Hot Toddy Cake with Noveltea

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.

*Contains gifted items

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.

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Hot Toddy Cake with Noveltea

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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.


Units Scale

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
  • 24tbsp cold water


  1. Heat the oven to 170°C and liberally grease a 2.5ltr bundt pan, I like to use Wilton Cake Release.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.


  1. December 18, 2019 / 2:50 pm

    This cake looks stunning – perfect timing and will be definitely making this over the winter holidays. Thanks for sharing 😉 I have not heard of Noveltea but will look that up.

  2. December 18, 2019 / 7:25 pm

    Oh yeah, sign me up! Tea, alcohol and cake – it doesn’t get much better than that. This cake looks super delicious and warming for the cold winter months.

  3. December 18, 2019 / 10:28 pm

    Gorgeous photos! I love cake with a kick. I must try this. Ordering some of the Noveltea for gifts too!

  4. December 19, 2019 / 11:03 am

    I’ve never tried hot toddy but I know so many people that have . A cake version does sound rather tempting to try /)

  5. December 19, 2019 / 10:21 pm

    This looks absolutely gorgeous, your photos are stunning. I think this is something that my mum would enjoy.

  6. Lesli Schwartz
    December 20, 2019 / 2:17 pm

    I can just imagine how good this hot toddy cake is! So very comforting! This is simply beautiful!

  7. December 20, 2019 / 6:22 pm

    The perfect combo of delicious things! It looks so yummy, and perfect for this time of year.

  8. December 20, 2019 / 8:56 pm

    Gorgeous photos that emphasize how delicious the cake looks. I love a tasty cake like this to provide winter warmth at this time of year.

  9. December 21, 2019 / 1:37 pm

    Yes please! I love tea in the evening and siked tea sounds even better, with this delicious cake to go with it sounds like the perfect way to end a day!

  10. December 21, 2019 / 5:32 pm

    Okay, first of all I LOVE a Hot Toddy! What great inspiration for a cake, and your cake is stunning!

  11. December 21, 2019 / 6:27 pm

    Such a great idea to make this drink into a cake! I love all of the warm flavors, it is just perfect for winter!

  12. December 21, 2019 / 9:26 pm

    This hot toddy cake is so pretty and perfect for the holiday season! Love it!

  13. December 22, 2019 / 10:39 am

    Yum. I love these indulgent cakes that smell like cinnamon and Christmas holidays. Especially with a kick of alcohol. Great recipe, need to follow.

  14. December 23, 2019 / 8:02 pm

    Your hot toddy cake looks amazing! Such a great flavor profile for the holidays. YUM!

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