HONEY CAKE brings back a lot of fond memories. There was always a competition in studies between my brother and me. Who ever scored higher marks would always be treated with the yummiest Honey cakes. I dont know why but back then my family was crazy about these cakes. So on the day of our results I would anxiously wait for Dad to come home with these delicious treats:). Aww gone are the days – now I feel so old. I am married,have a little kid,lot of responsibilities….gosh time just flies. I wish there was a rewind button in life…I would love to go back to my younger days:). Anyways I really wonder why on earth I didn’t even think of baking them until today.
I was happy when I saw “Honey” as the theme for this months Monthly Mingle. And the first thing that came into my mind was “Honey Cake”.
4 tablespoon butter, softened
1 1/4 cup sugar
2 large eggs
2 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon orange zest
1/2 cup orange juice
1/4 cup milk
1 1/4 cup flour
a pinch of salt
1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
just a little orange food color ( optional)
unsweetened/sweetened coconut flakes for decoration(optional)
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup water
2 tablespoon sugar
Preheat oven at 350F. Combine the dry ingredients ie., flour,salt and baking powder and set aside. In the large bowl of a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time,beating well after each addition. Add the vanilla extract,honey and orange zest. Pour the milk and beat until well incorporated. Now add the flour mixture alternately with the orange juice. Add in the food color if using.
Pour onto a greased 8′ round pan and bake for about 30-40minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Once done allow the cake to cool for about 15 minutes. In the meanwhile make the syrup.
Syrup – Mix all the ingredients and bring it to a boil on medium heat. Once it thickens remove it and allow it to cool.
When the cake is warm, take a toothpick and prick all over it. Using a spoon slowly drizzle the syrup all over. The cake will absorb all the liquid. Allow it to set…for about 3 hours. Now turn it upside down. Sprinkle coconut flakes(not fresh ones) all over the cake. Cut them into slices and enjoy!
My cake had a nice brown layer in the bottom so it looked good when I flipped them. Some heat mixed fruit jam with little water and spread it on the cake to give that dark color on top. That taste well too:). Also I ran out of orange food color,so used up yellow and very little orange color. The cake was super moist and tasted delicious:)