citrus berry tea cake

Introducing my favorite kind of loaf cake: a golden, plush, and buttery citrus berry tea cake! Filled with pockets of berries and scented with citrus, this is the cake that I carve off a sliver at a time, needing just one more taste after breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Citrus Berry Tea Cake

Topped with a bright citrus drizzle, this everyday cake is a canvas for your favorite blend of fresh berries and citrus. Bake it for your next weekend brunch (or for those afternoons that seem to require a slice of cake) and watch every last crumb blissfully disappear.

Citrus Berry Tea Cake

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Citrus Berry Tea Cake

Citrus Berry Tea Cake



  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 tsp lime zest
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste (or extract)
  • 1/4 cup plain fat-free Greek yogurt, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk, at room temperature
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries


  • 1/2 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp lemon zest
  • 1/2 tsp lime zest
  • 1 Tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp lemon juice


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and and line a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan with parchment paper, leaving a 2-inch overhang around the edges. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl; reserve 1 tablespoon mixture to toss with berries. Place sugar and citrus zest in a food processor and pulse for one minute.
  2. Beat butter and citrus-sugar in a large mixer bowl at medium speed until light and fluffy; beat in egg and vanilla. Combine yogurt and buttermilk in a small bowl. Reduce speed to low and add half of flour mixture, beating just to combine. Add yogurt mixture, then finish with remaining flour mixture. Toss berries with flour mixture; add to batter and fold in gently just until incorporated.
  3. Pour batter into prepared pan; smooth top with an offset spatula. Bake for 70 to 75 minutes, until edges are golden, cake springs back to the touch, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or with a few crumbs attached. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes before using the parchment overhang to carefully lift cake from pan; cool completely on wire rack.
  4. For the glaze, whisk together melted butter, powdered sugar, salt, lemon zest, lime zest, milk, and lemon juice in a small bowl. Drizzle glaze over cooled cake and let set before serving. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator.


Inspired by Diala’s Kitchen.


  • Calories: 200
  • Carbohydrates: 36

Keywords: Citrus, Berry, Tea Cake, Loaf Cake

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Citrus Berry Tea Cake

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  1. Laura, if this tea cake is as delicious as it looks, it will be over the top! i like your words, ” a canvas for the fresh fruits and berries.”


  2. Oh my goodness. This would be a very deadly cake to have laying around as I could see myself noshing on it every time I passed. And since my place is small. . .I would be passing it every couple of minutes. But somehow, I just can’t resist that juicy center. It’s so pretty.