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Lavender Honey Cake with a Scent of Lemon & Honey Cream Cheese Icing

Lavender Honey Cake

HealthyFry, Layer cakes | 22nd March 2017 | By

Mother’s Day is fast approaching and I can’t help but think of cake. I feel something light and spring like is needed. I know, how about a lavender honey cake scented with lemon and smothered in honey cream cheese icing? Sorted.

I’ve been seeing a lot of honey cakes over the web recently and it’s given me a yen for making one. There’s something so delicious in the word honey cake; it conjures up many good things and I wanted a piece of the action. I was keen for my cake to be light and spring like as befits a March Mothering Sunday. It needed something floral: lavender I thought. Most years, I collect a few lavender buds from my garden for culinary purposes – you just never know when you might need some. I checked the cupboard, and yes, I still had plenty in the jar.

Lavender Honey Cake

To echo the floral notes of lavender I decided to open a treasured jar of Cornish heather honey. The best honey in Cornwall comes from the Lizard where Cornish heather flourishes and the bees fly low. It’s really quite distinctive and you don’t need a lot for the flavour to permeate a cake. As I look out of my window at a brightly hued rainbow, which has emerged after the latest downpour, I feel the promise of balmy summer days spent strolling around Britain’s most southerly Peninsula.

Double Rainbow

Back to my lavender honey cake. All I needed was some zesty lemon to lift it and a light but delicious icing to fill and top it. The result was everything I was hoping for, apart from a little charring around the edges. ahem! The sponge was light and not too sweet. It had subtle tones of lavender, notes of honey and a scent of lemon. The lemon & honey cream cheese icing was so delicious it nearly didn’t make it to the cake at all. Again, it wasn’t overly sweet and it complemented the cake beautifully.

Lavender Honey Cake

If you’re wondering what cake to make for your mother on Sunday or even if you should bake one at all, I urge you to give this one a go. And if you have a jar of lavender honey lying around, so much the better.

Lavender Honey Cake
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Lavender Honey Cake with a Scent of Lemon & Honey Cream Cheese Icing
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
1 hrs 5 mins
 
A beautifully textured cake with lavender tones, honey notes and a scent of lemon. A fresh spring or summer sponge that can be decorated with whatever edible flowers are in season. An ideal Mother's Day cake.
Course: Afternoon Tea
Serves: 6
Calories: 360 kcal
Author: Choclette @ Tin and Thyme
Ingredients
Lavender Honey Cake
  • 100 g golden granulated or caster sugar
  • 1 scant tsp lavender buds
  • 100 g unsalted butter
  • 1 tbsp strong floral honey
  • Ā½ lemon
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 150 g spelt flour half white, half wholemeal
  • 1 round tsp baking powder
  • 1 heaped tbsp natural yoghurt
  • 2 tbsp water
Honey Cream Cheese Icing
  • 125 ml double cream
  • 75 g cream cheese
  • 1 tsp strong floral honey
  • 40 g icing sugar
  • Ā½ lemon
Instructions
Lavender Honey Cake
  1. Blitz the sugar and lavender together in a power blender or coffee grinder. Or grind in a pestle and mortar.
  2. Cream the sugar, honey and butter together until light and creamy.
  3. Grate in the lemon zest and cream a bit more.
  4. Beat in the eggs one by one.
  5. Sieve in half the flour with the baking powder and stir. Add the yoghurt and water and stir until just combined. Sieve in the remaining flour and stir in along with a squeeze of lemon juice until just combined.
  6. Spoon the mixture into a 15 cm / 6" greased and lined deep round tin.
  7. Bake in a pre-warmed oven at 180ā„ƒ for about 35 minutes or until an inserted skewer comes out more or less clean. I used my Optimum HealthyFry.
  8. Cool in the tin for 10 minutes then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
Honey Cream Cheese Icing
  1. Whip the cream in a bowl until just holding its shape.
  2. Grate the lemon zest and add to the bowl.
  3. Add the cream cheese, honey, icing sugar and a squeeze of lemon. Whip again until everything is well mixed and holds its shape.
  4. Cut the cooled cake in half and spread half of the mixture over one half. Cover with the other half and spread the remaining mixture over the top.
  5. Decorate with seasonal edible flowers or sugar flowers.
Recipe Notes

Makes one small 15cm cake which serves 6 people. Lavender needs to be used with caution. It can taste soapy and overpowering if too much is used.

Cook Blog ShareI’m linking my lavender honey cake up to Cook Blog Share at Easy Peasy Foodie this week.

 

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Comments

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      Choclette
      22nd March 2017

      Thanks Andrea. It’s a lush cake and if only my mum had got a look in, I think she would very much have liked it šŸ˜‰

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    Chris @thinlyspread
    22nd March 2017

    Oh great minds think alike! I have a mother’s day cake topped with primroses which is popping up on TS on Sunday, they are so pretty aren’t they?! Lavender and honey are a marriage made in heaven, this sounds divine!

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      Choclette
      22nd March 2017

      Primroses come out at just the right time in order to grace Mother’s Day I reckon. Look forward to seeing your cake.

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      Choclette
      22nd March 2017

      Thanks Sus. If only my mother had been lucky enough to get any šŸ˜‰

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    Corina
    22nd March 2017

    What a beautiful cake! It sounds just perfect for mothers day but what I really like the sound of is that gorgeous icing on the top!

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      Choclette
      23rd March 2017

      Thanks Jenny. Yes exactly, that’s why I thought it would be a good cake for Mother’s Day šŸ™‚

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    Erica Price
    23rd March 2017

    I do like the sound of cooking with lavender and it seems the perfect flavouring for Mother’s Day.

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      Choclette
      28th March 2017

      Thanks Erica. It can be tricky getting it right with lavender. Too much and everything tastes soapy! Luckily I think I got it right šŸ™‚

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      Choclette
      28th March 2017

      Mother’s Day is the perfect opportunity to welcome in the spring šŸ™‚

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      Choclette
      28th March 2017

      Aw thanks Johanna. Of course you can make layer cakes, you’re far more adept at cake decoration than me.

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      Choclette
      28th March 2017

      Thanks Kirsty. Less is more with lavender I reckon, but get it right and it works wonderfully in baking.

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    Kate - gluten free alchemist
    25th March 2017

    Beautiful cake and perfect for Mothers Day. Lavender and Honey sounds an amazing combination and sure confirmation that warmer weather is on its way xx

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      Choclette
      28th March 2017

      Thanks Kate. This is the first time I’ve tried lavender and honey together (I think) and it turns out it’s a lovely mix. Yay, spring is most definitely here. These last few days I’ve even been complaining that I’m too hot – shhh!

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    Eb Gargano
    25th March 2017

    Yes please! This is so my kind of cake. I love honey cakes and all things flavoured with lavender! Such pretty decoration too šŸ™‚ Thanks for mentioning my cake and thanks for linking up with #CookBlogShare šŸ™‚ Eb x

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      Choclette
      28th March 2017

      Thanks Eb. Fresh flowers are such an easy but effective way to decorate a cake – as long as there are flowers to be had of course šŸ™‚

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      Choclette
      28th March 2017

      Thanks Sarah. Honey gives such a good flavour to baking, I really should use it more often.

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