahrain?

    Happy baking :)

  6. hi maria,

    his is my first message to your site but i tried many of ur recipes. Actually i have fallen in love with your blog.
    i tried 3 of ur cakes but all of them were wet inside and didn’t rise well.Can you help advise where you think I went wrong .Which brand self raising flour do u use.

    • Hi Maria,

      Great Job and awesome recipes.

      Can you suggest any cakes/desserts we can prepare in a microwave oven(non- convection)?

      • Hi Dhanya

        Thanks for your sweet words.

        Though I’ve tried making some cakes in the MW during past, I want very happy with the outcome.

        Anyways, I will try my luck again n see :) If anything comes out well, I will try to post it here.

        Take care

      • Hey Dhanya,

        i can post here one very wonderful cake recipe that can be made in microwave…..its 6 minutes chocolate-Walnut cake.. i always go for it whenever there is  an emergency or whenever i want to surprise somebody….


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