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Tea Party With The Girls

I love a tea party – where a group of friends get together on a Saturday mid-afternoon for tea and goodies. You know, a collection of cakes and pastries everyone brings to the gathering. My mother, her sisters, and even sister’s in law hosted a tea-party in rotation. Each month we would get dressed up and haul our baked goods to someone’s house and have tea. You can imagine how happy I was as a child tasting every sweet cake or cookie while sipping on tea.

In case you host a similar gathering – or even just need to bring a cake to a bridal shower or the one for baby – here’s a cool recipe I recommend:


  • 1/2 cup salted butter, room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable (or canola) oil
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • pinch orange zest (just a little)
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups sliced strawberries
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds {more}

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