Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Gingerbread Spice Tea Cake and a Giveaway!

I recently received an email with this subject line, "do you cook with tea?"  I had to admit, I had never cooked with tea.  I had honestly never considered it, but I"ll try anything twice.  
I was sent some holiday teas from Celestial Seasonings and a few different recipes.  I decided to try the Gingerbread Spice Tea Cake. The recipe recommends baking the cake in an 8x8x2 square pan, but I decided to use these mini bundt pans that BFF Nikki gave me for Christmas.
The batter made a little more than enough for these 4 little guys. This was a super easy, one bowl recipe.  I'd like to use this recipe and try some different flavor enhancements.   This would be a great dessert to serve to friends. I topped them all with a powdered sugar glaze and a pinch of nutmeg.
Gingerbread Spice Tea Cake
makes one 8x8x2 square cake, or 4 mini bundt cakes
1/2 cup water
2 Celestial Seasonings Gingerbread Spice Tea Bags
3 eggs
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/4 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
Preheat oven to 350. Grease and flour your pans.  Bring the water to a boil, add tea bags, and allow to steep for 3-5 minutes.  MIx the remaining ingredients in a large bowl.  Add the tea carefully squeezing excess liquid from the tea bags. Mix well and pour into pan.
*If you decide to bake in mini bundt pans, fill a little over halfway.  Place pans on a baking sheet in case you have any overflow.*
Bake for 25 minutes.  
Powdered Sugar Glaze
1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
3 Tbsp milk
Mix together. Drizzle over cakes! Add a little sprinkle of nutmeg to each cake.

These little cakes turned out great! Super easy recipe and a nice dessert.
Now how about you guys? Have you ever cooked with tea?  Or do you just love drinking tea?  I would love to send you some of these Celestial Seasonings Holiday Teas.  Yes, I realize the holiday season is very much over.  I got a little behind on my holiday baking this year! Am I the only one who thinks the holidays went by way too quickly??  I think this is still a perfect winter dessert and these teas will keep you warm on these cold nights.  2 lucky readers will each receive four boxes of tea!  To enter, just leave me a comment telling me your favorite cold night drink.  Contest ends Friday, January 27th at 6pm PST.  You'll love these fun flavors!

Celestial Seasonings provided me with these tea samples to share with you all.

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