HONEY CAKE

 

February 1, 2015

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Mmmm, coffee, honey, orange flavours all in the same cake. One batter. One pan. I admit though that I THREW this cake together and barely read the directions, so as one would expect I made a few errors, like I used Grand Marnier instead of orange juice. Ooops. And I grabbed a pretty cake mold that had a center tube, but I wasn't thinking that it wouldn't be large enough to accommodate the baked cake. Oh dear. But this cake forgave all my distractions. It really did. I really liked it--all of it. I don't want to be the calorie police, but 1/25 of a slice of this cake is 7 WW points. Holy. So no more picking at it.

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Instructions

COMBINE THE LIQUID INGREDIENTS

  • This was lots of fun, but I'm easy to please.

Liquid ingredients.
Liquid ingredients.

MAKE THE BATTER

  • The dry ingredients went into the bowl without any protest.

Dry ingredients.
Dry ingredients.

  • When the liquids went into the flour mix, boy was it soupy. The honey gave it a better consistency, but still.

The honey before it went into the batter.
The honey before it went into the batter.

  • Just like bread dough that can have a good deal of water in it (like the foccacia), so can cake batter.

BAKE THE CAKE

  • I only realized that my cake pan was too small, butI greased the darn thing well.

My cake mould.
My cake mould.

  • I was after the first 10 minutes, I noticed that the batter had risen to the lip and began to drip down the center tube. Awww. But the finished picture in Rose's book looked to be just a couple inches tall! Well, as the batter set, and as it continued to rise, it supported itself until the cake was baked thoroughly, and it baked in the time the book suggested.

The cake right out of the oven. It wasn’t so bad, now that I’m looking at it again.
The cake right out of the oven. It wasn’t so bad, now that I’m looking at it again.

COOL AND UNMOLD THE CAKE

  • As the cake cooled, it did indeed shrink away. And it unmolded nicely enough, but it smelled rather boozy.

After 25 minutes of cooling. It looks okay now..
After 25 minutes of cooling. It looks okay now..Honey Cake, The Finer Cookie.
Honey Cake, The Finer Cookie.
Shout hallelujah come on get happy…
Shout hallelujah come on get happy…

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HONEY CAKE

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