I have been baking for a while now, but it wasn't until recently that I started experimenting with creating my own recipes. When I was younger, I always just followed the instructions that were given to me. But, in time, as I got more comfortable in the kitchen, I decided to start trying some things on my own.
Recipe testing isn't always pretty - and a lot of times things end up at the bottom of my trash can. But every once in a while, I hit the jackpot and come up with an AWESOME recipe. Today's Honey Lavender Cake is one of those items.
Honey has always been one of my favorite flavors. It always seems to bring out a certain richness in without making things overly sweet. However, I tend to avoid it in my own kitchen. It can be a little cumbersome to use, and even more annoying to clean up. It always gets everything sticky no matter how careful I am. And have you ever tried to clean up a honey spill? Let me tell you..it's NOT FUN.
So when I heard about Nektar Honey Crystals, I was intrigued. I thought this could be my chance to start creating delicious honey recipes without any of the hassle. But I wasn't sure it was going to be able to give that full rich flavor that natural honey provides. So I put it to the test - and it turns out, this stuff is a dream come true. It's 100% natural, tastes delicious, and totally took this Honey Cake to the next level! And did I mention, there is essentially no clean up? Basically, I am obsessed.
So if you are looking for a great Spring recipe, or just a new take on a classic flavor, this is your cake! All you need to do is get yourself some Nektar Honey Crystals. You can find them at your local WalMart, Amazon or you can use this Store Locator to see where else they are sold near you. Then get yourself to a kitchen asap! You won't be sorry!
for the cake:
for the buttercream:
Is it powdered sugar for the buttercream or regular sugar?
Hi Joani! It's regular granulated sugar.
What would you add to make a denser cake?
Hi Sara! You would usually a cake denser by adding more fat (without sacrificing structure). But this cake already has a good amount of fat in it (buttermilk, eggs, oil, etc.) But you may be able to get a denser cake by just using regular all-purpose flour and adding an extra egg yolk or two.
Can this cake be baked in a bundt pan?
Hi Madie! It can be done in a bundt cake - but it will not be as light and fluffy as it would be if you were to do it in layers. Also, the cake will need to bake considerably longer than if it were done in three cake pans.
Hi! Where did you find the lavender extract?
Hi Amari! I found the one I used on Amazon. But I have also found it at places like Sur La Table and Whole Foods or other Natural Markets.
Would we use 1/4 cup of honey if we don't have honey crystals?
Yes, using 1/4 of honey will work just fine!
My country doesn't sell nektar honey crystals, will it be the same if I use normal honey instead? :)
Yes you can!
Yes you can!
I'm going to try this for a wedding tasting cake that I have next week. Since her wedding color will be purple, this filling is a winner! Thank you sooo much for sharing. :)
This cake is perfect for a purple wedding! Have fun making the cake!
Would this cake work with some strawberries between the layers?
I think that would be fantastic!
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