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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: 12-15 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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