Sweetheart Cinnamon Cake with Glaze

Looking for a dye-free Valentine’s Day cake? This Sweetheart Cinnamon Cake with Glaze has a pretty pink color because it’s made with all natural cinnamon herbal tea bags.

Sweetheart Cinnamon Cake -- wait til you see the secret to this pretty pink glaze (and it's NOT red food coloring) #valentinesdayIt is possible to make a pink Valentine’s Day dessert without any red food coloring and this delicious cake is proof!

There is NO artificial food coloring use in this cake, but you will need my secret ingredient: Bigelow Sweetheart Cinnamon Tea.

Bigelow Sweetheart Cinnamon Herbal Tea

The Sweetheart Cinnamon tea bags are steeped in hot water, making a very concentrated herbal tea. As you can see, it makes a beautiful red color.

Steeping Bigelow Sweetheart Cinnamon Tea Bags for Glaze

The concentrated tea-infused water is whisked with powdered sugar, making a lovely, all-natural pink color for the glaze. I love how it turned out!

Glaze made with Bigelow Sweetheart Cinnamon Tea

You’ll also use the Sweetheart Cinnamon tea bags to give the same flavor to the cake mix. To do this, you’ll steep the tea bags in milk, which is added to the cake batter.

Sweetheart Cinnamon Cake

I used quite a bit of glaze on my cake, but you can definitely use less, if you prefer. After glazing, I added little cinnamon red hot hearts around the top of the cake (suggestion of my Courtney).  To get them to stick, I dabbed a bit of the glaze on the cake with a toothpick, then I set the red hot down on top of the dap of glaze.

NOTE: The cinnamon red hot hearts I used are NOT dye-free, so if you need to avoid artificial colors, I would recommend you leave those off.

Sweetheart Cinnamon Cake with Glaze

Our Sweetheart Cinnamon Cake was gone within 2 days, but I still have plenty of Sweetheart Cinnamon tea bags leftover. A ‘cuppa tea anyone?

Here’s the complete recipe — enjoy!

Sweetheart Cinnamon Cake with Glaze
  • 1 cup milk
  • 6 Bigelow Sweetheart Cinnamon Tea Bags
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened (8 oz)
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 4 eggs
Sweetheart Cinnamon Tea Glaze
  • ½ cup boiling water
  • 6 Bigelow Sweetheart Cinnamon Tea Bags
  • 1 pound powdered sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350º degrees F. Butter and flour Bundt cake pan.
  2. In a small saucepan, heat milk just to boiling and then immediately turn off heat. Add 6 tea bags to the milk and allow to steep for 6 minutes. Remove and strain tea bags and set aside to cool.
  3. In a medium sized bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until fluffy with an electric mixer (or use stand mixer). Beat in eggs, one at a time. With spoon, mix in dry ingredients and cooled tea/milk mixture into the butter/sugar mixture, just until combined. Spoon batter into prepared Bundt cake pan.
  5. Bake 40-50 minutes, or golden brown and when a knife inserted in cake, it comes out clean. Allow to cool for 10 minutes. Flip out onto large cooling rack. Allow to cool completely. Let cool in the pan. Glaze with Bigelow Sweetheart Cinnamon Glaze.
To make Sweetheart Cinnamon Tea Glaze:
  1. In a small saucepan, bring ½ cup of water to a boil. Place 6 tea bags in a small bowl. Pour boiling water over tea bags and allow to steep for 6 minutes. Remove and strain tea bags.Place powdered sugar in a large bowl and gradually pour in tea mixture into the powdered sugar, while continually whisking. Whisk until smooth and desired consistency.
  2. NOTE: You may not need all of the tea for your icing. If you happen to thin out your glaze too much, you can always repair it by whisking in more powdered sugar.

Adapted from this Bigelow tea cake recipe

Sweetheart Cinnamon Cake with Glaze

Disclosure: I have worked on a Bigelow tea campaign, however, this post was not compensated, required, or even asked of me.

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    • brandie says

      Thank you, Becca! Definitely look for them…I really like them. And it’s caffeine-free so I like that I have enjoy it before bed.

  1. says

    It’s a gorgeous cake!!
    And I loooooooove your idea of using the tea.
    We don’t have the same brand here but I can use a different brand
    Thanks so much for sharing

  2. says

    Brandie this is AWESOME! I hate hate hate food coloring and am always looking for ways to use something else instead. Sometimes it works, sometimes it’s just – not right :) But this is perfect timing for Valentine’s day!

    • says

      Thanks Tanya! It’s really great for people who like to avoid artificial food coloring. Thank you for sharing your Saturday Share with Us link party…I linked up!

  3. Carol Smith says

    What a beautiful looking cake. And what a great idea with the tea. Thank you for sharing it. Can’t wait to try it.


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