London Tea Cakes Recipe

London Tea Cakes

When Aunt Marian was at Fort Oglethorpe did she miss her family and the familiar foods from home? Maybe she pulled out her handwritten cookbook–the one I now have– and dreamed of favorite foods from home, like her sister Naomi’s London Tea Cakes.

London Tea Cake Recipe


Here’s how I made the recipe:

London Tea Cakes

  • Servings: approximately 16 tea cakes
  • Difficulty: medium
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1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup sugar
3 egg yolks
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup water
jam or marmalade

3 egg whites
1/3 cup walnut, finely chopped
1/2 cup sugar (more if you like)

Preheat oven to 350° F. Combine butter and sugar; add egg yolks one at a time and beat well. Add flour, baking soda, vanilla, and water; then stir until mixed and a dough forms. Roll dough 1/4 inch thick on a greased cookie sheet, and spread with jam.

In a separate bowl, beat egg whites until stiff, then gradually add sugar while continuing to beat. Gently fold in the walnuts and spread evenly over the dough and jam.

Bake about 20 minutes. When cool cut into 2-inch (or 1-inch) squares.

The London Tea Cakes were light and delicate. The jam–I used cherry jam—and meringue with walnuts added a lovely, flavorful dimension to the tea cakes.

29 thoughts on “London Tea Cakes Recipe”

    1. hmm. . . maybe I should make it “difficult.” I guess that I’ve separated yolks and whites enough times so that I don’t have any problems, but I’ve probably developed a knack for doing it.


  1. I’m sure Aunt Marian got hungry for food that she was raised on! The south does cook things that are different from the north. I had Grandparents from Philly, Pa , while Grandma was a good cook she made some dishes that in the south were never heard of. The south? Any body want a fried dill pickle or boiled peanuts. 🙂


        1. I agree with you.I’m glad you came back with a better description. I can remember when I wrote that comment that “comfort food” didn’t seem like it had exactly the right meaning, but I couldn’t come up with anything better.

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