Honey Lemon Cake with Honey Icing

While I was home my mom and I did a little shopping for new entry rugs/mats for our little beehive. After much research I'm convinced that L.L.Bean's Waterhog mats are going to be the answer for not tracking mud and dirt into our mudroom-less hive. We hit the Bean's outlet in search of a discounted mat or two. Our quest came up empty, but I did find a beehive cake pan, which of course was an immediate must-buy.

The back of the pan's wrapping listed detailed instructions for a honey citrus cake with honey icing and little royal icing bees. The whole thing is absolutely adorable, but most importantly, the cake was delicious. I will definitely be making this again, beehive shaped or not.
Honey Lemon Cake with Honey Icing

for the cake
1 c. unsalted butter
1 1/4 c. sugar
1/3 c. honey
4 large eggs
1/2 t. vanilla
2 T. lemon juice
zest of one lemon
2 3/4 c. flour
1 1/2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
3/4 c. milk

1. Sift together dry ingredients and set aside.
2. Cream butter and sugar until fluffy and mixture pulls from the sides, scraping often. Add honey and beat well.
3. Add eggs, one at a time beating well after each addition. Add vanilla.
4. Gradually add flour mixture, alternating with milk, mixing until blended. Add lemon juice and zest, stirring well to incorporate.
5. Pour into a bundt pan, bake at 300 degrees for 50-60 minutes, until a toothpick comes out mostly clean with a few crumbs.
6. Allow to cool in the pan for 15 minutes before turning onto a wire rack. Cool completely before icing.

for the icing
1 1/2 c. confectioner's sugar
2 T. honey
up to 3 T. milk

1. Combine sugar and honey in a mixing bowl, blending well and adding milk until the mixture is the consistency of thick molasses. You want a consistency that will run down the sides of the cake very slowly.
2. Frost cake by drizzling the icing evenly across the top, allowing the icing to drip down the sides of the cake.

serve with tea with honey

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  1. girltuesday10/20/2010

    that is RIDICULOUSLY cute! thanks for posting for the recipe.

  2. I think it was the perfect way to spend the last of our wedding gift cards. Once S tastes it he'll agree ;)

  3. LLBean waterhog mats are fantastic, we got a mongrammed one as a wedding gift and it was one of my most favorite presents!


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