Autumn Solstice Honey Cake with Mega Kiwi
What better way to celebrate the arrival of Autumn September 23) than with a honey cake?
Another summer has come to a close, and with it the promise of cool mornings and shorter days. One of my favorite things about fall is all of the good food that comes with it! This honey cake with Mega Kiwi and other fresh fruits is no exception!
These cakes were traditionally made in Celtic nations such as Wales, Scotland, and Ireland during harvest months to celebrate their good bounty. They'd commonly be eaten with fresh fruit and milk.
Recently my family did a DNA test to find a more in depth study of our family history. We found we have Scottish and Welsh in our blood, which we had never known before. Hence my current obsession with learning more about their cultures!
Here's What you need:
-3 cups all-purpose flour
-3/4 tablespoon baking powder
-1/2 teaspoon baking soda
-3/4 cups sugar
-1 teaspoon salt
-1/4 cup honey
-2 sticks butter (softened)
-1 cup milk
-1 tablespoon vanilla extract
-oil or cooking spray to grease mold
-fresh fruit - I used Mega Kiwi, pears, and grapes
*Note - you will have an excess of batter. I reserve 8-9 cupcakes worth of batter and bake them separately after I have finished baking the cake.
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees for 30-35 min. Lower if your oven runs hot. Grease your silicone honeycomb cake mold.
2. Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in one bowl. Set aside.
3. Cream butter and sugar together until fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time. Add honey. Beat in vanilla.
4. Slowly add flour mixture, alternating with the milk. Beat until just smooth.
5. Place cake mold on cookie sheet for support during baking. Pour batter into greased cake mold and put in preheated oven.
6. Watch it! Honey caramelizes a lot faster than sugar. Bake until you can plunge a fork into the cake and it comes out clean.
7. Allow to cool for at least 1.5 hours before removing. Remove carefully from mold by placing another cookie sheet on the “cake side” of the mold and then flipping both cookies over. Gently pull off the mold and see how you did!
8. serve with milk and fresh fruit, I used Mega Kiwi, Pears, and grapes