Sunday, April 21

Chamomile Cake with Honey Frosting to Celebrate Sundays With Joy's 1st Birthday


Happy Birthday Sundays With Joy! Hard to believe that one year ago, I started a group of home bakers and bloggers and talked them all into baking their way through Joy the Baker Cookbook: 100 Simple and Comforting Recipes. I invited anyone who wanted to participate to join in the fun. We started with about 15-20 participants. Today we have 150 members and are just over half way through the book.


It's been fun, we made so many yummy Joy the Baker recipes like, Avocado Fries, Brown Butter Blueberry Muffins, Lemon Lavender Bars (or in my case a tart),  Vegan Pumpkin Bread, and so many more!


Joy Wilson (Joy the Baker) is also a member of our group. She pops in from time to time to lend advice, cheer us on, and just chat with us. She is unbelievably sweet and exactly what you would expect her to be from reading her blog and book.


Last November Cassie (another group member) and I traveled up to King Arthur Flour to meet Joy in person and take a pie making class. It was so much fun! My only wish was that all of our members could have come with me!

This week to celebrate the group's one year birthday, we made Joy's Chamomile Cupcakes with Honey Frosting. I adapted the recipe just slightly doubling it to make it into a layer cake . I also reduced the cream in the frosting  so it would be a tad thicker and hold up to the layers.



My kitchen was extremely hot the day I decided to frost and take photos of this cake and it proved to be a minor disaster. The layers started slipping and frosting was on every inch of the kitchen and my camera!

It's a basic cake with a slight chamomile flavor, I added in some lemon to brighten it up. The frosting was delicious and oh so sweet! In hindsight I should have stuck to original recipe because a little bit of this frosting goes a long way. I didn't care for my cake to frosting ratio.



If you would like to try this recipe... grab a copy of Joy the Baker Cookbook: 100 Simple and Comforting Recipes OR... you can also find it on her blog!

If you are a member of Sundays With Joy please link up your blog posts below. If you are not a member and want to learn how to become one, check out our Facebook group and request to join!



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22 comments:

  1. Happy 1st birthday to the group! This cake looks soooo good! I'm in the process of moving and *gasp* don't have an oven yet, so I couldn't make anything for the group unfortunately. Grapefruit Soufflé Pudding is next on my list and I'll be participating from there on in :)

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  2. I love cakes made with tea and then the honey frosting...how yummy and what a fun group!!

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  3. Congrats on one year! You did an amazing job, Carrie! This cake sounds like the perfect treat to celebrate with!

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    1. Thanks Anna! The group has been so much fun.

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  5. What a fabulous idea you had, Carrie! I know that I am not always as faithful as I once was (I blame it on a very busy life... not the lack of wanting to bake Joy's delicious treats!), but I have LOVED being a part of this group so far. I am looking forward to another year of baking with everybody! And your pictures are fantastic today! (Always, yes, but today especially so.)

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    1. I'm so glad you participate! I can't wait to see what the next few months brings us in our baking adventures.

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  6. Congrats to growing your group so much! I've loved watching it unfold! And these cupcake (or now cake!) have always been on my radar screen from her book and blog. The frosting also sounds divine! Pinning!

    I have actually seen the pics of your on the KAF site and wow, I would love to go there one day!

    And Joy is such a sweet person. Such a nice, fun-loving person!

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    1. Thanks!! Yeah I've been to KAF a bunch (I live locally) I did their Blog and Bake last year and it was a blast. If you make it up this way ever you must must go visit them! It's a bakers paradise.

      And yes Joy is such a sweet person, You know how when you read someone's blog long enough you feel like you know them? Then when you meet them it could all change if they aren't the same in person. She is exactly the same as her blog voice!

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  7. What a delicious cake, love the honey frosting!

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  8. can you just please please please move in next door to me? :)

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    1. Come to the East Coast.... please!

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  9. Yummy :) this cake looks beautiful and delicious! I adore the flavor combination!

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    1. Thanks! I just a love tea and honey too.

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  10. I made cookies with tea once, but never cake. This looks great!

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    1. Mmm tea in cookies is a great use as well.

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  11. What a perfect recipe to celebrate 1 year! This cake looks so good! I have never tried baking with tea!

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  12. What an awesome idea you had, Carrie! And everyone agrees - that's a fantastic number of people baking along with you. This cake looks beautiful, despite the alleged slippage (I don't believe you - this looks great! ;) The flavour combination is very unique, I've only ever had chamomile in tea. I really need to get myself a copy of Joy's book!

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  13. I had this open on the computer and my BF's mom was saying how awesome it looked. I think I need to make this one day for her. :-)

    yum!

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