Sweetheart Cinnamon Cake with Glaze

See this Valentine’s Day cake? I bet you think I used red food coloring to make that pretty pink colored glaze. Well, I didn’t.

Here’s the secret: I infused the glaze with cinnamon herbal tea bags! The result is a naturally pink glaze for a cake that I named after the teabags themselves: Sweetheart Cinnamon Cake.

Sweetheart Cinnamon Cake -- wait til you see the secret to this pretty pink glaze (and it's NOT red food coloring) #valentinesday

I’m really happy with how it turned out and it was really easy to do. I went one step further and even used the tea bags to give the same flavor to my cake mix.

Bigelow Sweetheart Cinnamon Herbal Tea

To add the tea flavor to the actual cake, I steeped the tea bags in the milk, which was added to the cake batter.

Sweetheart Cinnamon Cake

For the icing, the Sweetheart Cinnamon tea bags were steeped in hot water, which gave it a beautiful red color.

Steeping Bigelow Sweetheart Cinnamon Tea Bags for Glaze

The tea-infused water was whisked with powdered sugar, which I thought made a lovely Valentine color for the glaze.

Glaze made with Bigelow Sweetheart Cinnamon Tea

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 hots around the top of the cake (suggestion of 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.

Sweetheart Cinnamon Cake with Glaze

Here’s the recipe, which is ready for you to print or save to your ZipList:

Sweetheart Cinnamon Cake with Glaze


  • 1 cup milk
  • 6 Bigelow Sweetheart Cinnamon Tea Bags
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened (8 oz)
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • Sweetheart Cinnamon Tea Glaze
  • 1/2 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.
  6. To make Sweetheart Cinnamon Tea Glaze:
  7. In a small saucepan, bring 1/2 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.
  8. 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

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

A ‘cuppa tea anyone?

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 Valenzuela is a food blogger and writer at Home Cooking Memories. She lives in Las Vegas, NV where she enjoys cooking, baking, modern-day recipe keeping and making everyday memories with her family. She is known to have an extremely normal obsession with cupcake liners, ribbons and office supplies.


  1. This looks so yummy! I’ll have to look for those tea bags! Love cinnamon!

    • 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.

  2. Oh if I was not on my diet, I would be knocking on your door!

  3. This cake is so gorgeous! I’m sure that tea added some awesome flavor. What a good idea!

  4. Ooh it’s so cute and yummy looking! might be a fun treat to make for the hubby and lil one when they get home from work and school on v-day :)

  5. How pretty Brandie!

  6. I haven’t seen the sweetheart cinnamon tea, but I sure do want some and a piece of that lovely cake too!

  7. 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

  8. Brandie that looks amazing! You are super creative. I might have to try this out myself!

  9. This looks amazing! I picked you as my host favorite for Foodie Friends Friday!

  10. Oh my goodness, that cinnamon cake looks beautiful! Job well done!

  11. YUM – Looks amazing and so tasty! I love how you used tea, I’m currently obsessed with using tea in new ways!

  12. This is the most adorable and yummy sounding cake. How creative to use the tea bags to flavor the frosting. I want to try this! Thanks!

  13. This cinnamon sweetheart cake looks divine! I have a get together coming up and this looks super simple.

  14. That is such a pretty, yummy looking cake! You are so creative. I would have never thought to use tea bags for the coloring.

  15. 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!

  16. This cake is so pretty! thanks for linking up to Friday Food Frenzy!

  17. Holy cow this cake looks so delicious! Just saw your link over at Five Little Chef’s link party and thought I’d come over and check it out :)

    I’d love for you to link up a few recipes at my weekend link party! http://thebestblogrecipes.blogspot.com/

    Hope to see you there!

  18. I love this cake! It looks and sounds delicious!

  19. So pretty and sounds so tempting! I love the idea of using tea for flavoring!

  20. I think it’s absolutely brilliant that you used the cinnamon tea bags!! I love the natural pink color and flavor! Incredible! I would love it if you’d like this up to Saturday Share with Us!

    • 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!

  21. This is beautiful. I want to try this so badly. I made a cake with green tea and the tea added so much…this is on my must make list!

  22. Thank you so much for taking the time to share this with Saturday Share With Us. I hope you’ll come back tomorrow to share some more!

  23. Woot! You have been featured this week at Recipe Sharing Monday! The new link party is up and I’d love to see you back. Have a great week. :)


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