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Monday, May 9, 2016

Italian Lemon & Honey Bundt Cake

This rich bundt cake is flavored with the perfect mix of lemon and honey.  Top it with the caramelized honey glaze for an extra special treat.

close up of honey lemon bundt cake with honey glaze

Honey and lemon are a perfect match.  They come together beautifully in this Italian bundt cake.  It is the perfect mix of sweet and tart and the texture of the cake itself is great thanks to buttermilk and sour cream.  The glaze melts in to take it to the next level of amazing.  It is perfect for any special occasion.

     I know it is hard to believe, but at one point MiMi was the dessert committee for our family.  I seem to have taken that over in the last few years.

     My cousins would rave over her sweets.  My siblings and I didn't know how good we had it.

     In the early stages of this site, she was helping quite a bit and having fun making paired cakes and ice creams.  On this particular day everything was Italian themed.

slices of lemon bundt cake on various colored plates with remaining cake on pedastal stand in background

     The dinner was a wonderful rolled beef stuff with all the good stuff.  We finished the meal with this cake and lemon Italian ice.

    I am not sure why we didn't share the Italian ice recipe because it was delicious.  If that is something you would be interested in, let me know in the comments.

     There would be no complaints if we whipped up more so that we could share the recipe, of that I am certain.  Just give us the excuse to need to do it!

Here is what MiMi had to say about the cake:

We recently made  Maw-Maw's Italian Braciole for our family dinner. Since we had an Italian inspired dinner I felt we should have Italian all of the way through dessert.

I found a recipe for lemon Italian ice that I decided to make, but felt like baking too.  That's when I found Lemon Pound Cake on My Recipe Confessions. I changed it up just a little bit and the results were wonderful.

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Yield: 20 servings

Italian Lemon & Honey Bundt Cake

Italian Lemon & Honey Bundt Cake

This rich bundt cake is flavored with the perfect mix of lemon and honey. Top it with the caramelized honey glaze for an extra special treat.
prep time: 15 Mcook time: 1 H & 15 Mtotal time: 1 H & 30 M


  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups honey
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 4 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
Honey Glaze
  • 2 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter
  • pinch of fine sea salt


How to cook Italian Lemon & Honey Bundt Cake

  1. Preheat oven to 300 F
  2. Combine flour, baking powder and salt with a whisk and set aside.
  3. Cream butter and honey until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Mix in sour cream, lemon juice, lemon zest, vanilla and almond extract.
  4. Mix 1/3 of the flour mixture into the butter miture. Mix in half of the buttermilk and then add in another 1/3 of the flour mixture. Then mix in the rest of the buttermilk and finish by adding in the last 1/3 of the flour mixture. Mix just until combined.
  5. Pour cake batter into a greased bundt pan.
  6. Bake for about an hour or until toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Remove the cake from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Turn the cake over on a cake plate. Pour warm honey lemon glaze over the warm cake.
  7. While the cake is baking, prepare the glaze. Combine sugar and honey in a medium pan over medium heat. Stir until the sugar dissolves into a liquid. Continue to cook without stirring, swirling the pan occasionally. Mixture will bubble and start to darken in color. Once mixture is a medium brown, stir using a wooden spoon and remove from heat. Carefully stir in the cream. Add butter and stir until smooth. Add salt and stir once more.
  8. Let sauce cool until just warm before using on the cake.
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This rich bundt cake is flavored with the perfect mix of lemon and honey.  Top it with the caramelized honey glaze for an extra special treat.


  1. I need to get a bundt pan! This cake sounds delicious, I want some with my coffee right now :-)

    1. I'm shocked you don't have one already! My mom and grandma went through a phase where they collected them. So I have a few myself, but I have quick access to almost any shape you can think of!

  2. Beautiful bundt!!! With lemon in the list of ingredients, I'm sold, I love a refreshing tasting cake after a satisfying meal!! I'm gonna make this to have after lasagne I'm making this Sunday!!!

