Tennessee Tea Cake Donuts

tennessee tea cake donuts So, I was left alone at the house today while the boys went to the Tennessee Renaissance Festival…….please don’t tell those people they really aren’t living in Medieval times because they just might voluntarily choke on that enormous turkey leg they’re eating while jousting on a horse in a 50 pound chain link shirt in an attempt to impress their fair maidens in the funky blue velvet dress in 90 degree weather………so anyway, I went to check my email and here’s what transpired from there.  It may or may not have been “inner” monologue, but I wasn’t totally at home by myself because Fishy was here after all.  Oh, yeah, and our elusive pet dog that Hunter so (not so) subtly included in our family picture.

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“Oh, I have some new Pinterest followers”

This is our South……that’s an interesting name, I should check out their boards

“This is our {Louisiana}, This is our {Mississippi}, This is our {Tennessee}……hmmmm, wonder what that’s about”

“Tennessee’s Mary Starr’s Caramel Icing Recipe (3 ingredients)…….The Brass “Staples”….heh heh……wonder what some other Tennessee recipes are?”

“Tennessee……..Tennessee T-Cakes…..dang, those things are good……maybe I should make some. Wonder if there’s a recipe out there?”

“Eureka! Here’s one! Thanks, Spinach Tiger!!”

“Ooh, wonder where those cute gelatin molds are that were Nana’s…….that would make them look like cute little mini bundt cakes.”

A little time passes……..

“This butter, sugar and cream cheese mixture is the bomb-diggity!”

A little more time passes…….

“Well, they don’t exactly look like mini bundt cakes, but they sure look a whole lot like donuts, donuts, donuts……I shall call them Tennessee Tea Cake Donuts!”

And there you go…..the inner thoughts of a girl genius.  When left alone with nothing but your own thoughts and a kitchen, I guess “it’s time to make the donuts”.

Tennessee Tea Cakes

Tennessee Tea Cakes


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract or 1 teaspoon vanilla paste
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened at room temperature
  • ¼ teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 large egg


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Spray mini bundt pans or mini muffin pans and fill about 2/3 full.
  3. Whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder. Set aside.
  4. In a medium-sized saucepan, melt butter and brown sugar over med-low heat, whisking to combine.
  5. Lower heat to very low and add cream cheese, whisking until smooth. Remove from heat, add vinegar and vanilla. Allow to cool to room temperature.
  6. Thoroughly whisk in the egg. Whisk in the dry ingredients.
  7. Divide the mixture evenly among the prepared pans.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees F for 12-15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  9. Cool completely and sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving.

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  1. they sound yummy! always nice to have that time alone!

    • Thank you!! Sometimes random thoughts and musings transpire, but nice to have it! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. What a great gift idea. They look like cookie donuts yumy!

    • Thank you, Ana! I love cooking sweets, but my pant seams don’t, so I always try to share with friends and family! I love to package them up pretty to give away!

  3. Can you fry these? I have 2 mini Bundt pans I’d be making them for days to have enough to feed he family.

    • Hi Jody! I’m so sorry for the delay in my response. I have never fried donuts, so I can’t say for sure. I would say give it a try and let me know how it turns out!


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