Orange Rosemary Honey Cake

You know that connection you make when you meet someone new and things just seem to click? Isn’t it just amazing?I am not just talking about a romantic connection, although you may experience that as well. It’s the general ‘Hey, we are at the same level’ type of feeling and we are going to have a great time!

If you are lucky enough to have this type of experience it can last a moment, an evening or even a lifetime. It can last  despite growing older and all the life changes that come with it. Things like, spouses, kids and even moving away can not hinder a true immediate bond.

Even if the connection does end up being a fleeting one, it adds to the overall makings of a whole life experience.

Back when my Hubby and I were dating he was witness to such an event and I will never forget his reaction. One evening we were grocery shopping and hunting along an aisle for something when a woman with her cart came along the aisle and I shuffled in to allow room to pass. She stopped her cart and paused. After acknowledging her presence and saying a polite ‘Hi” she proceeded to discuss her recent trip to Europe. The conversation included places we have both happen to visit and our experiences there. It also included her sharing her pictures which she promptly produced from her purse. This was something that totally threw him off guard. I thought is was totally normal as it happens to me all the time.

To this day he is still amazed how random people will start to talk to me and share the most personal things.

Having an openness to the situation in the first place is the only way this comes about. People with a similar mindset seem to be magnets to one another, even before they have a chance to uncover what they have in common. Those random interactions have developed into a meaningful menagerie of close friends that I hold dear to my heart. The guest list to our gatherings is an unusual mix of backgrounds, ages, life experience and personalities, but they all seem to go together. The crowd is usually self managing and they all mix together.

Recently my friend came down for a visit and has delved into raising bees. Much to my delight she brought me some fresh honey and comb. The visit was short, but it seemed like we just got together last week for cocktails. Maybe it’s because nothing is off the table when it comes to our conversations. There are no edits, no restrictions and always consuming enough wine that would be deemed inappropriate for most social occasions.

That visit was just before the arrival of my co-worker and his new fiancee, who were traveling as part of their honeymoon. A dinner feast and fan fare were planned along with a cake to celebrate the recent nuptials. Despite the fall coolness creeping in we had a lovely evening in the courtyard with the towering cake as a sweet end to the night. The orange and rosemary played nicely within the light layers. The sweetness of the honey buttercream icing softened the herbal bouquet of cake and the comb claimed it’s place on the top.

A cake to celebrate connection and union in so many ways. Each flavour coming to the party to mingle and immediately it just clicks.


Orange Rosemary Honey Cake

Prep Time: 50 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Yield: 10-12 servings

Orange Rosemary Honey Cake

Fresh orange, savoury rosemary and sweet honey combine to make a unforgettable dessert.


    Orange Rosemary Cake
  • 3/4 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 5 eggs, room temperature
  • 2 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup whole milk, room temperature
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 1 orange, zested & juiced
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp fresh rosemary,chopped
  • Honey Buttercream Icing
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 2-3 cups icing sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup sour cream


    Orange Rosemary Cake
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare 7 6inch round cake pans by oiling and placing parchment on the bottom. If you don't have 7 pans, you can use a couple of deep 6 inch pan and cut the layers (increase your baking time).
  2. In a stand mixer beat the butter and sugar together until combined. Add the eggs one at a time, ensuring that the egg is fully incorporated before adding the next one.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, sift the flour, baking powder and salt. In a large measuring cup combine the milk, vanilla and orange juice.
  4. Add the 1/3 of the flour mixture to the butter and sugar mixture and combine. Add in 1/2 of the milk mixture and combine. Repeat until all the flour and milk mixture are incorporated, scraping down the sides of the stand mixture bowl to ensure all ingredients are mixed in. Add the orange zest and rosemary and stir.
  5. Pour and divide the cake batter between the pans. Bake for approximately 20 minutes until the cakes cooked or when a toothpick inserted in the centre of the cake comes out clean.
  6. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly before removing from the pan to let cool completely.
  7. Honey Buttercream Icing
  8. In a stand mixture beat the butter until it is light in colour and fluffy.
  9. Add in the icing sugar one cup at a time until combined. Add in the honey and sour cream to the mixture and combine.
  10. Spread the icing on the first layer of the cake and add the second cake layer on top. Repeat until all the layers have been constructed. Spread the icing on the outside of the cake and scrape off excess icing to leave the layers of cake somewhat exposed. Garnish with honey comb, swirls of honey, rosemary and orange zest curls.
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