Honey Cake

Honey cake is very moist and spongy. This is soaked in sugar/honey syrup, hence the name :). Bangalore has some really fantastic local bakeries who prepare fresh baked goods in the evening everyday. We had to get there early enough to get a hold of all the fresh bakes for the evening. These were small bakeries that were owned and operated by a couple of people. These stores had in-house kitchens with ovens and all the goodies were baked there. If one was friends with the owner, he would save a piece or two of the fresh bakes for you when requested ahead of time :). We have a few of our favorites in these bakeries, honey cake is one among them. My family loves this cake especially as there is coconut topping.

Made the basic cake using the hot milk cakeย recipe from Akshatha and soaked the cake in sugar syrup, topped it with a thin layer of jam and shredded coconut. Also realized that its been 2 years since I started this blog.. More reason to celebrate and eat cake ๐Ÿ™‚

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Ingredients

for cake
all purpose flour 1 cup
baking powder 1 tsp
salt 1/4 tsp
sugar 3/4 cup
eggs 2 @ room temperature
vanilla extract 1 tsp
milk 1/2 cup
unsalted butter 2 tbsp

for sugar syrup
sugar 1/2 cup
water 1 1/4 cup

for topping
jam 1/2 cup or more
shredded coconut 1/4 cup

Method

for cake
Preheat oven to 350 F.
Grease and dust flour in a 9 inch round pan.
Whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Keep aside.
Heat milk and butter until the butter melts. Keep aside but keep it hot.
Beat with an electric mixer or whisk, the sugar, vanilla and eggs until light and fluffy (about triple in volume)
Note: took about 2-3 mins with high speed
Whisk in the flour mixture.
Whisk in the hot milk-butter mixture.
Pour batter into prepared pan , tap against counter and bake for 30 minutes until cake springs back when touched on top .
Note: when cake is done, the top will be browned and edges will come away from the pan.
Cool in pan for 5 minutes and then carefully invert out.
Cool right side up on a wire rack.

for sugar syrup
Heat water and sugar on medium flame, till the sugar dissolves.
Set aside and let it cool completely.

for topping
In a pan add the jam, warm (for about 1-2 mins on stove top) the jam till the texture is smooth.

assembling the cake
Once the cake is cooled completely, drizzle the sugar syrup on all the parts of the cake uniformly.
Soak it well, so it remains moist when sliced.
Spread the warmed jam evenly on the cake.
Sprinkle shredded coconut and slice.
Enjoy the utterly moist cake !

Note: The syrup to soak the cake can be made with honey instead of sugar. Use the same quantity of honey as sugar and make the syrup.
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