Thursday, February 28, 2013

Lemon Honey Cake

Truckin' Man's birthday was yesterday. I always like to do my best and make the day special for him. Gift selection was unusually challenging this year, but I finally figured out the perfect gift. It would take to long to have it shipped, so I would have to go shopping. But, the weather did not cooperate with my last minute shopping, and when you live in the sticks, you are often at the mercy of the weather. . . . . Well, at least during the winter. I ended up finding some other gifts in my local town, he was happy, and that is what matters.

His birthday cake is very important to me.  A cake means so much to him, so I want it to always be special. Rather than a traditional birthday cake, I wanted to make a lemon cake this year. Lemon cake is his all time favorite, problem was I had never made a lemon cake from scratch. Did I resort to a box? Just make something else? After searching through my favorite baking blogs, I found "THE" recipe. The one that caught my attention, the one that I felt he would love, was from Janet at From Cupcakes to Caviar with the winning recipe of Lemon Honey Cupcakes.  I didn't have time to test cupcakes versus cakes, so I checked with Janet on her thoughts.  With her help, I made what I believe is hands down, the best cake I have ever ever baked. Truckin' Man agree's, he absolutely loves this cake. From the sounds of it, I didn't send nearly enough with him in the truck today. Ooops!

Lemon Honey Cake (Adapted From: From Cupcakes to Caviar)

2 3/4 c. all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp baking powder 
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 c. light sour cream
1/4 c. milk
1 1/2 tsp. lemon extract
3 Tbsp grated lemon zest
1/3 c. lemon juice
3/4 c. unsalted butter, softened
3/4 c. honey
1/4 c. sugar
3 large eggs

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 9x13 cake pan with parchment paper. Grease the parchment paper and sides of pan.

In mixing bowl, combine dry ingredients. Set aside.  In a small bowl, whisk sour cream, milk, lemon extract, lemon zest and juice until combined.  Set aside.  In large mixing bowl, beat butter, honey and sugar with an electric mixer for 2 minutes, until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, until blended. 

With mixer on low speed, add in half the flour mixture,mixing until combined.  Add the sour cream mixture, mixing again until combined. Beat in remaining flour mixture, until just combined.

Pour into prepared cake pan.  Bake 20 to 25 minutes,  until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool. Place a wire cooling rack on top of the pan. Flip the cake and pan over and let the cake slide out onto the rack. Remove the pan, peel off the parchment paper and allow the cake to finish cooling.

Lemon-Honey Frosting 
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/4 c. honey
1/2 tsp. lemon extract
1 1/2 Tbsp grated lemon zest
4 c. sifted powdered sugar
7 to 8 tsp lemon juice
Few drops yellow food color

In large mixing bowl, combine butter, honey, lemon extract and lemon zest with electric mixer until creamed, about 2 minutes. On low speed, add in powdered sugar until blended. Gradually add in lemon juice.  Add  few drops food color, mixing until mixture is fluffy and pale yellow. 

Enjoy :)

Happy Birthday Truckin' Man!!!  
(Please excuse the pink birthday candles) 

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  1. Happy birthday to your truckin' man! It's so funny because I had this pulled up and my husband came up behind me and said "Yes, make that." Haha. I think I'll have to try this out soon! Looks so yummy!

  2. I love lemon flavor in baked goods. Nice recipe!

  3. I really like the combination of lemon and honey, and this is a wonderful cake!!
    Happy Birthday :)

  4. I love anything lemon! This looks wonderful!

  5. I love lemon and want this for my birthday!!!!!!!!

  6. This looks very good-it is on my list to try.

  7. I LOVE anything honey! and lemon cake is my fav so i just had to pin this.will make this. found you on the pin me party

  8. The lemon honey frosting for this cake sounds fantastic! This looks like a yummy dessert, thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday!

  9. This looks sooooooo tasty! Thanks for sharing your recipe here! (Visiting you via the Clever Chicks blog hop!)

  10. This looks like the perfect birthday cake! I love lemon, anything light and creamy is perfect in my book! Thanks for sharing this great recipe, I'm your new follower! Would love for you to come visit my blog too!

    above is the link where this cake is featured as MY HOST FAVORITE!! Thanks for sharing with us.

  12. I chose your recipe as my "host favorite"

  13. Sounds so good..........Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week; I hope you’ll join us again!

    Kathy Shea Mormino

    The Chicken Chick

  14. Oh Kris...I am definitely bookmarking this one! I love lemon cake and lemon cupcakes but I've yet to find a great recipe (so far, mine have been a bit dry!) This looks like a burst of sunshine and I can certainly use that right now! Happy belated to the truckin man! (And I, personally, LOVE the pink candles!)

  15. Lemon is my favorite and the cake looks so pretty and delicious!
    Thanks so much for sharing over at Finding the Pretty & Delicious Linky Party - hope you'll visit again next Saturday! Leigh Anne

  16. Happy belated Birthday to your husband! I am glad he enjoyed his cake. I can see why, this recipe looks like it would make one tasty cake!

    Thank you for linking up to the In and Out of the Kitchen link party! I look forward to seeing what you bring to the party next week!

    Cynthia at

  17. Thanks for linking up to The Best Blog Recipe’s Weekend re-Treat #6!

    Wanted to stop by and pin your image to My Link Parties Craft/DIY & Recipe Boards while I was here.

    Hope you have a great rest of your week :)


  18. So glad this turned out well for you, Kris!

  19. Kris, lovely texture and colour. Thanks for joining in the cake extravaganza. Cheers