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Naked cakes have been popping up all over the place in the past year, and it turns out, I am pretty obsessed with them. In theory, you would think a naked cake would look sloppy or unkempt, because by definition, it is an unfinished cake. But, for some reason, naked cakes actually turn out looking pretty beautiful and elegant. This is especially true when they are paired with natural elements like colorful flowers or simple greenery.
So, we decided to try it out for ourselves. This is our Vanilla Vanilla Cake recipe filled with a delicious Honey Buttercream and decorated with a little Lavender and Rosemary. All we did to make the honey buttercream was add a little honey to the original vanilla buttercream recipe until it tasted the way we wanted it to. It was super easy and turned out really well!
What better way to welcome the first day of Spring?!
for the cake:
for the buttercream:
* Serves 10-14 people depending on how big you cut your cake slices.
*Makes 1 Cake
So excited to make this recipe! What size cake pans did you use?
Hi Ginny! I think you are going to LOVE this cake! I used three 8" pans. Let me know if you have any further questions!
Ooh, lavender in my sweets is one of my very favorite flavors! I'm eager to make myself a delightful lavender cake for my own birthday cake next week, and this one looks amazing! Coincidentally this week was the first time I also came across a strawberry rosemary cake, and have never used rosemary in cake before. I'd love to hear more about how that tastes, or how it adds to the flavor profile if you can share more about that unique addition! Also, I wanted to know if you have any suggestions for making a honey icing but without egg white. The icing sounds really good, and I usually make simple frostings with just powdered sugar, butter, vanilla and milk. But my little daughter is allergic to egg whites, and I really want to make a good lavender honey icing. Would love your suggestions! (I also may not be able to find lavender extract, but I have no problem finely grinding dry buds and adding them straight to a frosting, and/or steeping a tea, if that would work.) Thanks so much for you time, help, and consideration!
Hi Krystal! I am so glad you share my love for Lavender in sweet treats, and I think this is the PERFECT cake for your birthday. The honey x lavender combo is great, but the rosemary just adds a little something extra. I find it adds a whole new depth of flavor without being too overpowering (and it pairs very nicely with the lavender). As for the frosting, you can totally make a standard powdered sugar buttercream. I would just suggest using less powdered sugar than normal because you are sweetening it with honey. You don't want it to be overly sweet. I also think grinding the dry buds is a great idea! You will definetly get the flavor you want and it will be a nice visual touch! Please let me know if yo have any further questions, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
Finishing the cake now. I Baked it last night and didn’t have the patience to wait for one of them to cool, and put it on a rack but of course, I broke it. It smelled so good, that my mom and I ate it just like that, warm! It is to die for! I’m struggling with the frosting, I turned my back for one second and the temp went up to 290 degrees on the sugar. So most of it hardened. :( I still added it like that and the frosting changed color but I’m sure not as much. Question for you. Why does the frosting have to be beaten for so long? Is it to “cook” the egg whites? Thank you.
Hi Nico! Eating this cake warm, right out of the oven sounds DIVINE! I am so glad you liked it! But this is such a good question. I know waiting is one of my least favorite activities - but this frosting beats for so long in order to give the sugar and egg whites time too cool down. Otherwise, the butter will melt when you add it in. And then you have a mess on your hands! Let me know if you have any more questions.
Has anyone tried this recipe? How did it turn out? How difficult was it? Thanks for the advice! Considering making it for my mother-in-law's 70th birthday party!!!
Hi Deanne! I have had a lot of people make this recipe and they all tell me they loved it!
HI. Just checking, for the cake mixture, are the egg whites combined and not whipped?
Yes. No need to whip the egg whites before adding them into the cake. Just add them in as they are!
By far one of the most confusing cake recipes ever! Wasn't sure if I was literally just supposed to combine the egg whites with the vanilla or whisk it until it formed peaks, as a normal recipe would... then as I'm oddly combining the eggs and milk to the flour mixture, I realized I never added the sugar because it never directed so!! I begrudgingly added it at the very end, which is a complete fiasco in my book! It is baking in the oven now and am praying that it comes out decent as it's for a good friend's bridal shower and will be extremely upset if it doesn't come out correctly due to poor instructions! I reread these instructions over and over and am thinking of you meant to add the sugar as part of the dry ingredients? But sugar is never really called out as a dry ingredient in baking so I am really confused and anxious....
Hi. I'm so sorry you were confused. This is one of the first recipes I wrote so I guess I wasn't that great at explaining myself thoroughly. I will go back and fix it. Hopefully the cake still turns out!
the recipe called for three pans but you said divide between 2 pans. Is it two or three pans?
Sorry that is my mistake! I will fix it. But you can do it either way. Doing it in three pans will give you an extra layer of frosting in the middle!
How many does this serve? Thanks...
Great question. It serves about 10 - 14 (depending on how big you cut the pieces).
Hi, I am confused by step 5 for directions for the cake' "Scrape the sides of the bowl and begin to add the egg mixture in 2 separate batches, beat on medium speed until it is just combined". With the 2 separate batches, do I need to make another batch of of batter to add the other half of the egg mixture to?
If you're able to respond asap that would be great! (:
Sorry that was confusing! You don't need to make another batter. You just need to add the egg whites a little bit at a time. I divide my egg whites in half and then add one half at a time. Does that make sense?
I'm looking forward to making this cake! Question - If I make it the day before my wedding, will I need to place it in the refrigerator, or will leaving it out (house will be about 64 degrees) be okay?
Hi Heather! I am so excited you are making this for your wedding! If it were me, I would place it in the fridge overnight, and then take it out the morning of. Good luck! And congratulations!
Wow, what a cake! I've used both lavender and rosemary in desserts, but never together...I'm sure they're just fabulous in this cake :) Love the way you frosted it too, naked cakes are the bomb!
Thanks you for the nice words! The rosemary/lavender combination is really great- you should give it a try!
Lindsay, LOVE your website - I love breakfast + sprinkles, so you're a girl after my own heart. This cake looks delicious, so I'm going to make it a goal to make it for a dinner party my husband and I are having next week. Any suggestions about how to incorporate more of the lavender flavor? Is it crazy to add a drop of lavender oil to the icing? What about lemon??
Hannah - Thank you so much for your kind words! I think adding some lavender oil in with the honey buttercream is the perfect way to add some lavender flavor! But make sure you use lavender oil or extract and NOT lavender essential oil. And make sure to use just a drop at a time until it tastes the way you want it to - it can be very strong and overpowering! Good luck, and have fun at your party!
It looks amazing! But why did you not post the recipe? Or do we have to buy a cake mix and a can of buttercream frosting?
The recipe is just my Vanilla Vanilla Cake with the buttercream flavored with a little bit of honey and then decorated with rosemary and lavender. You can find the recipe here -
where is the recipe? Is it just the vanilla cake recipe then decorated differently??Jody McKeever
Where is the recipe?