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Pumpkin-Ginger Tea Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Pumpkin-Ginger Tea Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting


PARTNER POST: Discover new ways to incorporate seasonal teas into your holiday cooking and desserts with Celestial Seasonings.
A rich, ginger molasses cake made with a brewed tea is the perfect cool weather treat topped with cream cheese frosting and served with a steaming mug of tea.

Pumpkin-Ginger Tea Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Celestial Seasonings Sweet Harvest Pumpkin tea was the inspiration for this recipe. This black tea is infused with a combination of spices, including cinnamon, ginger, chicory and cloves, as well as, natural pumpkin flavor. It’s absolutely delicious and the perfect beverage for these brisk fall days.

This tea is not only great for drinking, but it’s also amazing in desserts. I can think of a plethora of desserts to make using this tea…ice cream, creme brûlée, pumpkin-based treats; but I decided to go with a ginger-molasses cake.

Pumpkin-Ginger Tea Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

This rich, moist cake is flavored with a combination of fresh and dried ginger, as well as, a combination of spices to highlight the flavor of the tea. Molasses gives this cake a distinct flavor, which is balanced perfectly with Celestial’s Sweet Harvest Pumpkin Tea. Instead of adding hot water or coffee as is common with many cakes, I used an extra strong batch tea. The flavor just can’t be beat.

To top off this tea-infused cake I decided to go with cream cheese frosting, but not just any cream cheese frosting. It’s flavored with honey and lightened up with whipped cream. It’s fluffy, flavorful and not too sweet. I love topping the cake with chopped pecans for just the right amount of crunchy texture. Walnuts would be great too. The magic of tea is real, guys. You have to trust me and try this cake!

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Sabrina Russo
Prep Time 45 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Baking, Cake, Dessert
Servings 12 servings


For the cake

  • 2/3 C water
  • 4 Celestial Seasonings Sweet Harvest Pumpkin Black Tea bags
  • 1 ½ C all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp Kosher salt
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • ½ C unsulphured molasses
  • ½ C light brown sugar packed
  • ¼ C sour cream
  • 2 T finely grated fresh ginger*
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs at room temperature
  • ½ C vegetable oil

For the frosting

  • ¾ C cold heavy cream
  • 4 oz cream cheese softened at room temperature
  • 2 T unsalted butter softened at room temperature
  • ¼ C light honey
  • Dash of vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • ¾ C powdered sugar sifted
  • ¼ C toasted pecans finely chopped, for topping


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter a 9-inch round cake pan, line the bottom with parchment and butter again. Place water and tea bags in a small pot and allow to steep while preparing the remaining ingredients.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the dry ingredients (flour through cloves). Bring water and tea bags to a boil. Remove from heat.
  • While water is coming to a boil, whisk together molasses, sugar, sour cream, grated ginger and vanilla in another bowl. Whisk in eggs, one at a time, until incorporated. Slowly stream in oil, while whisking constantly.
  • Remove tea bags from boiling tea, squeezing out any liquid. Slowly pour hot tea into wet ingredients, while whisking constantly.
  • Whisk wet ingredients into dry ingredients in 2-3 additions. Incorporate fully, but do not overmix. Pour batter into prepared cake pan.
  • Bake on the center rack of the oven for 25-35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, and the cake is springy to the touch.
  • Allow to cool completely on a wire rack. When cooled, run a knife around the sides to loosen the cake, and invert onto a plate. Peel away parchment paper, and invert onto another plate, so the cake is top-side-up.
  • For the frosting, whip heavy cream on high-speed in a standing mixer, using the whisk attachment, for about 1-1 ½ minutes, or until soft peaks form. Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate until ready to use.
  • Add cream cheese and butter to the mixing bowl. Using the paddle attachment, whip together until smooth. Add honey, vanilla and salt, and blend until well-combined.
  • Add powdered sugar in 2-3 additions, and mix on low-speed until incorporated.
  • Remove bowl from the mixer. Gently fold whipped cream into the frosting base, in 3 additions, until combined. Transfer to the fridge until ready use.
  • To frost the cake, use an offset spatula and frost the top, leaving the sides bare, if desired. Sprinkle chopped pecans around the rim of the cake. Enjoy.


You will need about 4-5 inches of fresh ginger to yield 2 tablespoons of finely grated ginger.


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