There is truly no better combination than honey and lemon. This simple Honey Lemon Loaf Cake recipe is refreshing, decadent and full of flavor, due to our main ingredient – Wildflower Honey!
First published on February 25th, 2020. Updated on February 23rd, 2021.
Those of you who have been reading along can probably tell that I love using honey in my recipes. Honey adds such a special touch of flavor to most any dish, whether that be sweet or salty! I’ve used it in drinks, appetizers, and all kinds of baking, including my favorite tart recipe.
This incredible honey lemon loaf cake recipe is long overdue as it is one of my favorite breakfasts. It is wonderful for both breakfast or snack and makes the perfect hostess, housewarming, get well, or thank you gift! If you love breakfast loaves, breads, or muffins, you are sure to love this light and citrusy loaf cake.
What Type of Honey Should You Use?
For this recipe, I worked with Aunt Sue’s® Raw & Unfiltered Honey. Aunt Sue’s honey is pure, premium, U.S. Grade A honey that is tested for the highest quality in purity, clarity and flavor. Not only is their quality unmatched, but I was so impressed when I learned that Aunt Sue’s honey is produced in the USA by USA beekeepers and how integral a part they play in helping to pollinate our supply of fruits and vegetables.
What Are the Benefits of Raw and Unfiltered Honey?
Aunt Sue’s Raw & Unfiltered Honey is pure, strained honey. It is minimally processed which allows more of the natural pollen to remain in the honey.
The Difference Between Wildflower Honey and Clover Honey
This honey lemon loaf cake is made with wildflower honey and is one of my first recipes to include a more specific type of honey than the usual clover honey I picked up at the grocery store.
Clover Honey – What we think of as regular honey is the most common variety, clover honey. This honey is collected from bees whose nectar source is clover. Clover honey has a light, mild taste with zero bitterness.
Wildflower Honey – As you can probably guess, wildflower honey is collected from bees whose nectar source is wildflowers. It is typically darker in color than clover honey and has a stronger, bolder flavor.
When To Use Wildflower Honey Over Clover Honey
This ultimately comes down to personal preference in taste, but in general wildflower honey would be better suited for the following:
Recipes that call for honey as an ingredient – Since wildflower honey has a bolder taste than clover honey, it is the perfect choice when honey is listed as an ingredient in a recipe and you want a stronger honey taste.
Honey Lemon Loaf Cake Ingredients
This honey lemon loaf cake is made with pantry staples that I’m willing to bet you have on hand right now!
- Flour – All purpose flour is the foundation for this loaf cake.
- Baking Powder – To get volume and the perfect texture!
- Salt – Just a tad.
- Butter – Unsalted is just right for this recipe.
- Aunt Sue’s Raw & Unfiltered Wildflower Honey – The perfect ingredient to add a bold, sweet flavor to our loaf cake!
- Sugar – Granulated sugar for additional sweetness.
- Eggs – Our binding agent.
- Vanilla Extract – The perfect way to enhance all of our cake’s flavors.
- Milk – Milk helps to create a soft loaf with great moisture.
- Lemon Juice & Zest – Fresh is always best!
How To Make Honey Lemon Loaf Cake
- Prep – Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Grease 1 large cake pan or 2 one pound loaf pans and set aside.
- Combine dry ingredients – Flour, baking powder and salt.
- In a stand mixer – Beat butter, sugar and honey on medium speed. Add in eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Stir in vanilla extract. Reduce mixer speed to low and add half of the dry mixture. Mix until just combined. Add in milk, lemon juice and lemon zest. Mix until just combined. Add remaining dry mixture and mix until fully incorporated.
- Bake – Fill prepared pan(s) with batter. Bake 25-35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean from the middle of the cake. Cool 20 minutes in the pan before inverting onto a cooling rack.
Optional: Drizzle with honey when serving or sprinkle with powdered sugar.
Tips To Making The Best Loaf Cake
- Don’t over-mix your batter.
- Make it special – I love buying cake pans with designs like the honeycomb pan as pictured. It really makes it that much more special and great for gifting!
- Don’t over-bake your cake.
- Use baking spray that has flour.
- Let your cake cool on a wire rack – This keeps the bottom of the cake from too much moisture.
- Make loaves – You can divide this loaf cake recipe into 2 one pound loaf pans or cut the recipe in half for only one loaf pan. You may need to adjust your bake time, just be sure to check it with the toothpick test!
- Make muffins – This recipe would also make perfect muffins! Just be sure to fill each cup 2/3 of the way full and cut your bake time to 10-12 minutes.
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A special thank you to Aunt Sue’s Raw & Unfiltered Honey for making this post possible! As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you so much for supporting the brands that make Going For Grace possible!