    1. Oooh, yum! I love lasagna and haven't made one in a while. I was thinking Jax and I need to try using fresh pasta sheets in a lasagna soon. Or we could just invite ourselves to your house and save ourselves the trouble ;-)

  3. This bundt cake looks delicious. Pinning. Have a wonderful week

    1. Thank you, I hope you have a great one too!

  4. Hello Carlee, I hope you had a nice Mother's Day! :)
    Wow that is a beautiful bundt cake and I'm sure it probably tastes so yummy. Thanks for the recipe.
    Enjoy the week.
    Julie xo

    1. Thanks Julie, I hope yours was lovely as well! The cake was so good, I just love honey and lemon together.

  5. This looks absolutely delicious! I love anything lemon flavoured, especially with freshly whipped cream! #WAYWOW

    1. Mmmm! Now I want a big old pile of fresh whipped cream too. Thanks!

  6. I love lemon cake - and this looks so pretty in the bundt shape - pinning and will give it a go :)

  7. Oh, you had me at LEMON! This looks amazing!

  8. i love lemon everything! --- ok well not everything... but lemon desserts for sure! Thanks for sharing this delicious sounding recipe at #WayWow

    1. Me too! Lemon desserts, lemon on seafood, lemonade... give it all to me!

  9. Carlee, this looks fantastic! I would imagine the addition of honey really gives it some depth. Pinning for future baking!

    1. Thank you, we have really been loving baking with honey lately and I think lemon and honey are a match made in heaven! I hope you enjoy it!

  10. This cake sounds so good, and I love the design from your bundt cake pan! It's a nice alternative from the traditional pan design. Thanks so much for sharing your recipe at Inspiration Thursday!

    1. Thank you! My mom and grandma both went through a bundt pan collecting phase, so I have a lot of options at my disposal!

  11. This sounds wonderfully delicious! I love your pan... such a pretty design!

  12. This recipe looks fantastic. My daughter loves anything lemon. Thanks for the recipe.

  13. I have that Bundt pan. Now I have a new recipe to bake in it. Thanks.


  14. I love using my bundt pan. They are quick and easy to use and they make a gorgeous cake! Your bundt pan pattern is so cool, I love that you have different patterns! I just have the regular one, I think I need to branch out.

    I love a lemon cake you can add berries or cream cheese frosting, both even! Pinning!

    1. I love how bundts make a cake feel that much more special. There are so many fun patterns. I have a star one I haven't used yet, but I can't wait to give it a go! Mmm, lemons and berries are my favorites!

  15. This is one beautiful cake and it sounds delicious.

  16. What a wonderful cake -- I love anything with lemon! Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday! :)

  17. Fantastic cake! Lemon and honey - it's a wonderful combination :)

  18. That cake sounds so GOOD! I love the pan you baked it in too. So pretty!

    1. Thanks, Michele! There for a while my mom and grandma were making so many bundt cakes that we sort of got tired of them. Now that we've had a break, I am loving how pretty bundts are again!

  19. Carlee, that is one gorgeous cake!! I wish I had a lice or two!


    1. Thank you! I'd happily bake another to share!

  20. Just bought my very first bunt cake, so I'm going to try this soon! We love lemon cake and this one sounds amazing. Pinning!

    1. Just think of all of the delicious cakes you can make! Thank you!

  21. What a beautiful Italian Lemon Bundt Cake, it looks delicious! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great day!
    Miz Helen

  22. This cake is so soft right Carlee? I mean inside the cake, does it like sponge cake? I will try this new recipe today!

    1. It's more like bundt or pound cake. It isn't overly dense, but it is super moist. I hope you love it!

  23. By the look of it this looks so nice. I will try this out this weekend.
    Thanks Carlee :)

  24. Looks delicious! I made yesterday and its taste was awesome!

  25. A unique cake which I surely want to cook. It is such a creative idea to include lemon in cake. Awesome!


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