honey cake and basil lemon frosting recipe

Woo,  so sorry about not getting this recipe posted on Saturday as promised.  My momma and poppa are here and there is so much catching up to do.  It is so good to have them here in my home with us.  We are enjoying all the stories, laughs, amazing food and hugs.  I myself have been encouraging my poppa to tell us as many of his jokes as possible.  The best part for me is when he laughs so hard at his own jokes that it gets hard to hear the punchline.  Oh that laugh of his, it does my heart good.

I have a little surprise later this week for all of you, my own momma and poppa will do a guest post here Thursday and Friday and will share two of their very good recipes.  You are lucky, trust me!

Onto the recipe.  This cake is so delicious.  Everyone who has it asks for the recipe and it is one of my favorites especially for first birthday cakes as you may have seen during Matthew’s birthday last week.  The cake is just sweet enough and goes perfectly with the sweet, lemony basil frosting.

Note:  This makes a small cake.  If you need to make two layers then you will need to double the recipe.


Honey Lavender Cake with Basil Lemon Frosting (adapted from Apples for Jam cookbook)

12 tbsp butter

1/2 c dark brown sugar

1/2 c honey

3 tbsp water

1 3/4 c all purpose flour

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tbsp lavender flowers

2 eggs, beaten

Grease a cake pan really well and flour it.  In a small saucepan, add the butter, brown sugar, honey and water.  Simmer gently until the butter and sugar are dissolved.  Stir it a few times to make sure it does not stick to the pan.  Set aside to cool.

Preheat the oven to 350 F.  Sift together the flour, baking powder and cinnamon.  Add the honey butter mixture, lavender flowers and eggs to the flour and beat until all the lumps are gone but do not overbeat.  Pour into the cake pan and bake for 35 to 40 minutes until done.


Lemon basil frosting

2 c confectioners sugar

7 tbsp softened butter

1/2 tbsp  lemon zest

1 tbsp of fresh basil, finely chopped, about 2 or 3 big leaves

4 tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice

Optional: If you would like a more whipped consistency to the frosting add 1 1/2 tbsp water.  Otherwise, the frosting is nice and thick.

In a bowl, blend all the ingredients until smooth, if too stiff add a teeny bit more water or lemon juice and if too thin add more confectioners sugar.



20 Responses to honey cake and basil lemon frosting recipe

  1. bani May 22, 2017 at 7:28 pm #


  2. Dora January 27, 2016 at 5:43 pm #

    O wow! I want to relish the taste of honey cake with basil.
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  3. Kim Brown February 10, 2014 at 1:07 am #

    I used this recipe minus the lavender in a local cupcake wars at our winter festival. I went to defend my title for the 2nd year…. we had to make 300 cupcakes; 100 chocolate based, 100 vanilla based and one with the secret ingredient basil….I stumbled upon your page and thought this was different and sounded so good…..I am so glad you shared this recipe because it is my pleasure to say it was a definite part of my taking best tasting cupcakes award once again! thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe, I told everyone about you! Oh and this will be my daughters next birthday cake upon her request <3 God bless you!

    • ali May 23, 2015 at 4:11 pm #


  4. Prachi October 29, 2013 at 11:33 am #

    Hi Tricia ,
    Nice and easy recipe. This honey and Basil lemon combination is absolutely new.
    Thanks for the share.

  5. 16 ideas for girls September 24, 2013 at 7:35 am #

    Wow nice cake.
    Check out all these birthday party ideas just for teens and tweens. Really fun! Looking for fun, cool, or unique things to do for your or your friend's b- day party?

  6. Vanessa R September 22, 2013 at 2:06 am #

    Made the cake with the frosting and it was amazing !

  7. Kara September 19, 2013 at 3:20 pm #

    This cake is divine. I just made a gluten free version for guests tonight. It definitely is one of those recipes that you can pull out when you want to impress. Thanks so much!

  8. Cíntia September 18, 2013 at 2:07 am #

    Ok…I´m going to translate the ingredients I don´t know and see if I find these in Brazil… ^^

    It really looks delicious!

  9. Christy September 17, 2013 at 2:44 pm #

    Can you skip the lavender flowers and just make a honey cake?

    We were at our Diocese's Eucharistic Congress this weekend and it turns out that Louisville, KY has a huge Catholic Community!!! I immediately thought of you. I hope that makes the move a teeny bit better.

    • farmishmomma September 17, 2013 at 3:32 pm #

      Christy, Oh yes, you can definitely leave it out. It really just adds another layer of flavor but have made it just as good without the lavender flowers. Oh, that is wonderful news about Louisville! If I can find the Catholic Homeschoolers, it would be even better!

  10. Anne September 16, 2013 at 11:21 pm #

    When do you add the lavender flowers?

    • farmishmomma September 17, 2013 at 2:38 am #

      sign…. it is fixed now. You add the lavender when you add the butter, honey mixture to the flour 🙂

  11. Rebecca September 16, 2013 at 10:09 pm #

    I was just about to comment and ask you to pretty please post the recipe! Thank you! 🙂 I love basil+anything sweet. My favorite juice drink is a handful of basil and chunks of watermelon run through the blender, delicious!

  12. becky September 16, 2013 at 6:18 pm #

    This sounds so yummy!

    There is no basil listed for the lemon basil frosting – how much do you add?

    • farmishmomma September 16, 2013 at 8:49 pm #

      Becky, Thank you! That is what happens when you post a recipe while nursing a baby! It is now fixed

      • Becky October 6, 2013 at 5:46 pm #

        My parents have had my girls overnight. They are bringing them back, so I"m making a lunch and this cake will be dessert! I can't wait. Thanks for a wonderful recipe


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