Scented Geranium Cake

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This recipe for scented geranium cake is super easy to make. It’s great for a lady’s lunch or tea, or even for a small baby or wedding shower. Here, I am using scented geraniums, similar to the ever popular large colorful flowered nursery hybrids, however, these plants have strongly scented leaves and very small flowers.

Scented Geranium Cake

single cake ~ scented geranium cake ~

Since my rose scented geranium was growing out of control from the winter, I thought I’d make use of some of the leaves, and make a cake. You can make any type of cake mix you’d like. I’m even using a box mix to make this dessert even easier.

Ingredients ~ scented geranium cake ~

I chose pound cake because it is dense and rich which I believe holds up to the fragrant taste of the geranium leaves. All you have to do is wash and dry a few leaves.

Place leaves in pan ~ scented geranium cake ~

Grease and flour the bottom of your pan and set the leaves in a nice pattern on the bottom. Slowly pour the cake mix on top and bake.

Cakes out of the oven ~ scented geranium cake ~ gardenmatter.comcompleted cakes ~ scented geranium cake ~

After the cake has cooled gently invert and remove the leaves.

Finished Cakes ~ scented geranium cake ~

Whisk up a little lemon glaze to drizzle on top.

For this scented geranium cake recipe I used lemon and rose leaves. To learn more about scented geranium plants check out my post titled, Scented Geraniums, Another Fragrant Beauty. You may also be interested in Entertaining with Edible Flowers.

Scented Geranium Pound Cake

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Serves: 6-8

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  • 1 box cake mix
  • Scented geranium leaves washed and dried
  • ¼ - ½ c powdered sugar
  • 1-2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  1. Grease and flour your pan(s)
  2. Set the scented geranium leaves on the bottom face down.
  3. Mix the cake batter according to the directions
  4. Carefully pour over the leaves.
  5. Bake as directed.
  6. Allow to cool slightly and invert onto a plate.
  7. Turn back over revealing the leaves
  8. Gently remove the leaves with a toothpick
  9. Whisk together sugar and lemon juice
  10. Drizzle over cake and serve.


This recipe for scented geranium cake is so easy to make and will add a subtle flowery taste to a pound cake or other box mix.

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About Patti Estep

Patti is the creator of Garden Matter, a home and garden blog filled with projects to inspire your creative side. She loves crafting, gardening, decorating and entertaining at her home in Pennsylvania. When she is not working on a project at home or searching for treasures at nurseries and thrift stores with her girlfriends, you’ll probably find her with family and friends, at a restaurant, or home party enjoying new and different food adventures.

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