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How To Make Lavender Cake with Honey

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.

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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.

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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's NOT FUN.

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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.

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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!

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Honey Lavender Cake With Nektar Honey Crystals

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Honey Cake

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup Nektar Honey Crystals
  • 1 1/4 cups cake flour
  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup buttermilk

Lavender Buttercream

  • 6 egg whites
  • 1 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 1/4 sticks of unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon lavender extract
  • Purple food coloring


for the cake:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and prepare three 8" pans with parchment.
  2. In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, combine butter, sugar and oil on a low speed until just combined. About 1 minute.
  3. Add eggs and vanilla on medium/low speed. Mix until combined.
  4. Add flours, salt, baking powder and Nektar Honey Crystals. Mix on a low speed until just combined. Do not over mix.
  5. Slowly stream in buttermilk. Mix until combined.
  6. Divide batter evenly between three pans. Bake for 25-30 minutes.
  7. Set pans on a cooling rack to cool.

for the buttercream:

  1. Combine egg whites and sugar in the heatproof bowl and place over a pan of simmering water.
  2. Whisk constantly with a whisk until sugar has dissolved and the mixture is warm to the touch.
  3. Put mixture in a stand mixer fitted with whisk attachment. Whisk on high speed until stiff speaks form. The mixture should be fluffy and glossy, and completely cool. (About 10 minutes)
  4. Put the mixer on low-medium speed, and add butter a little at a time. Once all the butter has been added, add vanilla extract, lavender extract and a drop of purple food coloring. Increase the speed of the mixer to high. Let mix for 3-5 minutes.

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Lindsay Nathanson - Baker and Author

I might be the only person in the history of the world that has ever been grounded from baking. That's right. When I was a teen, it wasn't the computer, or the phone or the tv that got taken away. For me, it was the unsalted butter.

Comments (8)

Joani D Merchain

Is it powdered sugar for the buttercream or regular sugar?

Lindsay Nathanson

Hi Joani! It's regular granulated sugar.

Sara Eberlein

What would you add to make a denser cake?

Lindsay Nathanson

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.

Madie Medlock

Can this cake be baked in a bundt pan?

Lindsay Nathanson

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?

Lindsay Nathanson

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?

Lindsay Nathanson

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? :)

Lindsay Nathanson

Yes you can!

Lindsay Nathanson

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. :)

Lindsay Nathanson

This cake is perfect for a purple wedding! Have fun making the cake!


Would this cake work with some strawberries between the layers?

Lindsay Nathanson

I think that would be fantastic!