The Tea Cake Roundup

The Tea Cake Roundup is a collection of mouth-watering family recipes and amusing anecdotes from some of the best cooks across America.  It is a one of kind journey through the past that will delight all of your senses as you read and savor every heart warming morsel.

The Tea Cake Roundup is a distinctive collection of culinary and family traditions that will warm the heart and satisfy the taste buds. This book is a labor of love that preserves the endangered legacy of the tea cake and the accompanying family traditions.

The Tea Cake Roundup began with my personal quest to replicate my Aunt Maggie’s tea cake recipe. The tasty treats were a fond link to my past in rural Minden, Louisiana.

As an adult living in Austin, I longed for Aunt Maggie’s unwritten tea cake recipe. An avid cook, I set out in earnest to recreate the treasured recipe.

I embarked on my own trial and error, and finally took my  quest to the world wide web. I set up a website, where I solicited recipes, poems and remembrances. The response was overwhelming and I received submissions from around the country fueling my determination to preserve the recipes and memories for generations to come.

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15 Responses  
  • Frankie Johnson-White writes:
    June 2nd, 20093:48 pmat

    Can’t wait to see the recipes!

  • denise valrie writes:
    June 3rd, 200911:38 pmat

    I just ordered the book. I am excited because I just found out that my anecdote is included. I remember submitting about three years ago even though the deadline had passed.

  • Dera Williams writes:
    June 4th, 20092:33 amat

    I am still trying to purchase the hardcopy of the book. I have tried PayPal twice and I emailed Mr. Mackey twice and get no answer. Please advise.

    Thank you

  • Debra writes:
    June 4th, 20098:06 pmat

    Cannot wait for the cookbook!

  • Debra writes:
    June 4th, 20098:11 pmat

    i would like to thank you for letting me be a part of the tea cake roundup cookbook project. I love tea cakes.

  • Carolyn Rogers writes:
    June 5th, 20091:58 amat

    I thought that I was the only person in the world who would die to get a home made tea cake. I still today at the tender age of 42 beg my 84 year old mother to bake me some tea cakes. She has so many ways to make them. I have seen her make them with syrup and honey, etc. I have yet to find someone who makes tea cakes like my mom. The people in the community used to offer to pay her to make them dozens of tea cakes, but she would do it for free. My mom also makes the world’s best banana pudding. That might be a good idea for your next cook book project, collecting the african-american version of the banana pudding recipe.

  • Madrew Brewer writes:
    June 5th, 200912:26 pmat

    i just registered online. But im really not sure if the verbage is true it says I will be able to download a 250 page document free. I waiting to please my husband since his mom can’t make them anymore.

    Thank You.
    Madrew Brewer

  • Patricia Britton writes:
    June 8th, 20099:39 amat

    I have been anticipating a book like this for years. I am excited about the publication. I am ordering mine today and one for other friends as a gift to them for certain occasions.

  • Elbert writes:
    June 8th, 20092:01 pmat

    @Frankie, I really hope you enjoy the recipes! Thanks for the support!

    @Denise, you should have received a confirmation of your order from the publishing website. If you have any problems, please let me know.

    @Dera, could not have made this happen without all the wonderful support! Your anecdote was a valuable contribution, I appreciate you!

    @Debra, I really hope you enjoy the recipes!

    @Madrew, you read it correctly! You will receive two emails -one that will ask you to confirm your request and the second will have the PDF of The Big Cookie Roundup. The Big Cookie Roundup is 235 pages of wonderful cookie recipes. Come back and let me know how your husband likes the cookies!

    @Patricia, it was wonderful to combine my love of cooking and family. So many traditions have been lost and cooking, family and stories are such an important part of our traditions. I really hope you enjoy the book and the recipes.

  • Wynetta J. writes:
    June 8th, 200911:13 pmat

    I’ve been waiting for a book like this to come around!!

  • Katheryn writes:
    June 19th, 20091:19 pmat

    Way to go Elbert! Just received notice of the publication yesterday in the mail, and ordered my book first thing this morning. I am thrilled with your project, happy and praying for your continued success, and excited about receiving my book of tea cake recipes! Blessings.

  • Shirley Ann Peoples-Turnbo writes:
    August 3rd, 20099:23 amat

    I love baking and Tea-Cakes is one that I try to made from my Grandmothers rememberence, but I do not come close. My mother who is 88 says, “Well, it’s sugar, butter, vanilla, eggs.etc.”..the basic sugar cookie indgeterients, so far. But, there is something missing. It could be lemon and vanilla mixed together??? I’, still trying to come up with something similar. You know, it could be when you’re young everything taste good…but that cannot be, because how can so many people never forget those “Tea-Cakes” of yesterdays. I can’t wait to purchase your cookbook. Thanks for keeping us Tea-cake lovers searching for an old family treat from long ago.

  • Deloris James writes:
    August 17th, 20096:47 pmat


    March 8th, 20113:33 amat

    Thanks for introducing Aunt Maggie’s teacakes to everyone. Teacakes are really the best! As a child, I remember going to the country to visit my Grandparents, Mamma Maggie and Papa Earl. Those were some of the best memories of my life as a child. We could not wait until the teacakes were ready, and when they were we would take them off the plates when the adults backs were turned as if they didn”t know what we were doing. There is nothing better than sitting on a country porch on a summer night churning ice cream, children playing and listening to stories. Thanks for reminding me of these great days and nights.

  • Jessie Becky writes:
    March 11th, 201112:01 pmat

    I wouldn’t be commenting if I didn’t like this blog.. you’re a great writer; I’m quite impressed to say the least. keep up the nice work

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