One Bowl Honey Chamomile Tea Cake (with Lemon Buttercream Icing) Decorated with Fresh Chamomile Flowers

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Spring is right around the corner, full of fresh blooms and warm breezes.  If you're thinking about the perfect spring dessert to serve for Easter this year, try this honey chamomile cake with fresh lemon buttercream icing.  This delicious cake is infused with the delicate floral notes of chamomile tea and honey, which sounds complicated, but it's actually an incredibly easy, one bowl cake recipe.  You don't even need to use a mixer!

White cake decorated with a wreath of fresh chamomile flowers, against a white background with fresh lemons surrounding.

It just looks like springtime, doesn't it?  Sure, Chamomile is more of an early summer flower, and lemons are in season in the winter, but I'm talking about how this looks and feels, and it looks and feels like springtime in cake form.

One layer white cake on galvanized metal cake stand, decorated with chamomile flowers, surrounded by fresh lemons and chamomile flowers,

I think it's all that sunny yellow.  In any case, the flavor combination of chamomile, honey, and lemon is absolutely classic.

One layer white cake on galvanized metal cake stand, decorated with chamomile flowers, surrounded by fresh lemons and chamomile flowers,

I love using edible flowers in food!  Especially when they're so pretty and can be used for the decoration as well as the flavoring.

One layer white cake on galvanized metal cake stand, decorated with chamomile flowers, surrounded by fresh lemons and chamomile flowers,

The flowers stay fresh for hours and hours, too.  I made the cake in the morning, and they still looked beautiful in the evening. I don't know how much longer it would have lasted, because we ate it.  ;-)  But it's nice to know that you can decorate the cake in the morning and serve it, beautifully, at any time that same day at least.

One layer white cake on galvanized metal cake stand, decorated with chamomile flowers, surrounded by fresh lemons and chamomile flowers,

Recipe for From Scratch Honey Chamomile Tea Cake

One layer white cake on galvanized metal cake stand, decorated with chamomile flowers, surrounded by fresh lemons and chamomile flowers,

This fresh spring cake, flavored with honey and chamomile and iced in lemon buttercream, would make a gorgeous Easter dessert.

Ingredients for Chamomile Honey Cake on a wooden cutting board, on a white marble background

Ingredients for Honey Chamomile Cake Recipe:

  • 2 cups granulated honey
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 cups strong chamomile tea
  • 3/4 cup oil
  • 2 teaspoons vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Honey chamomile cake batter in a clear pyrex bowl with a metal whisk, on a white marble background

This cake is amazingly easy to make.  You just dump the ingredients in a bowl and mix it together.  No fancy techniques, just mix and bake. It's a variation on my favorite chocolate cake of all time, Crazy Cake.

Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 35 minutes for 6" pans like I used.  Adjust your time based on the size of the pans you use.  Cupcakes would be 18-20 minutes, for example, but a big 14" round cake would take over an hour to bake.

Bottle of simple syrup, empty squeeze bottle, and bottle of honey on a white marble backdrop

While the cakes are cooling, make a soak for the cake.  This is entirely optional, but it helps to keep the cake deliciously moist and adds extra honey flavor.  

My soak was made of approximately 2/3 parts simple syrup, and 1/3 part honey.  Mix together to create a honey-soak liquid.

I use a plastic, food-grade squeeze bottle to apply my soak to each layer.  You could also brush it on, but the squeeze bottle is much faster and easier.

Overhead shot of a white cake being decorated with fresh chamomile flowers

Ice the cake (I used my favorite real lemon buttercream icing recipe).  To decorate, simply pipe a thick band of icing around the edge of the cake, cut chamomile blossoms off their stems, and stick it into the icing.

Piped border around the bottom of a white cake on a galvanized metal cake stand.

I also made an icing border out of buttercream icing applied with a star tip and given a large yellow sugar pearl center.

One layer white cake on galvanized metal cake stand, decorated with chamomile flowers, surrounded by fresh lemons and chamomile flowers,

Wouldn't this be the perfect star of any tea party or Easter celebration?

Looking for the free, printable, one page version of this recipe?  Here you go:  Free, printable, one page Honey Chamomile Cake Recipe

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