This hot toddy cake is the perfect bake for a crispy cold Winter’s day. It’s full of warming spices and a super special secret ingredient, a good slug of Oolong Tea with Whisky from Noveltea. Light the fire, boil the kettle and bask in the cosy Winter atmosphere.
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When the guys from Noveltea got in contact with me asking if I could come up with a recipe incorporating their alcoholic tea I had one answer: Hell Yes! It’s everything I love rolled into one, I love tea, I love a little drink and I love me some cake! Pair that with the fact that Noveltea was a concept born in Newcastle and it was a no brainer.
I was feeling a little under the weather this week when I came up with the idea for this hot toddy cake. A nip of whiskey always makes me feel better while in the throes of a miserable cold, even better if you pair that whisky with some warm honey, lemon and spices. Who can begrudge a girl a hot toddy while she’s feeling sorry for herself, stop being such a scrooge.
Wrapped in a blanket sipping on my warm cocktail, I deduced that these flavours would transfer perfectly into a cake. We all know that I just love baking with spices. The more cinnamon and ginger involved, the better. I did a little research, and armed with my bottle of Noveltea Oolong with Whisky, I set about baking up a storm.
This hot toddy cake is everything you want it to be, sweet and sticky, spicy and boozy. It oozes Winter warmth, I defy you not to feel like a cosy queen of hygge whilst enjoying this cake by the glistening glow of your Christmas lights. I’m paining a pretty picture here guys, the only thing that’s missing is you. Get your butts in the kitchen!
While I focused on the Oolong with Whisky from Noveltea for this cake, there are two more mouthwatering flavours to try.
My absolute favourite is the Earl Grey (another Newcastle hero) with Gin blend, flavoured with bergamot oil and black tea. This one is perfect for sipping on the lawn come spring. I can’t wait!
Lastly they have a Moroccan inspired Green Mint Tea with Rum. This one is for you mojito lovers out there. Get this one muddled up with a sprig of mint and you’ve got yourself the best darn cocktail west of Casablanca.
If you’d like to try these delicious alcoholic teas out for yourself you can get them here on the Noveltea website. They have some beautiful gift sets, perfect for that special cocktail lover in your life.Print
This hot toddy cake is the perfect bake for a crispy cold Winters day. It’s full of warming spices and a super special secret ingredient, a good slug of Oolong Tea with Whiskey from Noveltea.
For the Cake:
- 250g unsalted butter, room temperature
- 250g soft light brown sugar
- 5 medium free-range eggs
- 150g ground almonds
- 100g self-raising flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp grated nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves
For the Syrup:
- 100ml Noveltea Oolong tea with whisky
- 30ml clear honey
- Juice 1 lemon
For the Drizzle:
- 150g icing sugar
- 2–4tbsp cold water
- Heat the oven to 170°C and liberally grease a 2.5ltr bundt pan, I like to use Wilton Cake Release.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer whisk the butter and sugar until light and creamy, around 5 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, whisking well between each addition. Then, with the mixer on low, add the almonds, flour, baking powder and spices with a pinch of salt and mix until just combined.
- Pour into the prepared tin and bake for 40-50 minutes until risen, golden and a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. Leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then turn out and cool completely on a wire rack.
- While the cake is cooling, heat the syrup ingredients in a saucepan until simmering. Poke holes all over the cake and spoon over the syrup.
- For the icing, put the icing sugar in a bowl and slowly stir in enough water to form a smooth icing. Drizzle all over the cake, leave to set and serve!
The un-iced cake can be wrapped in cling film and frozen for up to a month.