Vanilla Basil Cake with Pomegranate Frosting


Just in time for valentines day, I made you this pale pink cake, no food coloring needed because we want chemistry not chemicals bahahaha see what I did there???

I don’t really like Valentines day. It’s right down there in the holiday ranking list with New Years Eve, because I don’t like that either. Neither does Mantha. All my homies don’t like these holidays. Ba humbug. We prefer Presidents Day. That’s right. The possibilities for a rockin President’s Day party are endless.

But nevertheless, I made this wonderful pink cake for Valentine’s day. It’s a unique flavor combo, which is what I’m all about. And it’s herbal. I’m kinda in an herbal rut these days. Someday I’ll make something for you guys that doesn’t have some kinda leaves in it but idk when.


I’m also in a lemon rut as well, which I have briefly broken out of to make this cake, but there are a bunch of lemony recipes comin right atcha in a second here, so get ready.

In other news, you will be delighted to hear that Meeko is maturing. What used to be a wild and crazy monster who ate only my most sentimental items has now become a sweet, sleepy little creature who naps on my toes while I work alllllll day long. It’s a vast improvement. Three cheers for Meeko.


I think what made the difference is he finally made it past puberty AND he went to doggy camp over Christmas because Mantha was traveling and he had so much fun with all his furry friends he may never recover. We love doggy camp. Big fan.

ALSO Meeko got groomed recently. You know that this was very necessary because he had adopted the nickname stinky around here, and he was getting ready to turn the house into a winter wonderland yet again, as is his bi-annual ritual. If you don’t have a husky, you would not BELIEVE how much hair they shed in the spring and fall, it’s shocking they are not bald after all of that. But he got a lovely bath and got all his winter fur taken off so he is ready for spring!


If only spring were ready for Chicago, I think we’ve got a few more weeks of the polar arctic before then. I was traipsing all over Chicago IN HEELS in the 0 degree heat carrying half a zillion miscellaneous items today and was reminded why I should really stick to my vow to never leave the house until April, so I’m going to work on that, going to try to be more of a hermit for the next couple months after today’s rare and unusual journey across Chicago.


Alright, that’s all I’ve got for ya, make this cake, everybody!

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Vanilla Basil Cake with Pomegranate Frosting

  • Author: hungryhungryhibma
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Yield: 1215 servings 1x


A lovely pale pink cake with a fruity frosting and an herbal flavor on the inside. A super fun flavor combo that should become a classic, I think!



For the cake:

  • 6 Tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup canola oil
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 2/3 cups flour
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 6 egg whites 

For the Frosting:

  • 10 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 sticks butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup pomegranate juice


Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Oil two 8 inch circular cake pans and line with parchment paper.

Add buttermilk and basil to a nonstick pan. Warm over medium heat until it reaches a simmer. Turn off the heat, and allow milk and basil to cool, preferably overnight in the fridge. Then strain out the basil.

Add sugar, oil, butter, and vanilla to a mixing bowl and combine with a hand mixer. Add buttermilk and mix until combined.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.

Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix with a spatula until just combined. 

Add egg whites to another mixing bowl. Whip with a hand mixer on high speed until stiff peaks form. Using a spatula, mix egg whites into batter until just combined. Do not over mix.

Divide batter between pans evenly. Bake for 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. 

Remove cake from oven, remove from pans, and allow to cool. 

To make the frosting, combine all of the ingredients with a hand mixer until smooth and creamy. 

Frost the cake with the buttercream, and enjoy!


Keywords: cake, pomegranate, basil, vanilla, valentines, pink, buttercream, frosting, baking

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