My older sister suggested we have a family get together at hers and celebrate. She the greatest, it makes since too as all my family live very close together in West London. I'm the only one who lives faraway.
A lovely friend of mine Renna, recently gave me a pot of Haughton Honey. Honey can be used for all sorts, personally I use it on toast, in sandwiches, I love a lemon tea, occasionally to glaze my roast carrots, I'm not that overly adventurous. As I am trying to be healthy, I wanted to make something special. So a honey cake had my interest.
- 250g clear honey, plus about 2 tbsp extra to glaze
- 225g unsalted butter
- 120gdemerara sugar
- 3 large eggs, beaten
- 300g self-raising flour
Put the cooker on gas make 3, grease proof a 20in (loose bottom) cake tin.
On a low heat cook the butter, sugar and honey together. Once all the sugar has dissolved and the butter melted, the liquid will run clear, keep stirring until it does. Then bring everything to boil for one minute. Then leave to rest/cool down off the ring for 20 minutes.
Sift the flour in a large mixing bowl, add the eggs and the cooled down honey mixture, mix together with a wooden spoon. The cake mixture will be runny once done.
Pour the cake mix into the cake tin, place in the oven for 1 hour. - well after 40 minutes the cake had risen, looking good but getting brown on one side. So I spun the cake around and turned the cooker down to 2. I let it cook some more, about another 20 minutes.
I took the cake out, it looked cooked but it was still very wet at the bottom, I could feel it. I flipped it over (poor cake - and rubbish oven) cooked for another 20 minutes.
Finally cake done. Springy to the touch, my house smells divine. The cake had a heavy/soft texture. I cut in half, added cream and mixed in grated chocolate for it filling.
I decorated my cake as a naughty minion. After an hour he was born and popped out of sight and hidden from little hands and eyes.
My son was over the moon when he saw his cake. He had the biggest slice and wanted more. I have never eaten or even made a Honey Cake before. It was lovely, the honey come through, its not over powering, no sticky. The cake mixture isn't gooey either. Nice and firm. Sweet honey flavour come through.
I say if you want to try something different go for it, if it goes wrong dont worry, style it out!