This week was Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year, and it is an old school tradition to eat Honey Cake.
I grew up eating honey cake, and I am sure many people did as well, so my sister and I (we both live in Australia) asked our mum (that lives in Brazil but it's currently spending some time in Africa) to send us the traditional recipe.
So now, here is the thing. My mum makes cake for living, so you would expect a top notch detailed perfect recipe right? Oh boy, I was so wrong. She basically sent me a computer scribble: Put this and that and put it in the blender. That was it.
My sister did the recipe as is, she called my mother to ask her for details and timings. However my sister is not much of a baker. The cake was ok (According to my husband, I didn't try it).
I read the recipe and decided to adjust to what I think it's right, not much changes I must say, but a bit of less sugar and more spices and I must say, everyone had seconds, so success. It's a simple recipe anyway.
I also added this very little chocolate topping, but I have other few suggestions.
The nuts are options in this recipe. I didn't put any, but they would be a nice addition. The cake is already quite nutty and I think it's because of the black tea.
Also, the original recipe asks for 1 cup of sugar. I added 1/2 only and my cake was good but not utterly sweet. Whatever rock your boat.
Leikach Cake - Honey cake
3 cups of flour
1/2 cup of sugar
1 cup of oil
1 cup of honey
1 cup of black tea / english tea - cooled
1 tsp cinnamon
Good pinch of ginger
Good pinch of Nutmeg
Pinch of turmeric
a small small touch of cayenne pepper (Optional)
1 tsp bicarb
1 tbsp baking powder
1 apple chopped (If you are using a Stand mixed than you will need the apple to be shredded or purred)
Chopped Nuts. Optional.
Pre-heat over to 180º - Prepare a cake tin - I used a Bundt tin.
On a large bowl, add flour, spices, bicarb and baking powder and give it a little whisk to break lumps and mix the ingredients
On a blender, Or stand mixer (I used the Nutri Ninja), mix the other ingredients (Without the nuts) until well incorporated.
Make a well in the middle of the bowl, add the wets and mix until incorporated. As I used the Nutri Ninja, I actually left the tea out, and added in here.
Also, if using nuts, that's the time to add them.
Bake until a skewer comes out dry. Something between 35 and 50 minutes. On my oven was around the 45 min mark.
I just microwaved a bit of honey and then added 2 chocolate buttons, which melt on the hot honey and I added to the top of the cake, to give it extra honey flavour.
You can use Pomegranate Arils, sugar Glaze, sugar and lemons, honey and nuts...the possibilities are infinite.