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.
It 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!Print
Adapted from this Bigelow tea cake recipe