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

Lavender Honey Cake

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.

Mother’s Day Cake

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

Cornish Heather Honey

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

Lavender Honey Cake

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.

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Lavender Honey Cake
Lavender Honey Cake with a Scent of Lemon & Honey Cream Cheese Icing
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
1 hr 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, Dessert
Cuisine: British
Keywords: cake, cream cheese, honey, lavender, lemon, spring
Servings: 6
Calories: 360 kcal
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
  • ½ 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
  • ½ 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 180℃ 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.

Nutrition Facts
Lavender Honey Cake with a Scent of Lemon & Honey Cream Cheese Icing
Amount Per Serving
Calories 360
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Linkies

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

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34 Comments

  1. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    22nd March 2017 at 11:22 am

    That looks so springy and beautiful! I love the simple yet chic deco of this layered cake. Well done, Choclette.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      22nd March 2017 at 1:27 pm

      Aw thanks Angie. I love it when my cake are called chic 🙂

      Reply
  2. Andrea @ The Petite Cook

    22nd March 2017 at 12:30 pm

    Lavander cake sounds subliminal Choclette! And it’s also super pretty, I bet it would make any mum happy 🙂

    Reply
    • Choclette

      22nd March 2017 at 2:51 pm

      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 😉

      Reply
  3. Chris @thinlyspread

    22nd March 2017 at 1:13 pm

    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!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      22nd March 2017 at 2:52 pm

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

      Reply
  4. Sus // roughmeasures.com

    22nd March 2017 at 3:18 pm

    This really does sounds like a wonderful cake perfect to celebrate Mother’s Day with!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      22nd March 2017 at 9:30 pm

      Thanks Sus. If only my mother had been lucky enough to get any 😉

      Reply
  5. Corina

    22nd March 2017 at 8:23 pm

    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!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      22nd March 2017 at 9:29 pm

      That gorgeous icing really is “the icing on the cake” 🙂

      Reply
  6. jenny walters

    23rd March 2017 at 6:41 am

    What a beautiful cake .It sounds delicious too. Quintessentially English x

    Reply
    • Choclette

      23rd March 2017 at 7:20 am

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

      Reply
  7. jacqui bellefontaine

    23rd March 2017 at 1:50 pm

    Oh this cake looks absolutely delicious and so pretty.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      28th March 2017 at 10:03 am

      Thanks very much Jacqui. Flowers are wonderful things 🙂

      Reply
  8. Erica Price

    23rd March 2017 at 2:57 pm

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

    Reply
    • Choclette

      28th March 2017 at 10:02 am

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

      Reply
  9. Leigh at Fashion Du Jour LDN

    23rd March 2017 at 3:38 pm

    This is perfect for Mother’s Day! Love the flower decoration – hello Spring!

    Thanks for sharing!
    Leigh at Fashion Du Jour LDN x

    Reply
    • Choclette

      28th March 2017 at 10:01 am

      Mother’s Day is the perfect opportunity to welcome in the spring 🙂

      Reply
  10. Johanna @ Green Gourmet Giraffe

    24th March 2017 at 2:20 am

    What beautiful photos – I would love a slice or even to be able to make impressive layer cakes like that.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      28th March 2017 at 10:01 am

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

      Reply
  11. Kirsty Hijacked By Twins

    24th March 2017 at 10:48 am

    Oh my, this cake sounds amazing. I love adding lavender to bakes. Thank you for sharing with #CookBlogShare x

    Reply
    • Choclette

      28th March 2017 at 10:00 am

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

      Reply
  12. Kate - gluten free alchemist

    25th March 2017 at 10:20 am

    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

    Reply
    • Choclette

      28th March 2017 at 9:58 am

      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!

      Reply
  13. Eb Gargano

    25th March 2017 at 4:08 pm

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

    Reply
    • Choclette

      28th March 2017 at 9:55 am

      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 🙂

      Reply
  14. Sarah James @ Tales From The Kitchen Shed

    26th March 2017 at 8:55 pm

    What a beautiful cake Choclette. I love honey in a cake and I bet it’s delicious with the lavender.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      28th March 2017 at 9:51 am

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

      Reply
  15. Cathy @ Planet Veggie

    28th April 2017 at 12:53 pm

    Just the name of this cake makes me think of spring days and sunny skies – so evocative!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      28th April 2017 at 9:09 pm

      Aw thanks Cathy. That was the general idea 😀

      Reply
  16. Kate | Veggie Desserts

    28th April 2017 at 6:46 pm

    How incredible that you made it in the HealthyFry! I love the flavours in this cake. So perfect for Mother’s Day and any other day 🙂

    Reply
    • Choclette

      28th April 2017 at 9:07 pm

      Thanks Kate. It’s not the most obvious thing to me making in an air fryer for sure, but it works brilliantly.

      Reply
  17. Janice

    11th June 2017 at 6:31 pm

    I just love using my HealthyFry for baking, it’s so convenient.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      11th June 2017 at 7:57 pm

      Me too, though I’ve been without one for a couple of months. Must get on to sorting it out.

      Reply

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