Honey Cake with Cardamom - Dairy
- 3 cups
cake flour ** see below
- 1 tbl.
- 2 tsp.
- 1/2 tsp.
- 3/4 cup
- 1/2 cup
unsalted butter, softened
- 3/4 cup
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup
For the Syrup:
1/3 cup honey
1/3 cup hot water
For the Cream:
2 cups whipping cream
1/4 cup orange blossom
1: Mix the flour, baking powder, cardamom
2: In a separate bowl, beat three-quarter
cup of honey and butter at medium speed two
3: Slowly add sugar, and continue beating
4: Add eggs one at a time, beating until
each is mixed in well (about 1 minute).
5: Finally, add the dry ingredients a bit at
a time, alternating with milk (end with dry
6: Spread evenly in 13x9 inch greased pan
(nonstick spray works well) and bake 45
minutes at 325 degrees (F) (it's done when a
toothpick inserted in center comes out
7: Let cool for ten minutes.
8: Prepare the syrup by mixing the two
9: Poke holes in the cake (to the bottom)
and gently brush the cake with syrup.
10: Leave to cool completely.
11: Prepare the cream by beating the
whipping cream at medium-high speed until
soft peaks form.
12: Add the orange blossom honey and beating
until just blended.
13: Serve cake with cream and enjoy!
** All purpose flour is the standard flour
for home baking, but if you like to bake,
Cake Flour should be a staple in your
kitchen. Cake flour is a low protein flour
that is made from soft winter wheat. It has
a protein content of about 8% and is usually
bleached, which gives it a very fine texture
and a very light color. Because it has such
a fine texture, cake flour should be sifted
before incorporating it into a recipe to
As the name suggests, cake flour is great
for making cakes and other baked goods
because it gives you a very tender result.
This is because it has such a low protein
content compared to other flours (all
purpose is usually around 10%) and less
gluten forms when you mix it into a batter,
producing a cake with a fine, soft, even
crumb. Although all purpose flour can yileld
a great cake, there is generally a
noticeable difference in the texture between
a cake made with all purpose flour and one
made with cake flour. You can make any kind
of cake with cake flour, but it is commonly
flour in white cakes and in angel food
cakes, both of which are known for having a
There are many recipes that specifically
call flour cake flour, but you can
substitute it into a recipe that calls for
all purpose flour, too. Use 1 cup of cake
flour plus 2 tablespoons for each cup of all
purpose flour called for. By the same token,
you can substitute all purpose flour for
cake flour in a pinch by using 1 cup of all
purpose flour minus 2 tablespoons for each
cup of cake flour called for in a recipe.
Still, it is best just to use cake flour
instead of approximating it if you want to
get the best results from your recipes.