Honey Thyme Bundt Cake

Honey and Thyme Bundt Cake | Playful Cooking

There are a few ingredients which always pair effortlessly. When you put them together, the outcome will always be delicious. You just know it! Whenever I bake a cake, it never has frosting or layers. So, I always try to pick some winning flavor combinations. Chocolate with Raspberry, Banana with Nutella, Carrot with Cardamom, Honey with fresh Figs and this time, Honey with fresh Thyme! The subtle minty flavor of fresh thyme and perfume honey makes the cake smell absolutely divine. And just to make the honey  thyme bundt cake extra flavorful, I added ghee (clarified butter).

Honey and Thyme Bundt Cake | Playful Cooking

Honey and Thyme Bundt Cake | Playful Cooking

Honey and Thyme Bundt Cake | Playful Cooking

Ghee (clarified butter) is one of our favorite things to drizzle on a hot plate of food, flat breads and even on sweet puddings. Our boy loves ghee so much that every time I take out the jar, he will come running with a spoon for a quick taste.

My Mom would always bake the cake with oil. I too stayed on the same path and avoided butter, whenever I could. This time, I tried using clarified butter and the result was this robust nutty flavor which blended so beautifully with honey and thyme. However, the texture of the cake was not as moist as I was hoping for. So, I had to make some honey and thyme syrup to drizzle on top. Of course, the syrup not only added moistness but also enhanced the beautiful flavor.

Honey and Thyme Bundt Cake | Playful Cooking

Honey and Thyme Bundt Cake | Playful Cooking

Honey and Thyme Bundt Cake | Playful Cooking

Honey and Thyme Bundt Cake

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour


  • ½ cup clarified butter
  • ½ cup honey
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon thyme leaves

for the syrup

  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • few thyme leaves
  • ¼ cup water


  1. Preheat the oven to 176C / 350F and oil an 8-inch bundt cake pan.
  2. Whisk flour, baking soda, sugar and thyme leaves in a bowl.
  3. In another bowl, whisk clarified butter with 2 eggs until it’s smooth. Then, add honey to it and give it another whisk. Pour this wet mixture to the dry ingredients bowl and whisk. Next, add milk and whisk it again.
  4. Pour the cake batter to the oiled bundt cake pan and bake it for about 50 minutes or until the cake is cooked through. Insert a knife or a toothpick and if it comes out clean, it’s ready.
  5. Allow the pan to cool down and then flip it on a cake stand or a plate.
  6. For the syrup, add honey, water and thyme leaves in a saucepan. Give it a stir and allow it cook for a couple of minutes.
  7. Drizzle the warm syrup on the cake and serve.

Honey and Thyme Bundt Cake | Playful Cooking

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  • Janani Rakesh Kumar
    Janani Rakesh Kumar
    August 1, 2016 at 9:18 AM

    Looks soo yum! beautiful clicks kankana!

  • Kimberly/TheLittlePl
    August 1, 2016 at 12:23 PM

    I don’t eat any dair so ghee is out, but I am sure I culd still enjoy this cake without it! It looks divine. And the flavour combo – ace!
    Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

  • Chitrangada
    August 1, 2016 at 9:56 PM

    Honey always reminds me of ‘Pooh’. Yeah that cuddly yellow bear, may be I need to grow up ? Now seeing this cake and reading the recipe I’m jumping more like Tigger.. on my to do list, thanks for this lovely recipe.

  • angiesrecipes
    August 2, 2016 at 5:40 AM

    The bundt cake looks heavenly. I love the combo of thyme and honey.

  • Megan @ Meg is Well
    Megan @ Meg is Well
    August 5, 2016 at 10:36 AM

    Drool worthy! I buy a rosemary salt bread that I love toasting and slathering butter and honey on so I can’t imagine how much I would love a cake like this.

  • Louise | Cygnet Kitc
    Louise | Cygnet Kitc
    August 8, 2016 at 5:53 AM

    I love the idea of using clarified butter here, it must add a lovely nuttiness. I often use thyme in sweet bakes, I imagine it works beautifully with the honey! Pinned! Gorgeous work, Kankana! xx

  • Laura | Tutti Dolci
    Laura | Tutti Dolci
    August 9, 2016 at 5:00 PM

    This is such a gorgeous cake, I adore honey with thyme!

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