Chamomile Ohia Lehua Honey Teacakes

Oct 22

Chamomile Ohia Lehua Honey Teacakes

Serves 4
Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 25 minutes
Total time 40 minutes
Meal type Dessert
From book Miette: Recipes from San Francisco's Most Charming Pastry Shop
Inspired from Miette's recipe for Honey Tea Cakes, these Chamomile Ohia Lehua Honey Tea Cakes are perfect on a warm and cold day.


  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon chamomile (loose leaf tea recommended)
  • 2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 8 Large egg yolks
  • 2 Large whole eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup plus 6 tbsp unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • 1/4 cup honey (warmed and diluted with 2 tbsp water to make a syrup)


Step 1 Pour cream into a covered container and mix in the chamomile. Let it infuse overnight. Strain out the chamomile before use.
Step 2 Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter four 5x3 inch loaf pans and dust with flour. Tap out the excess flour. Place pans on a baking sheet.
Step 3 Sift flour, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl. Set aside.
Step 4 In another bowl, mix the egg yolks, whole eggs, chamomile infused cream, and vanilla. Set aside.
Step 5 In a bowl of a stand mixer, combine the dry ingredients and the sugar and mix on medium speed for about 30 seconds.
Step 6 Reduce the speed to low and add the butter and half of the egg mixture. Mix until incorporated. About 2 minutes.
Step 7 Raise the speed to medium-high and mix for about 2 minutes to add air to build structure.
Step 8 Turn down speed to low and add the remaining egg mixture and mix until just incorporated. About 2-3 minutes.
Step 9 Divide the batter between the four prepared pans. Bake until the tops of the loaves are golden brown and a tester comes out clean. About 20-25 minutes.
Step 10 Transfer to a wire rack and immediately brush the tops or drizzle with the honey syrup.



  • If not eaten right away wrap the cakes up tightly with plastic wrap.
  • The cakes can be refrigerated for up to 3 days.
  • I used some bake and give pans for this recipe.  The ones that I used are from King Arthur Flour's website.  They are perfect size for gift-giving!
  • Not a fan of chamomile?  You can use your favorite floral flavor such as lavender or violet.

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