Gooey Butter Cake

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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 12 oz / 354 ml

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  • “I am falling more and more in love with this tea. It’s such a wonderful lemon black, and the floral note just puts it over the top. I’m going to be hard pressed to find a lemon flavored tea I love...” Read full tasting note
  • “So, I know I just posted about this tea but I decided to see if this tea could be re-steeped. I got more water and steeped it for four minutes. I put two and a half teaspoons of sugar in my mug....” Read full tasting note
  • “I think I’m going to let this one sit and meld a bit longer, as I am not getting much out of it beyond a touch of lemon zest. I added agave, but it didn’t really change anything. It just tastes...” Read full tasting note
  • “Trying another tea from ch3rryprincess! Thank you! This has been on my “to try” list for a while, and it has been all I can do to keep myself from ordering it. Brewed up, the aroma is quite...” Read full tasting note

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Thanks to Azzrian for the idea for this blend. I actually think my wife is a little upset she didn’t think of it first. She makes an awesome gooey butter cake.

My wife is fond of telling people that she has no idea how I manage to make such amazing teas since my cooking skills are more or less limited to ramen noodles and microwave popcorn. Likewise, I have no idea what sort of magic she employs in creating a gooey butter cake. Yes, I could look at one of several recipes for gooey butter cake, but I prefer to believe it is magic, because a gooey butter cake (for those of you who have never had one), is one of those beautiful things that shouldn’t be discussed in such muggle terms as a recipe. It’s way better to have someone make one for you and assume they possess magical gifts.

So, this evening, I am here with a big tumbler full of iced gooey butter cake tea, and it is definitely, buttery, sweet, cakey, and just all around gooey-butter-cakey. It kind of reminds me of the Pancake Breakfast, it has the same depth of character, but of course it’s not pancakes, it’s gooey butter cake. Honestly, if I hadn’t just spent so long looking at images of gooey butter cake and writing about gooey butter cake, this might very well satisfy my craving for gooey butter cake, but the truth is, I’m seriously hoping my wife reads this and decides to make me a gooey butter cake. [I love you baby.]

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I only have a few minutes before I have to go to work, but I wanted to share that I had this tea for breakfast!

It tastes nothing like any butter cake that I have had, but oh is it tasty! It is a super creamy light lemon blend. I enjoyed it very much with my bread and jelly while I pondered over ordering the Christmas 12 days of tea… Hmmm….

The dry leaf smells citrusy. Once brewed the dark blend becomes deliciously lemony. The flavor is creamy, and in fact reminds me quite a bit of lemon cream pie! I had it slightly sweetened and it definitely made my day start with a tasty smile!

Enjoy your Thursday everyone! :)

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635 tasting notes

52teas always seems to create something magical that pulls me in even when I’m hemorrhaging money into an over budget wedding. Gooey butter cake?? Who can resist that?! Obviously, not me. ;) Budget smudget.

The dry leaf aroma is butter and…something fruity? That’s unexpected. Reading the label, it must be the lemon myrtle. What’s lemon myrtle doing in my butter cake? Ironically, I had some butter cake earlier today. It was definitely not fruit-flavored, although it was paired with cinnamon apples and vanilla ice cream (which by the way is a to-die-for combination!).

The brewed tea aroma is most definitely lemon! Lots of lemon with black tea, and a hint of butter. Reminds me of that lemon, marshmallow, green, kitten-in-the-sky tea from a while back (if you couldn’t tell from that horribly inept description, I’m referring to Sun and Cloud Mist Tea). Kind of tastes like a black tea version of that too.

I’m not sure why lemon was added to this blend. It’s not a normal ingredient in any butter cake I’ve had. And it overwhelms the butter flavor almost completely! Hmm, well that’s a bit of a disappointment. It’s not a bad tea. But it’s not the gooey, buttery, cakey tea that I wanted.

It’s also a little bitter. I’m going to add some skim milk and Truvia and see what happens. Wow, much better! I also altered my expectations whilst exiting the kitchen. If I sip this thinking I’m about to have a nice black tea with lemon, it surpasses expectations! It’s really very yummy. But if I think I’m about to indulge in a liquefied butter cake, I’m left disappointed.

Goes to show that expectations really can alter our perceptions. I think I’ll stick with thinking of this as a lemon black. Because in that respect, it’s very very good.

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I have this one on its way. Hope I don’t find the lemon overwhelming!


The lemon doesn’t overwhelm the cup. It was just an unexpected flavor. I’d say it’s actually balanced nicely.

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Before I saw this tea, I had never made a gooey butter cake before. I had stumbled across different recipes, but never actually made it. So after I saw this tea, I thought that it would be a good time to bake the cake so I would know what this tea was trying to be! I made the cake and my family loved it. I think I will try making it again when everyone is home for the holidays. It will be better if there are more people around to eat it so there is less for me!

I’m very surprised to see that this tea has lemon in it! The cake I made was pure butter and sugar, but no lemon. The dry leaf smells yummy — very much like a sugary lemon pastry. I’m talking about that buttery pound cake with that tangy, incredibly sweet icing. It makes me think that I’m in for a real treat!

This tea is actually very mild compared to its scent. The flavors seem very watered down. Yes, I taste lemon with a nice sugary note. The black base adds a hint of astringency to the end of the sip. Normally, this would bother me (I think astringent teas don’t do well with creamy flavors), but as there is tart lemon here, it’s fine. I’m afraid to go past 3 minutes with 52Teas black tea bases, so I think I’ll stick with my steep time even though I want more flavor. This tea is lemony & yummy.. but very mild and not at all like the gooey butter cake I made. I think renaming this tea something like “lemon loaf” would be appropriate!


