Sweet Tea Lemonade Cake

Sweet Tea Lemonade Cake with Creamy Lemonade Frosting

The Arnold Palmer is a classic for a reason, and this Sweet Tea Lemonade Cake with Creamy Lemonade Frosting will be, too.

Sweet Tea Lemonade Cake
Makes 1 (13x9-inch) cake
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1¼ cups granulated sugar
  • ½ cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • ¾ cup Lemony Sweet Tea Concentrate
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • ⅓ cup whole buttermilk, room temperature
  • ¼ cup water, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • Creamy Lemonade Frosting (recipe follows)
  • Garnish: lemon slices, lemon zest
  1. Preheat oven to 325°. Spray a 13x9-inch baking pan with baking spray with flour. Line with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together melted butter and sugars until combined. Whisk in Lemony Sweet Tea Concentrate, eggs, buttermilk, ¼ cup water, and vanilla until well combined.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda. Stir flour mixture into butter mixture until just combined. Spread batter into prepared pan.
  4. Bake until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes. Let cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Remove from pan and place on a serving platter.
  5. Top with Creamy Lemonade Frosting. Garnish with lemon slices and zest, if desired. Serve immediately.

Creamy Lemonade Frosting
Makes about 5 cups
  • 1½ cups unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 6 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat butter at medium-low speed until smooth and creamy, stopping to scrape sides of bowl. Beat in zest and salt.
  2. With mixer on low speed, beat in confectioners’ sugar, 1 cup at a time, until well combined, stopping to scrape sides of bowl. Increase speed to medium; beat in juice and milk until thick and smooth. Use immediately.




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