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Honey Butter Spread on Lemon Cake

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Honey. Butter. Spread. It’s exactly what it sounds like. The “Honey Butter” part = honey + butter. The “Spread” part = more sugar and it becomes thick and spreadable on anything and everything.

It’s honey butter goodness that’s a cross between frosting and… uhm… butter.

Sadly, I did not churn my own butter to make this Honey Butter Spread.

Yet somehow I still felt like Laura Ingalls Wilder as I licked Honey Butter Spread off my fingers. It just seemed like an old-fashioned thing to do. Because they needed to eat butter to stay warm in the winter, or something like that.

If I was still a student at the community ed “Old Time School”, I would request a Honey Butter Sandwich instead of the lard sandwich that my mom once snuck into my lunch pail. Those were feel-good summer days. Packing my lunch in a tin pail, getting water from a rusty old pump, writing with a feather pen, and most importantly, wearing a checkered bonnet. And apron. Nothing screams supercool like a bonnet, apron, and braces in the year 1995.

I hope at least 10% of you know what I’m talking about?

Honey butter spread on a homemade lemon loaf.

But since most of you probably don’t, let’s talk about something you do know about: Buttah.

I recommend using “good” butter for this Honey Butter Spread. Freshly churned, if you live on the prairie with Laura I. W.

If not, I’ve found that the generic brand at Target is awesome for baking and… eating, in this case. What does it say about me that I consider generic brand butter to be “good butter”? You buy generic, too, right?



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Honey Butter Spread on Lemon Cake


This super simple honey butter spread is soft and creamy - perfect on a homemade lemon loaf. Delicious for breakfast or dessert!


  • 2 tbs. honey
  • 4 tbs. room temperature/soft butter
  • 2 tbs. powdered sugar


  1. Soften butter for 10-15 seconds in the microwave if it’s cold.
  2. Pour in the honey into a bowl with the butter and stir until smooth. Add powdered sugar and stir until smooth. Add more powdered sugar for a thicker spread.
  • Prep Time: 1 min
  • Cook Time: 5 mins
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: honey butter spread, lemon cake, honey spread

I would and will spread this on literally everything: bread, crackers, pancakes, muffins, lemon cake. And would it be weird to put some in oatmeal? Because I already did.

The Lemon Cake is from Ina Garten - and you can get the recipe here!

Honey butter spread on a homemade lemon loaf.

Everything in moderation. Moderation. Moderation. Stop.eating.honey.butter.now.

Are you a butter lover, or do you use a healthier alternative?

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    Yum! Thanks for the recipe. Having spent many childhood years in the South, I miss whipped honey butter (I’m Seattle-born, and they just don’t get it up here in the PNW), and this just doubles my craving. I need to share this with my kids. If I feel generous enough. 😉

    Of course, now I’m also curious: what was “Old Time School” for you? How’d that work?

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