I’m not sure about anyone else, but I absolutely LOVE honey cake. It’s one of the things that I always buy when I go to the German market. My older son loves it as well, so if I ever want any when I buy it, I have to buy at least 2 of them so i can get some.
I’ve been wanting to try and make honey cake for a while now, but every time I try goggling it, it always comes up with the Russian version, which is a lot of thin honey graham wafers, layered with a sour cream frosting type stuff. This is not what I’ve been looking for.
Then a couple of weeks ago, during the Christmas break, I decided to try searching again, as I really wanted to make a honey cake.
Well, low and behold I found a recipe at Smitten Kitchen. And it looked like the dark, rich, spicy cake I’m used to having. So this is the recipe I went with.
It’s perfect, we absolutely love it! It’s moist and spicy, just perfect!. There really isn’t anything I changed, other than I used Cognac instead of whiskey or rye as we didn’t have any of that in our home, but conveniently we have a tonne of cognac as all the guys that work for my husband seem to give him bottles of either taquilla or cognac as a Christmas present.
As well, I also baked the cake(s) off in three 6″ pans, instead of 3 loaf pans or two 9″ square pans or one sheet pan. There are many options here. I figured we could eat one now, I could freeze one for later and my husband could take one to work for the guys. (He took one of the Apple Cakes that I made on Monday into work and the guys had it completely consumed within 20 minutes of him putting it out!!). Just a note – I had to bake my cakes just over an hour (1 hour 5 minutes), as I was using a 6″ pan that was 3″ high, so it took longer to bake. Just remember when adjusting the pan size, you have to adjust the baking time. If it’s a smaller pan you would think it would be a shorter bake time, but if it’s a taller pan, as is the case for me, it actually takes longer to bake properly.
This recipe is a definite keeper and can be found here.
I actually didn’t bother with taking pictures, as this is such a simple recipe, just dump everything into your stand mixer and mix until thoroughly combined. It was so easy! And I love easy recipes. Unlike the chocolate cake fiasco I had yesterday, which resulted in a serious mess – I was trying to be proactive and bake off some chocolate cakes for my younger son’s birthday next month. Well, the recipe said it was for one cake, so I tripled it to make 3. Yeah, there was so much batter, I could have used one recipe to make 3 cakes, but not realizing this, I divided it up between the three pans and well, thankfully I had my cake pans on top of sheet pans in the oven, so the sheet pans caught all the overflowing mess. Needless to say, shit happens and I still need to make my son’s birthday cake. Next week!
Have a great weekend – and make this cake, you won’t be disappointed!