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Southern Sweet Tea Pound Cake

A delicious, buttery pound cake made in the traditional southern way and flavored with sweet tea

Course Dessert
Cuisine American, Soul Food
Keyword how to make a pound cake from scratch, soul food dessert for holidays, southern dessert recipes, southern style pound cake
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 12 slices
Calories 328 kcal



  • 1 pound butter softened to room temperature
  • 1 ¾ cups sugar
  • 6 eggs at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup unsweetened black tea brewed double strength
  • 4 cups flour sifted
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt dash


  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened black tea


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a bundt pan and set aside.

  2. Cream butter in a stand mixer or food processor until smooth and a slightly lighter shade of yellow (about two minutes). Add sugar and continue to cream for three minutes. Then add eggs, one at a time, followed by sweet tea and vanilla extract.

  3. Meanwhile, add flour and sea salt to a large bowl and stir to combine. Add dry mixture to batter in two batches and mix until just combined. Give the batter a few stirs by hand to make sure no dry pockets remain.

  4. Transfer batter into prepared pan and bake on middle oven rack for about 1 hour and 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into multiple parts of the cake comes out clean.

  5. Remove cake from oven and let it sit in pan for about 10 minutes then carefully invert it onto a plate to finish cooling to room temperature.

  6. While cake cools, mix up brown sugar and remaining black tea until brown sugar is dissolved. Use toothpick to poke multiple holes into top of cake then spoon glaze over top.

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Nutrition Facts
Southern Sweet Tea Pound Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 328 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 86mg29%
Sodium 170mg7%
Potassium 134mg4%
Carbohydrates 65g22%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 33g37%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 181IU4%
Calcium 64mg6%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.