Good morning! I hope everyone had a lovely weekend. The weather outside was beautiful! Unfortunately, I couldn’t say the same about the inside of my house. It was like an oven! Hot, hot and very hot.
Regardless of the temperature, I was still in a baking mood. I generally prefer baking from scratch but there are those days when you just don’t want to be bothered with a ton of measuring. Think about all those dishes and clean-ups!
I took a box of vanilla cake mix (you know it’s a good one when you can see all the specks of vanilla beans in the cake) and added basil and lemon zest so it wouldn’t be so boring. Served this with some homemade vanilla cinnamon whipped cream, some raspberries and blueberries —it was delicious! I know it may sound strange adding basil but it really worked in this recipe. Now aren’t you intrigued to give this one a try? Go for it! You won’t regret it.
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup of canola oil
- 1 cup of cold milk
- 1 (16 ounce) box of vanilla cake mix (I used Trader Joe’s)
- zest of 2 lemons
- 1/2 cup of fresh basil, chopped
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8-inch square baking pan.
Using a stand or electric mixer (or mix by hand) mix together eggs, canola oil and milk. Add vanilla cake mix. Continue to mix until batter is smooth. Stir in lemon zest and basil. Pour batter into the prepared pan.
Bake for 40-43 minutes or until toothpick/tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Let the cake cool completely before cutting into the pan. When serving, top with whipped cream, blueberries and raspberries.
Source: Cooking with Trader Joe’s
74 thoughts on “Lemon Basil Cake”
I love the simplicity of this recipe, yet the flavor must be so well done with that lemon and basil.. great share, thanks!
Thanks Pamela! 🙂
This is definitely on the top of my to-make-list!
Yay! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by Angie
I’m a sucker for whipped cream, especially homemade. The cinnamon and vanilla in this whipped cream really complimented the flavors in the cake. The basil is there but it’s not overpowering. I’m having it for breakfast right now, what a great way to start.
I know, isn’t it delicious? 🙂
I love the addition of lemon and basil – so fresh for summer! I hear you on the humid, nasty weather. It hasn’t stopped raining here – I’m ready for a little sunshine : )
Thanks Ashley! We had those muggy raining weather earlier last week but now it’s just hot, hot, and more hot! 🙂
I love the way you jazzed up this cake! Lemon and basil (especially the combo) is such an Italian flavor profile, which screams summer for me. Great idea!
Thanks so much Nora! 🙂
Great idea Anne!lovely fresh tasty to start on monday …..with a beautiful day!
Thanks Massi! 🙂
I give you credit for baking on a hot day! I’ve been avoiding the oven lately just because humidity here. I wouldn’t have thought to add basil but it sounds intriguing!
Thanks Jan! I know it’s hot but I couldn’t stay away. 🙂
I use my bread machine for summer baking. It does not heat up the whole kitchen. And sometimes I plug it in outside!
I really am intrigued by the idea of adding basil to the cake. I love basil so I imagine it’s wonderful…I can’t stop cooking and baking either despite the hot temp! : )
I know, right? It’s so hard to stay away. 🙂 Thanks for your lovely comment Monica. Have a great week!
Wow, that’s such a good idea. It sounds delish! I’ve just made a sponge cake this afternoon, I really wish I had seen this before I make it.
this looks delicious! saw your post on FB too – I will definitely try this! Thanks for the post
Thanks Erica! So happy you stopped by. 🙂
This looks great Anne! Love that you added basil as well as lemon to the cake:) Hehe I can’t seem to stop baking either despite the hot and sticky weather we’ve been getting here too. Have a great week and try to keep cool:)
Thanks Kelly! Always a pleasure to hear from you. 🙂 Have a stellar week! xx
Never heard of basil in a cake. Looks lovely!!!
It´s definitely intriguing, and I always have leftover basil leaves which tend to shrivel until I thow them out! Love this flavor idea!
