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Honey Cake

Time: 10 minutes prep; 10 seconds in the Thermomix (plus 10 minutes for syrup); 30 minutes baking
Yield: 10-12 serves

In many Jewish families, a honey cake is part of the new year festive tradition: it is said to bring the promise of a sweet year ahead. There are as many recipes as there are cooks—TMix+ writer Rita Erlich makes a version that includes cocoa—and for every adult who recalls their grandmother’s sticky, spicy Rosh Hashanah cake with a sigh of pleasure there will be another who groans at the memory of the dry slice of stodge ritually dished up each year. This cake falls firmly into the first category and the drizzle of orange-scented honey syrup gives the lightly spicy cake a deliciously sticky crust.

There’s no need to wait for the new year: this is a lovely cake for any celebration. With its crown of glistening almonds it sparkles in the light and looks suitably festive atop a pretty cake stand. Baking in a ring tin is traditional and ensures an evenly cooked result. Because it is a dairy-free cake (in the Kosher tradition, meat and dairy are not served at the same meal) it makes a good choice for the lactose-intolerant. It is intensely sweet and you will need only a small piece. 

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Honey Cake
Ingredients
80 grams flaked almonds
200 grams white sugar
10 grams orange zest, orange juice reserved
150 grams self-raising flour
150 grams plain flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon mixed spice
1 pinch ground cloves
2 eggs
90 grams vegetable oil
210 grams honey
200 grams boiling water
teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
Syrup
200 grams honey
1 juice of one orange
Method

Thoroughly grease a 22-centimetre ring tin. Heat oven to 175C fan-forced. 

Spread the flaked almonds (for syrup) on a tray and toast in the oven until golden, about 5 minutes. Set aside.

Place the sugar and orange zest into the Thermomix bowl. Mix 2 seconds/Turbo and repeat if necessary; the zest should be well incorporated.

Add all the other ingredients in the order listed and mix 10 seconds/speed 7 to create a pourable batter.

Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and bake in the centre of the oven for 30 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. (Make the syrup while the cake is baking.)

Allow the cake to settle for 5 minutes or so, then remove it from the tin on to a wire cooling rack. Set the rack over a tray or plate to catch any drips. 

Spoon a little less than half the hot honey syrup over the cake. Add the toasted almonds to the remaining syrup in the Thermomix bowl, swirl them through, and spoon this over the cake, making sure it is all used to form a thick almond crust.

Honey Syrup

While the cake is in the oven, make the syrup. Squeeze the juice from the orange into the (clean) Thermomix bowl, it should weigh about 80 grams. Add 200 grams of honey and cook 10 minutes/Varoma/speed 1—if the mixture starts to boil up on to the lid, turn up to speed 2.5

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2 Comments

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Melanie 3 years 5 months ago

This was a perfect cake to take to a baby shower, sweet but sophisticated, with a special traditional meaning too.

It did prove to me that I need a new oven, as mine took a lot longer than the recipe said it should!

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TMixPlus Team 3 years 5 months ago

Thanks for your kind words Melanie. We're so glad it was a success.

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