Celebrate the #TheMasters this year with a cake for a champion: The Arnold Palmer Cake. Featured in Garden & Gun magazine, this at-home recipe is sure to become the centerpiece of your Masters® spread as we reminisce on legendary victories of golf's greatest players. 

Arnold Palmer was a golf legend with multiple victories in Augusta at The Masters® Tournament. This four-time green jacket winner was a legend on and off the course; creating a blended drink that would grace the tables of southerners and golf fans alike for decades. A mix of lemonade and sweet tea, Palmer was rumored to order this at golf courses and country clubs, starting a trend when a lady overheard this order and told her server, “I’ll have that Arnold Palmer drink.” The rest was history. 

The classic drink, being half sweet tea and half lemonade served over ice, is now taking new form as a delicious sweet treat. Imagine three layers of sweet tea cake with a lemon cream separating each layer. Is your mouth watering yet? We have the recipe below to get you started on this multi-step masterpiece fit for a legend. 

Step One: Prepare a Lemon Cake 

Start by preparing a lemon tea cake with these ingredients. 

  • 8 tbsp. butter
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/3 cup grape seed oil
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. lemon extract
  • 1 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 9 bags Lipton black tea leaves
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt

Step two: Bake Away Y'all 

Bake the lemon tea cake to perfection to include in the final recipe. 

Preheat oven to 350° F. Cream the butter and granulated sugar. After 2 or 3 minutes on medium-high, scrape down the sides of the bowl and add the eggs and egg yolks one by one until they disappear into the butter and sugar. Scrape down the sides and turn the mixer on low speed. Add in the oil, buttermilk, lemon juice, and lemon extract. Mix on medium until everything is thoroughly stirred and fluffy, or approximately 5 minutes of stirring. Combine the flour, tea leaves, baking powder, and salt in a separate mixing bowl. With the mixer running on low, incorporate the dry ingredients into your main bowl. You don’t want to over-mix the cake; just mix until the dry ingredients disappear (45 seconds or so). Spread the cake batter on the pan lined with parchment paper and bake for 30 minutes. 

Step Three: Bake A Legend 

Assemble the Arnold Palmer cake with your pre-made lemon tea cake using these ingredients. 

  • 1 lemon tea cake
  • 1/4 cup bitter tea soak
  • 1 cup tea jelly
  • 1 3/4 cups lemon mascarpone
  • 2/3 cup almond-tea-crunch

Step Four: Scrumptious Noms

Once your tasty treat is finalized, enjoy the action by tuning into The Masters® Tournament on ESPN and CBS.