Honey Chamomile Hot Toddy Tea Cake #SundaySupper

Baby it’s cold outside, come in and cut off a big slice of this boozed up Honey Chamomile Hot Toddy Tea Cake and pour yourself a Hot Toddy to sip on while eating a piece of cake!

Honey Chamomile Hot Toddy Tea Cake #SundaySupper from The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen

We are officially kicking off my birthday week on the blog and yes, I said week because when you are born in the middle of December, in the middle of holiday craziness you get to celebrate for a week.

Now, shhhh, don’t tell my birthday isn’t actually until tomorrow but with #SundaySupper getting into the holiday “spirit” today, how could I not start?

This theme, just perhaps might be my favorite yet.  A reason to spike my dessert?

Yes. Please and thank you.

I mean boozy desserts accomplish three tasks, they satisfy your sweet tooth, they give you a little buzz, and it makes you feel better if you are under the weather!

Hot Toddy Tea Cake from The Girl In the Little Red Kitchen

Because honestly, there are two things I go for when I’m not feeling 100% – it’s either something sweet if I’m feeling the blues or a good hot toddy if I’m feeling sickly.

We all know that bourbon fixes everything, right?

Traditionally a hot toddy is hot water, lemon, honey or sugar and bourbon/whiskey.  Sometimes tea is added, I prefer it that way and I love the lightly floral flavor of chamomile tea with my honey and bourbon.  Cures anything that ails you.

So what’s better than taking a dense tea cake and pouring a hot toddy simple syrup all over it as it comes out of the oven?

Nothing. Rum cake, you’ve been replaced.

Honey Chamomile Hot Toddy Tea Cake
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  • 3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • zest from 1 lemon
  • 3/4 cup cane sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup loose chamomile leaves or 4 chamomile tea bags
  • 2 tablespoons bourbon or whiskey
  • Hot Toddy Simple Syrup & Glaze
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 3 tablespoons bourbon or whiskey
  • 1/2 cup confectioners sugar


  1. Heat your oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9X5 loaf pan.
  2. In a large bowl combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, lemon zest and sugar.
  3. In a small saucepan bring the milk to a simmer with the chamomile and let sit for 10 minutes to steep. Strain out the chamomile leaves.
  4. In a small bowl combine the melted butter, eggs, honey, milk and bourbon.
  5. Pour into the flour mixture and combine well.
  6. Pour the batter into your prepared loaf pans and bake for 40-45 minutes or until the top is golden brown and a toothpick insert in the center comes out clean.
  7. While the cake is baking, in a small saucepan bring the lemon juice, water and honey to a boil or until the honey has dissolved.
  8. Transfer to a small bowl with the bourbon.
  9. When the cake is finished baking but still hot, poke some small holes over the top and brush the simple syrup over the cake and down the sides to soak into the cake.
  10. There will be about 1 tablespoon of simple syrup remaining (perhaps slightly more) that the cake won't absorb.
  11. Use the remaining liquid to mix with the confectioners sugar for the glaze. If it seems thin, add more sugar.
  12. Once the cake is completely cool, remove from the pan and pour the glaze over the top.
  13. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container for 2-3 days.
  14. Optional: Serve with a hot toddy.
Recipe Type: Cake, Dessert

Honey Chamomile Hot Toddy Tea Cake | The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen


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29 thoughts on “Honey Chamomile Hot Toddy Tea Cake #SundaySupper

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  14. Ala

    Happy birthday (because I think your birthday has begun already, hooray)!! You do a birthday month if you’d like, dearie, because the holiday seasons mean celebrating anything and everything! I LOVE your flavor combos in this warm tea cake, too!

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  16. susan // the wimpy vegetarian

    This looks absolutely perfect. It’s snowing outside while I type this, and I totally want it. And a very happy birthday to you! I totally understand about the birthday week. My birthday is at Thanksgiving, which was fine for celebrating with my family. But celebrations with friends last a week or two 🙂 Enjoy your birthday week!!

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