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.