Thank you so much Paula! 🙂
Lemon and basil – what great flavours to add interest to a cake mix! I tried basil in a chocolate cake once, but it was too rich and heavy. Never thought to try it in a vanilla cake… but I will do now!
Thanks Sarah! I just loved the flavor combinations here… 🙂
this sounds so intriguing. I have a recipe for a cake using curry leaves – maybe I should get on it sometime..
What a lovely cake…and the flavors shout summer, too! Yum!
Thanks Liz! 🙂
This looks so good, Anne! I love lemon, I love basil, I love this cake! Pinned!
Thanks so much Julie and for the pin! 🙂
Basil in cake! I like that basil and lemon is used together. Complementary flavours.
Sure is complementary! 🙂
Very creative of you, Anne. I bet this cake was delicious and perfect for serving with fresh berries. Like the previous commenter said, “Basil in cake!” 🙂
Thanks John! 🙂
Never would have thought to add basil to a cake – so brilliant! I love using cake mixes when my kitchen is a thousand degrees and/or I don’t feel like doing dishes 🙂
Totally! Thanks for stopping by Ashley! 🙂
Basil and lemon sounds like a great flavour combination for a cake
Lemon and basil = perfect summer cake!!
Thanks Marie! 🙂
Let me tell you… I am all things lemon/basil/raspberry obsessed this time of year, and this cake is definitely calling my name! It’s gorgeous, Anne!
You’re so sweet, thank you so much Georgia! 🙂
This sounds like the perfect cake for summer entertaining. Simple and delicious.
Thanks Karen! 🙂
I agree with you, a boxed cake mix is the best short cut especially that you add so much wonderful flavors into this cake. 🙂 I’m like you, even though the temperature is high, I still like to bake. Just don’t like to wash the bowl and dishes afterwards. hahaha….
I hear ya! Who wants to wash all that dishes in the heat! Thanks for stopping by Amy! And have a great 4th! 🙂
The lemon-basil combination sounds wonderful!!!
Thanks Nancy! 🙂
You are so brave Anne that you were baking despite of the heat!
The result looks fantastic, I love the combination of Basil and lemon.
The raspberries and blueberries add a wonderful touch of color, very classy!
Thanks Daniela! 🙂
Love the idea of basil in cake! Especially paired with lemon! It’s SO summery – I want to dig right in. I bake in the heat too! I can’t help myself.
Hee hee.. You gotta do what you gotta do! 😉 Thanks for stopping by Reeni and for your lovely comment. 🙂
This is so gorgeous, Anne!! Perfect with my afternoon tea!! Love basil and lemon combo 🙂
It was yummy with tea! 🙂 Thank you so much Kiran for taking the time to comment.
Lemon and basil go so well together! Perfection!
Thanks Julia! 🙂
How could I regret basil and lemon in a vanilla cake mix? Looks gorgeous and super yum!
Thanks Lidia! 🙂
Spruced up cake mix is definitely necessary at times! Your lemon basil infusion is GENIUS!
Thanks Joanne! 🙂
Ooh, yum I love the idea of lemon and basil but wouldn’t have thought to put the two together. How creative! You’ve given me an idea for a ice-cream combo there – thanks for the inspiration!
Thanks Claire! Oh you’re so right –I would so love to see that in an ice cream –yum!
oh yum.. the trader joe’s boxed mix is so good… love the addition of lemon and basil. so is it savory or sweet? 🙂
Hi Honey, this is definitely a sweet cake. 😉
This sounds so delicious and refreshing!
Thank you so much Aimee! And thanks for stopping by.
I love the sound of this, Anne! I love citrus, and the basil must freshen it up even more. Have a great 4th!
Thanks Marcie! Hope you had stellar 4th!
Its definitely interesting! What’s the nice idea of using basil! Lovely photos 🙂 Have a cool week!
Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! Nothing wrong with going the semi-homemade route. 🙂
A cake with basil? Love the idea!
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