Cooking With Honey – Southern Coca Cola And Honey Bundt Cake

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coca cola bundt cake

You know you’re from the North if you’ve never heard of using soft drinks to make cakes moist, light and absolutely delicious! There are 7-Up cakes, Mountain Dew Cakes, and  Root Beer Cakes, but the most famous of all are the Coca Cola cakes. This cake was one of my beloved Mother’s specialties!

Most people are surprised that this cake doesn’t taste like Coke. The soft drink is there to enhance the chocolate flavor and make the cake texture so divine. Make this cake the night before serving to let the flavors intensify.

Yield:   One 10-inch Bundt cake

Ingredients:

For the cake:

1 stick unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch cubes

2 cups flour, plus more for dusting pan

2 cups Coca Cola (not diet!!)

1 cup dark cocoa powder

1¼ cups honey

1¼ teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

2 large eggs

For the frosting:

2 ounces 60% chocolate, melted and slightly cooled

½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature

1 teaspoon salt

¼ cup Coca Cola

2/3 cup dark cocoa powder

2½ cups confectioners’ sugar

Directions:

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Butter and flour a 10-inch Bundt pan.

In a small saucepan over medium heat, heat butter, Coca Cola and cocoa powder until butter is completely melted. Add honey and whisk until dissolved. Remove mixture from heat and set aside to cool.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt.

In a small bowl, whisk eggs until just beaten, then whisk into cooled cocoa mixture until combined. Gently fold flour mixture into chocolate mixture. Do not overbeat. Mixture will be slightly lumpy.

Pour mixture into Bundt pan and bake, rotating pan halfway through baking, until a toothpick inserted into cake comes out clean, 35-45 minutes.

Remove from oven and let cake cool in pan. Once completely cool, use a knife to gently loosen sides of cake from pan and invert onto a cooling rack.

Make frosting: Place all ingredients in a food processor and pulse in short bursts until frosting is shiny and smooth. If necessary, thin with 1-2 tablespoons whole milk, pulsing to combine.

Use a spatula to spread frosting in a thick layer over top of cake. Let frosting set before serving.

Enjoy dessert Southern Style !!

Mary Todd Lincoln’s Honey, Almond And Vanilla Cake

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This is supposedly the cake that Mary Todd used to win Abe Lincoln’s heart. The original recipe didn’t call for honey, but it definitely improves the taste and texture of this rich pound cake.

Ingredients

1 cup almond flour

1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks)

1 cup honey

1 cup granulated sugar

3 cups all-purpose flour

3 teaspoons baking powder

pinch of baking soda

3/4 cup milk

6 eggs, separated (best when eggs are cold)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Confectioners’ sugar

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a Bundt cake pan.

With an electric beater or stand mixer, cream butter ,honey and sugar until light yellow in color and fluffy.

Sift flour, baking powder and baking soda three times. Fold flour mix into creamed butter, honey and sugar, alternating with milk, until well blended. Stir in almond flour and beat well.

In a separate bowl, beat egg whites until they have stiff, firm peaks. (Use egg yolks for another use  Beaters and bowl must be washed and dried thoroughly before whipping egg whites or they will not stiffen properly. Fold egg whites gently into batter with a rubber spatula. Add vanilla extract.

Pour batter into prepared bundt pan and bake for one hour, or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.

Cool for at least 20 minutes before inverting, then allow to completely cool before serving. Sift confectioners’ sugar on top.

Makes about 12 slices.

Honey Caramel Apple Cake

This cake tastes like an old-fashioned caramel apple. Delicious!!

Ingredients

Cake:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/3 cups honey, plus 1/4 cup for the apples
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground apple or pumpkin pie spice blend
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon fine salt
  • 4 large golden delicious apples, peeled, cored, and roughly chopped (about 5 cups)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • Finely grated zest from 1 orange
  • Juice of 1 orange (about 1/3 cup)
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

Caramel Glaze:

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup pecans, toasted and roughly chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch salt
  • Special equipment: 10 cup bundt pan

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Generously butter and flour the bundt pan.

Whisk the flour, 1 teaspoon of the pie spice, the baking powder, baking soda, and salt together in a large bowl.

Toss the apples with 1/4 cup of the honey and 1/2 teaspoon pie spice and set aside.

Whisk the eggs, remaining honey and oil together in another bowl. Whisk in the sour cream, orange zest and juice, and vanilla. Pour the egg mixture into the dry ingredients and stir with a wooden spoon just until combined but still a bit lumpy.

Using a slotted spoon, scatter about 1/2 cup of the apples in the bottom of the bundt pan. Put about 1/3 of the batter on top. Repeat, alternating with the remaining apples and batter, ending with the batter.

Bake the cake until it pulls away for the sides of the pan and a skewer inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Cool 10 minutes and invert onto a rack placed over a baking sheet. Cool. (The cake can be prepared to this point a day ahead.)

To make the caramel: Stir the sugar, honey, and 2 tablespoons water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat and cook, swirling the pan but not stirring, until the sugar is dark amber-colored caramel, about 10 minutes. Pull pan from the heat and carefully pour in the cream (take care, it will splatter). Stir in the pecans, vanilla, and salt. Cool until caramel becomes thick and syrupy, then evenly pour over the cake and cool until set.

Honey Chocolate Whiskey Bundt Cake

It’s snowing here today in Southern Ohio, and spring seems far away. It’s too cold to putter about in the garden or visit my bees. It’s one of those days when only a cup of tea and some chocolate will lift my spirits.

Honey and chocolate are divine together. Add a little whiskey and you’ve got yourself a winning dessert!

I hope you like this cake as much as I do.

1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (not Dutch-process) plus 3 tablespoons for dusting pan
1 1/4 cups brewed coffee
1/2 cup Bourbon whiskey
2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 1/2 cup honey
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla

Special equipment: a 10-inch bundt pan (3 1/4 inches deep; 3-qt capacity)

Accompaniment: lightly sweetened whipped cream

Garnish: confectioners sugar for dusting

Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Butter bundt pan well, then dust with 3 tablespoons cocoa powder, knocking out excess.

Heat coffee, whiskey, butter, and remaining cup cocoa powder in a 3-quart heavy saucepan over moderate heat, whisking, until butter is melted. Remove from heat, then add honey and whisk until dissolved, about 1 minute. Transfer mixture to a large bowl and cool 5 minutes.

While chocolate mixture cools, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. Whisk together eggs and vanilla in a small bowl, then whisk into cooled chocolate mixture until combined well. Add flour mixture and whisk until just combined (batter will be thin and bubbly). Pour batter into bundt pan and bake until a wooden pick or skewer inserted in center comes out clean, 40 to 50 minutes.

Cool cake completely in pan on a rack, about 2 hours. Loosen cake from pan using tip of dinner knife, then invert rack over pan and turn cake out onto rack. Garnish with confectioners sugar when cool. Serve with whipped cream, if desired.

Serves 12-14