I agree with the renaming!

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This tea was good, but it wasn’t what I was expecting. I didn’t know that gooey butter cake was commonly lemon flavored (should have done my research! I’ve only had the vanilla-y kind). I was expecting something more like a combination between pancake breakfast and butterbeer, but it tasted more like a creamy lemon to me, similar to the lemon solstice I recently had. I need to try it a couple more times.


I agree completely with your note! I had the same expectations.

Rebecca Lynn

Glad to know I’m not the only one! I had gooey butter cake at dinner, and it was so good…nom.

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160 tasting notes

Thank you QueenofTarts for this swap!! Though I am slower getting my swap out, I was so excited to get this in the mail last night. I tried it immediately, while my boyfriend Rick looked at the package and said “Is this a real thing? Gooey butter cake? Why haven’t I ever eaten this?!”. I’ve never had it either but I did love the tea.

While I didn’t relate it quite to cake, I definitely got kind of a fresh lemon shortcake flavor out of it. The first time I tried Frank’s teas I wasn’t sure because the flavor of the black tea is strong, but now that I’ve tried a few of his and my tastes have adapted, I LOVE LOVE LOVE that you can taste the quality of the actual tea and not just the flavors in this! This is a delicious tea, something that I would love to have in the afternoon with friends or on my own to just recenter my mind. I can’t wait for another cup!


Love this tea! I think it taste like lemon pound cake, and I’m almost never able to pick up on the cake-y flavor in tea.

Jackie O

nailed it!! definitely lemon pound cake. I guess tea isn’t supposed to taste like cake…maybe just be reminiscent of cake? haha

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So, at my school they serve these great buttery lemon poppy seed muffins.I know this is called Gooey Butter Cake, but to me this tastes more like one of those muffins, dipped thoroughly in black tea. There is a distinct flavor of creamy lemon and undertones of butter that are not present unless you allow this tea to cool. I agree with some of the other reviews, this is one of those teas that you NEED sugar in to taste the flavors. A little soy milk brought out the creaminess even more. Overall, I like this tea; it is a high quality black tea with a great, subtle flavor. Would I buy it again? Eh…52 teas has so many other great flavors, probably not. But neither will this languish in my tea cupboard without use or love, which I cannot say of some other teas.

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I have never had gooey butter cake but I find the thought of it absolutely delicious and the picture on the front of this one just looks so delightfully sinful and yummy.

This arrived a few weeks ago but I had a cold at the time and couldn’t taste diddley squat so I have had to put off the tasting session until this morning. I kept looking at it every day thinking “I will be admiring you soon” and soon never seemed soon enough.

Raw this has a lovely black and gold mixture in colour and it smells like creamy vanilla and sweet lemon (the lemon surprised me). I had a good look at gooey butter cake recipes online and none have mentioned having lemon in them but I am thinking that maybe this might be a personal twist on the classic recipe.

I noticed that other tasters mentioned adding milk and sugar but I am going to try my first cup ‘au natural’. Especially if this tastes as it smells then I will be in creamy lemon heaven.

Smell wise once brewed this has taken on a slightly earthier tone which is probably from the black tea but the vanilla and lemon still peak through quite strongly.

I may have over steeped this for a minute or so as the black tea is quite strong and has a slight bitterness to it. I do like my black tea’s strong but I think that with the lemon in this tea that strength is not necessary. The flavours do taste as it smells (creamy lemony and smooth) and the black is a dark and roasted kind of taste.

I honestly cannot taste cake or a dessert at all but it is very nice. It’s just more of a creamy lemon drink which may be creamier with added milk. I suppose I can try that now. Dashes off to put a drop of milk in. It now has milk and has cooled down slightly, well it does taste creamier and some of the bitterness from the black has gone so it’s much smoother and creamier (both of which are positive). Still creamy and lemony just a lot more so with the milk.

It’s a nice drink as I love lemon and if you were to argue it was cakey then it would be some sort of lemon cake (lemon squares, lemon pound cake etc) but I can’t taste any butter. I think the vanilla like flavour is meant to mimic the butter but I just taste more vanilla then butter and with the lemon being over the top of the two flavours it’s hard to define it.

I will have no problem finishing the rest of this pouch but I am slightly disappointed that it doesn’t taste as I imagined.

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From the LiberTEAS sampler I bought a while back

I should preface this with the admission that I’ve never tried Gooey Butter Cake, despite having visited St Louis a few times…so I happen to have no frame of reference for the flavour.

With that said, though, this is a delightfully lemony black tea that satiates both my desire for a little caffeine and a spot of sweetness. The lemon note lingers wonderfully at the end of each sip, followed by that slight astringency that rides alongside most black teas that are worth their mettle.

It’s not what I was expecting, but I’m oddly enchanted by this tasty little sample. I’d definitely enjoy getting my hands on it again, given half a chance. :)

Oh, and it holds up REALLY well to multiple steeps. I think I got a solid 3 cups out of it before the lemon flavour started to fade and I decided to give up on the leaves.

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Ok so I got this tea from ch3rryprinc3ss And I don’t taste what’s I feel I should … Maybe i over brewed it ill try again later :(

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