An award-winning cake, flavored with sweet and warm spices.



Savory Spice Shop was asked to provide two spices for a baking contest at the 2007 Colorado "Sweet Times in the Rockies" cake show. Entrants were challenged to create the top cake incorporating these ingredients, which were star anise and makrut lime leaves.


Grease two nine-inch cake rounds and line each with wax paper. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Pour honey into a saucepan, stir in the ground spices, and bring just to a simmer. Set aside to cool. Put the lime leaves and water into a microwaveable bowl, cover, and microwave on high for 2 min. Let cool, then remove the leaves and finely mince them. Reserve the minced leaves. Stir the water into the yogurt. In a large bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a mixer, cream the butter with the brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Stir in the cooled honey spice mixture. Add the flour mixture in thirds alternating with the yogurt mixture. Scrape the bowl well, add the minced lime leaves and beat for 30 seconds. Pour the batter into the prepared pans. Bake for 35 minutes or until a tester comes out clean. Cool on wire racks for 5 minutes, turn out of pans and remove waxed paper.

Serving Suggestions

Serve warm or at room temperature sprinkled with powdered sugar.


2 (9-inch) single layer cakes

Thanks To

Dianne Johnson, Savory Spice customer and winner of the Colorado "Sweet Times in the Rockies" cake show, 2007

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Savory Spice Shop Ingredients
Ginger, Ground, Organic 1/2 oz bag $1.70
Cinnamon, Saigon Cassia, Supreme, Ground 2 floz bottle $4.40
Coriander Seeds, Ground 1/2 oz bag $1.15
Star Anise, Ground 2 floz bottle $4.40
Nutmeg, Grenada, Ground 1/2 oz bag $2.50
Cloves, Madagascar, Ground 1/2 oz bag $2.30
Lime Leaves, Makrut, Dried 1/4 oz bag $6.80
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5 stars 1/25/18 Jodie
Made this cake during the holidays and turned out perfect and exactly like the picture shown. The Makrut leaves give this gingerbread cake an interesting exotic flavor. A bit stong but served warm and with homeade whipped cream compliments the gingerbread flavors nicely. Not too sweet and wonderful texture, colors and taste. Will make again.