Rosemary & Lemon Infused Cake

Catherine Cappiello Pappas


This sweet, moist summer cake is infused with a fresh Rosemary and lemon. Speckled with floral notes that are perfectly balanced with hints of citrus.

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5 Min
35 Min


simple rosemary syrup
2 cups water
1 cup sugar
1 rosemary sprig
1½ cup all-purpose flour
1¾ teaspoons baking powder
pinch of salt
¾ cup white sugar
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
4 tablespoons canola oil
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
zest of 1 lemon
sprig of rosemary from syrup, finely chopped
½ cup milk
rosemary glaze
2 cups confectioner’s sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla
3-4 tablespoons rosemary simple syrup
edible flowers, rosemary sprig & blossoms for garnish

How to Make Rosemary & Lemon Infused Cake


  • 1In a small saucepan, bring water, sugar and rosemary for syrup to a simmer. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Set aside Rosemary sprig for cake. Remove the leaves from the stem and finely chop. Transfer the simple syrup once cool enough to a jar and chill in the refrigerator.
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
    In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together sugar, butter and oil until smooth. Add eggs, one at a time. Add vanilla, lemon zest, and rosemary. Mix until well combined. Alternately add milk and dry ingredients, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients.
    Pour into an 8½ inch cake pan. Bake for about 30-35 minutes or until cake tester comes out clean. Transfer cake to a wire rack and allow to cool completely in the cake pan.
    With a sharp knife, poke the cake several times and drizzle with about ½ cup of Rosemary simple syrup. Cover the cake and place in the refrigerator for a couple of hours or overnight.
    Whisk confectioner’s sugar, vanilla, simple syrup for Rosemary Glaze. Drizzle all over cake and garnish.
    Serve with tea or coffee and enjoy!

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About Rosemary & Lemon Infused Cake

Course/Dish: Cakes
Main Ingredient: Spice/Herb/Seasoning
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy