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
  • 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

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 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!


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