Orange Honey Cake: A Citrus Treat for Spring

An Orange Honey Cake is a deliciously subtle springtime staple! Flavored with honey, orange, and spices, it’s a simple but delectable treat that perfectly complements a cup of tea or coffee. It’s moist, perfectly sweet, nicely spiced, and the best part: it’s so easy.

Honey and orange both scream Spring and adding a few flowers into the mix really livens things up as well — as undemanding as this recipe is, it’s so easy and fun to add things to it to make it feel like a celebration.

  • 1 cup raw organic honey
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1 ½ cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • confectioner’s sugar and flowers for garnish (optional – but pretty!)

  • Preheat oven to 350°. Grease an 8″ round cake pan.
  • Sift together flour, baking soda, and baking powder in a mixing bowl.
  • In an electric mixer or separate bowl, beat honey, eggs, butter, and orange juice until well incorporated.
  • Gradually add in the dry ingredients and blend until just incorporated, being careful not to over-mix.
  • Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 30 minutes, or until the cake is set and a toothpick comes out clean. Let cake cool in the pan for about 10 minutes until setting it free and leaving it on a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Garnish with confectioner’s sugar and a few fresh flowers if desired before serving, and enjoy!

This is a cake that gets even better after it sits awhile, so don’t worry about having to eat it all the same day! I find the cloves and ginger really complement the brightness of the orange flavor mixed with the warmth of the honey… if you’re a fan of no-fuss and relatively basic treats, give this a try! I hope you enjoy it.

Hopefully everybody had a lovely & peaceful Easter weekend. Celebrate your next spring event with this deliciously simple honey cake and let me know what you think in the comments! 🙂

5 Must-Haves for March

March is one of those in-between months. Mostly gray, wet, and cold, but still vying for the warmth of the spring  sunshine, it’s a month where we get ready to ditch all our winter sweaters and bring in the clothes that are lighter & brighter, trade in our scarves for sunglasses and itch to get our hands dirty in the garden.  Living in Upstate New York, March doesn’t always mean spring, but we can still look ahead! Here’s some things I’ve been loving for keeping myself in the springtime mindset, but still keeping one foot in the sub-zero door.

 

Himalayan Bath Salt Royal Gems by Thesis ($22.95)

I’ve admittedly fallen victim to the Himalayan pink salt craze — I want to cook with it, bathe in it, purify the air with it, you name it. Maybe salt bae had something to do with it. Did you know Himalayan salt baths used to be reserved exclusively for royalty?  Nevertheless, these bath salts make for the ultimate at-home spa treatment, harvested from the unpolluted Himalayan mountains and packed with over 80 essential minerals and natural detoxifying benefits. Perfect for those with allergies and sensitivities or anyone who just wants to pamper their body. This bath salt is ideal for smooth, silky skin and even promotes sinus health and better sleep. All ingredients are eco-friendly too, with a recyclable apothecary bottle and natural cork top.

Some times the best things in life are the simplest. I love the way a fresh bouquet brightens up a space. It adds a measure of sophistication met with the whimsy of nature and fills your home with the scents of spring! Keeping a bouquet around is always a good idea to bring a little more bliss into your daily life, especially during an in-between month such as March.

I think denim is always a good choice for transitioning into spring. It’s light and easily versatile and you can layer up underneath depending on the weather. If you don’t have a quality denim coat, they’re easy to find! I love this one from Kensie or a cute loose-fitting one like this. Denim never goes out of style so I believe it’s truly a  great thing to invest in, especially to get ready for spring. You can even keep your eyes peeled while out thrifting – you can find some awesome stuff secondhand, too!

Boho Raw Crystal Birthstone Aquamarine Cuff Bracelet by Leia Spirit ($85)

This cuff is definitely on my wishlist! Aquamarine is the birthstone for March, and being a March child myself I’ve always had a relationship with this stone. I have to admit I never used to like the looks of Aquamarine too much — I always wished I had a prettier birthstone and was so jealous of those January, April, and July babies! As I’ve gotten older though I’ve definitely grown to love Aquamarine in all of it’s icy-blue glory. It’s known as a stone of courage and inner peace and is most often utilized with the Throat Chakra. It can be used to promote better verbal self expression, enhance spiritual communication, and clear communication blocks. It’s also said to be a wonderful good luck stone, and mixed in with the Pyrite in this cuff, I’m sure it works as a positive opportunity magnet!

Seeds for a Butterfly Garden by Renee’s Garden Seeds ($6.79)

Get ready to grow! Prepping your garden for spring & summer is a lot of hard work but it’s sure to pay off if you keep with it. Start by sowing your seeds early and transferring them out into your yard once it’s time, you’ll be the first in your neighborhood with a fresh and beautiful garden filled with flowers and plants. My mom is religious in keeping up with her garden, which I’m convinced (as well as the neighbors) grows more lovely every year. Getting close to the earth can also help you in other ways: gardening has been proven to aid in stress relief, makes for an easy way to incorporate more mindfulness in your daily life, and can be an easy way to give — fresh flowers cut from the garden or maybe some homegrown veggies can make for a beautiful and thoughtful gift.

March, albeit sometimes chilly and gray, can be a great transition month if you know how to work with it. Setting goals and intentions for spring can also be an uplifting activity for this time of the year, and I plan on sharing my personal springtime intentions with you all soon! Feel free to let me know your March must haves down below in the comments 🙂