Aoife cooks

Lavender, Orange & Honey Cake

Preparation time:
30 minutes
Cooking time:
20 min
10 serves

This cakes combines the sweet notes of the honey, the fresh zesty touch of the oranges and finally, the special aroma of lavender. It is perfect to share with the loved ones for any occasion.

  • Ingredients

      For the Sponge:
    • 440g Unsalted Butter, softened
    • 200g Caster Sugar
    • 150ml Honey
    • 8 Eggs
    • 440g Self-Raising Flour, sifted
    • 2tsp Baking Powder
    • 2tsp Dried Lavender, finely chopped
    • Zest of 2 Oranges
      For the Frosting:
    • 300g Unsalted Butter, softened
    • 600g Icing Sugar
    • 2tsp Vanilla Extract
      To decorate:
    • Lavender Sprigs (Optional)
    • Dried Orange Slices (Optional)
  • Method

      For the Sponge:
    • Preheat the oven to 190C or 170C if using a fan oven. Grease and line the base of four 20cm sandwich tins with a disc of parchment paper.
    • Beat the soft butter and sugar together until pale and creamy. Slowly add the honey, and continue to beat until well combined. Add the eggs one by one, ensuring each egg is fully incorporated before adding the next.
    • Add the flour, baking powder, lavender and orange zest, and mix until just combined.
    • Divide the sponge mix into the four prepared tins, and bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, until lightly golden and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
    • Leave the sponges to cool for a few minutes in the tins before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
    • For the Frosting:
    • Beat the softened butter in a bowl until pale and soft. Slowly add the icing sugar, and continue to mix until smooth and creamy, for about 2-3 minutes.
    • Add the vanilla. Set the frosting aside until ready to assemble.
    • Presentation and Assembly:
    • Trim the tops of the sponges so that they are all even. Place the first sponge on a cake stand or turntable and pipe or spread some of the frosting on top. Continue with the remaining sponges.
    • Use the frosting to ice the top and sides of the cake, and finish with lavender and orange slices to serve.

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