Rosemary Orange Pound Cake

Total Time
1hr 30mins
Prep 45 mins
Cook 45 mins

Make this orange and rosemary scented cake up to 3 months ahead. (found this on the internet somewhere as a request for someone, haven't made myself -- based on errors pointed out in reviews, I have corrected recipe 10/07)

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Allow butter and eggs to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  2. Grease and lightly flour two 8x4x2-inch loaf pans.
  3. Combine flour and baking powder.
  4. Set aside.
  5. In a large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds or until softened.
  6. Gradually add sugar, 2 tablespoons at a time, beating on medium speed about 6 minutes or until very light and fluffy.
  7. Beat in honey.
  8. Add eggs, one at a time, beating on low to medium speed for 1 minute after each addition and scraping bowl frequently.
  9. (Batter may look slightly curdled.) Gradually add flour mixture, beating on low speed just until combined.
  10. Gently stir in snipped or crushed rosemary, orange flower water or extract, orange peel, and orange juice.
  11. Pour batter into prepared pans.
  12. Bake in a 325 degree F oven about 45 minutes or until wooden toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean.
  13. Cool in pans for 10 minutes.
  14. Remove from pans, and cool on wire racks.
  15. For glaze, stir together powdered sugar and 2 teaspoons orange juice.
  16. Drizzle over cakes.
  17. If desired, top with rosemary sprigs.
  18. Make-ahead tip: Prepare cakes as directed, except do not glaze.
  19. Place in a freezer container, and freeze for up to 3 months.
  20. To serve, thaw at room temperature.
  21. Glaze as directed above.
Most Helpful

This was okay, but I was disappointed as I couldn't taste any rosemary or orange for that matter. I brought it to a pot luck and half of it was still left over.

ShaGun August 18, 2008

I made this with 5 eggs and used lavender in place of the rosemary. I find the 2 very interchangeable. I use orange blossom flower water. An 1 cup of powdered sugar was used for the glaze. I loved the honey and lavender flavor. If making 3 months I suggest wrapping very good and freezing without the glaze. I garnished with orange rind and lavender. Thanks for posting.

Rita~ October 01, 2007

I made this cake with 2 eggs and it is very soft and delicious. I googled this recipe and found an almost exact recipe. It states 5 eggs. I'm going to try it out with 5 eggs later. Just posting this for anyone who would like to try this recipe.

V'nut-Beyond Redemption August 17, 2005