Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Majestic and Moist Honey Cake
It's Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year! I'm very excited to let my readers know that I am collaborating with Gather the Jews, another DC based blog, to bring you this delicious Honey Cake recipe.
Honey is sweet, and symbolizes bringing in a sweet new year. We typically dip our apples in honey, but I figured a little extra honey couldn't hurt at dessert time. Especially when laced with a little booze, just the way my Mimi would have made it.
I am spending the holiday with my friend in Baltimore this year, and I'll bring a dessert up to her family as a big thank you for welcoming me in. I also brought 2 of these cakes up to my family in New York this weekend, where they were met with much approval. It keeps well enough for up to 3 days, so it's a great dessert to make ahead of time and bring to your Rosh Hashana host.
I also appreciate that this makes 2 cakes - perfect for each night of Rosh Hashana. Growing up, we'd often celebrate with family one night and friends the next. With this recipe, you can share the sweet honey love with everyone you love!
Please take a minute to head over to my post at Gather the Jews, where I share more about my Rosh Hashana traditions. If you are Jewish and live in the DC area, this website is a great resource for Jewish News and Events here in the District, so definitely poke around.
Have a sweet New Year!
Majestic and Moist Honey Cake
from Smitten Kitchen
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1 cup vegetable oil
1 cup honey
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
3 large eggs at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup warm coffee or strong tea
1/2 cup fresh orange juice
1/4 cup rye or whiskey (optional)
1/2 cup slivered or sliced almonds (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Generously grease 2 9-inch round cake pans with non-stick cooking spray. (For extra protection, you can put a piece of lightly greased parchment at the bottom, too.)
2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves and allspice. Make a well in the center, and add oil, honey, white sugar, brown sugars, eggs, vanilla, coffee or tea, orange juice and rye or whiskey, if using. (If you measure your oil before the honey, it will be easier to get all of the honey out.)
3. Using a strong wire whisk or in an electric mixer on slow speed, stir together well to make a thick, well-blended batter, making sure that no ingredients are stuck to the bottom.
4. Spoon batter into the prepared cake pans. Sprinkle top of cakes evenly with almonds, if using. Place cake pan(s) on two baking sheets, stacked together (this will ensure the cakes bake properly with the bottom baking faster than the cake interior and top).
5. Bake until cake tests done, that is, it springs back when you gently touch the cake center, 40-75 minutes.
6. Let cake stand fifteen minutes before removing from pan.