Raspberry Tea Cakes

Raspberry Tea Cakes

5 from 2 reviews

These sweet little raspberry tea cakes look as exquisite as they taste! Each little cake is light and moist with bits of raspberries scattered throughout. They are covered in a blanket of glossy pink rose icing adding just a touch of delicate floral flavour. Not to mention, they are the perfect little treat to serve with a cup of tea or for a special occasion. You can make this recipe ahead of time too!


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  • 1/2 cup (113 g) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup milk, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup raspberries


  • 2 cups icing sugar, sifted
  • 44 1/2 Tablespoons milk, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon rose extract (substitution – almond extract)
  • red food colouring
  • handful of fresh raspberries, cut into quarters


  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F. Line an 8 x 8 baking pan with parchment paper and grease any exposed sides.
  2. In a mixing bowl cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla. Continue to beat until well incorporated.
  3. In a separate bowl, add sifted flour, baking powder and salt together, mix well.
  4. Turn the mixer on low. Alternate the flour mixture and the milk into your butter mixture in 2 additions (just until incorporated). Make sure to scrape down the bowl.
  5. Break up your raspberries into smaller pieces and add to your batter. Using a spatula fold the raspberries into the batter, be careful not to overmix your batter.
  6. Pour your batter into the prepared pan, evening out the top. Gently bang the pan on the counter to remove any air bubbles.
  7. Bake for approx. 25 – 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  8. Let the cake cool for 5 minutes. Carefully, remove the cake from the pan and turn the cake over onto a cooling rack so the bottom now becomes the top (this is to help flatten the top of the cake).
  9. Let the cake cool completely.
  10. Using a 1 – 1 1/2 inch circle cookie cutter, cut out 25 circles. Place the cakes onto a cooling rack.

Make your icing.

  1. Cut fresh raspberries in quarters and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl add icing sugar, 4 tablespoons of milk, rose extract and 1 drop of food colouring. Whisk together until smooth. Your icing should be thin enough to run but thick enough to hold a little shape. Add more milk if it’s too thick or more icing sugar if it’s too thin. Add a little at a time.
  3. Using a spoon, add a heaping amount of icing over the tops of each cake. Let the icing run down the sides (you can help the icing run down the sides by pushing the icing out over the edges).
  4. Let the icing rest a little before adding a small piece of raspberry on top. Make sure to add the raspberry cut side up. This is to avoid raspberry juice bleeding into the icing.
  5. Let the cakes rest 1-2 hours for the icing to set before serving.


Cakes will last 2 days before the tops start to sweat.

Freeze cakes in an airtight container for one month.

Don’t have a round 1 inch cookie cutter? Cut into 1 inch squares using a large knife, trimming off the edges of the 8 x 8 cake.


Keywords: Tea Cakes, Petit Fours, Rosewater, Cake, Dessert

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