Chamomile Tea Layer Cake

chamomile layer cake

  • Author: mimi
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: One 3-layer, 6" cake 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: Layer Cakes, Tea Cake, Cakes, Fancy cakes


A light cake that’s flavored with chamomile tea and is covered with buttercream and decorated with fresh chamomile flowers




  • 6 Tablespoons (85g) unsalted butter softened to room temperature
  • 2/3 cup (160mL) canola oil or vegetable oil
  • 2 cups (400g) sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 2/3 cups + 2 Tablespoons (345g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (235mL) chamomile tea
  • 6 large (6oz) egg whites


  • 2 cups (16 oz) powdered sugar
  • 2 sticks of butter, room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • as needed: a few tablespoons of chamomile tea

Supplies needed

  • KitchenAid mixer
  • three 6” cake pans
  • Cake slip
  • offset spatula


  1. Prepare. Pre-heat the oven to 350F, measure out your dry ingredients and wet ingredients. Boil 2 cups of water and steep 16 tea bags or a 1/2 cup of loose-leaf chamomile tea for 5 minutes, then strain and let cool. Spray the cake pans with cake slip.
  2. Make the cake layers. In a KitchenAid mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, whip egg whites until they are halfway to soft peaks. Then, switch to a paddle attachment, and add in the sugar, oil, butter, eggs and mix to combine. Then add in the dry ingredients + tea alternating in thirds. Pour into prepared pans and bake for 30-40 minutes. let cool completely.
  3. Make the frosting. In a KitchenAid fitted with a paddle attachment, whip the butter until smooth, then add the powdered sugar in thirds. add in vanilla and a pinch of salt and mix to combine.
  4. Frost + decorate. We’re just doing a crumb coat, so stack each cake layer and spread first 2 tablespoons or so in between each layer. When all three layers have frosting in between, using an offset spatula apply a few blobs of frosting to the sides of the cake, spread around evenly, so it ends up being a moderately thin amount of frosting on the sides. Turn the offset spatula perpendicular to the cake and scrape off the excess frosting. Top with fresh chamomile flowers and serve!

Keywords: chamomile cake, layer cake, cake, naked cake