Honey Cake Happiness
Realtors will sometimes claim that the smell of bread baking will help to sell a house. Maybe. If the fresh yeasty aroma of homemade bread can move houses, a homespun honey cake can surely smooth over the tedious bumps of everyday life.
A slab of fresh-baked homemade honey cake melts the cold right off a surprisingly snowy Minnesota April day. While the spring of 2013 pouts like the little train that couldn’t make it up the hill, a honey cake can get everyone back on track, at least for a little while.
The soothing scent of earth-spiced honey in a cake saturated with browned butter and caramelized sugar can rejuvenate a soul. The simple pleasure of comfort food has a way to transform a wayward day for the better.
This recipe has been a family favorite for years. It is a snap to put together with basic ingredients and a joy to eat. Honey cake is just the thing to make on a weary winter day. No extra trip to the grocery store for that off-beat ingredient is required.
Homespun Twinkie-Like Richness
Honey cake has an altra-moist crumb like a home cook improved Twinkie. Each bite brings together a light and fluffy buttery combination of summer perfumed honey that dances on the tongue like bees buzzing through thick dog day afternoon breezes.
What beauty bees bring to the world in the form of their earthy sugary scented honey. Cook up some of that sweet-smelling field of clover fragrance into a honey cake. It is possible to bake the sultry flavor of summer into a cake. Solstice sunshine beams from every crumb of honey cake.
To seal in all of that melt in your mouth goodness, top off honey cake with a marshmallow-like, light as air layer of butter cream frosting. Your honey cake transformation will be complete.
Honey Cake Recipe
What a great way to enjoy honey and other on-hand kitchen staples! For a stronger, more molasses-like flavor use buckwheat honey. This simple cake has a comforting, homey taste.2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon cinnamon Pinch of salt 1/2 cup salted butter, at room temperature 1 cup honey 1 egg 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2/3 cup buttermilk 1/2 cup salted butter, at room temperature 2 cups powdered sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Heavy cream, optional
Cake: Grease and flour 9 x 12 baking pan. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Set aside.
In another large bowl, use a mixer to cream butter then slowly add honey, egg and vanilla extract. In four additions add flour mixture and buttermilk. Do not over mix. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 35 minutes or until done. The cake will have a slight tinged edged outline of darker brown. Do not over bake.
Frosting: Using a mixer beat butter until fluffy. Carefully add powdered sugar and vanilla extract on low speed, and whip a few minutes until creamy on high speed. If needed to make the frosting more speadable, add a tablespoon or two of heavy cream. Top thoroughly cooled cake with frosting.