Dolley Madison’s Woodbury Tea Cakes

Today in American history…Dolley Madison was born on May 20, 1768 in New Garden, North Carolina (present day Greensboro, North Carolina).

She married James Madison on September 15, 1794.

She was First Lady from March 4, 1809 to March 4, 1817.

She was a very popular First Lady and hostess and was known for her social graces and hospitality which helped contribute to her husband’s popularity while he was President.

Known for her love of entertaining and afternoon tea, one of the items at her famous tea parties were her Woodbury Cinnamon Tea Cakes.

Woodbury Cinnamon Tea Cakes


1 large egg, separated

Pinch of salt

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup milk

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup of flour

2 TBSP melted butter

1 tsp baking powder

1 TBSP ground cinnamon


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease either a bundt pan or mini bundt pan (I used mini loaf pans). You can also use a square baking pan.

Butter and then flour the pan so the cake will easily come out of the forms after baking.

Beat the egg white with a pinch of salt until still soft peaks form. Gradually add the sugar and continue beating until stiff peaks form.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the milk, egg yolk, and vanilla; slowly fold it into the egg whites.

Fold in the flour, melted butter, baking powder, and cinnamon until just combined.

Pour mixture into prepared baking pan or mini pans.

Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Invert the cake onto a metal rack for cooling.

Immediately, while the cake is still warm from the oven, brush on the additional 2 tablespoons melted butter. Then sprinkle the cinnamon-sugar mixture over the cake.


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