Glazed Irish Tea Cake features the addition of cream cheese giving it a moist, delectable texture. Prepared much like a quick bread, the cake is glazed with a sweet lemon syrup, which makes it irresistible, light and delicious.

Glazed Irish Tea Cake

Glazed Irish Tea Cake
 
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Recipe type: Baked Goods
Cuisine: Irish
Serves: 10 servings
Ingredients
CAKE
  • 3/4 Cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1 Cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 3/4 Cups cake flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Cup dried currants
  • 2/3 Cup buttermilk
GLAZE
  • 1/2 Cup confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
Instructions
  1. PREHEAT OVEN TO 325 degrees F, with rack in center of oven.
  2. Generously grease a 9-inch (7-cup capacity) loaf pan. Dust with flour; tap pan over sink to discard excess flour. Cut piece of parchment paper or waxed paper to fit bottom of pan. Set aside.
FOR CAKE
  1. Use mixer to cream butter, sugar and vanilla until fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating each until fluffy. Add cream cheese. Mix until well combined.
  2. Sift flour, baking powder and salt together. Put currants in small bowl. Add 1/4 cup of flour mixture to currants. Stir currants until well coated. Add remaining flour to batter, alternating with buttermilk. Mix until smooth.
  3. Use a wooden spoon to stir in currants and all of the flour. Stir until well combined. Transfer batter to prepared pan. Smooth surface with spatula.
  4. Bake until well-browned and toothpick inserted into center comes out clean, about 1 hour, 25 minutes.
  5. The cake will crack on top. Let cake rest in pan for 10 minutes. Use a flexible metal spatula to separate cake from sides of pan. Carefully remove the cake from the pan to a cooling rack. Spread glaze on the warm cake. Let the cake cool completely.
  6. This cake can be stored 3 days at room temperature in foil. It can also be frozen up to 3 months, wrapped airtight.
FOR GLAZE
  1. Combine sugar and lemon juice in small bowl. Stir until smooth.
Notes
Try this cake recipe as a special treat for your St. Patrick's Day celebration.

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