Wednesday, August 31, 2011

"Orange Blossoms" Honey Cake With Blueberries

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Day7 of BM8: I am probably the last one to be posting this.I should have posted this like a couple of days ago. But power outage, wedding anniversary and my Picasa database crash kind of delayed things. Late but never too late. :-). But I saved the best for the last and it is well worth the wait!

This cake is really one of the best tasting cakes I have ever baked. What makes this cake special is the "Orange Blossoms" honey. That divine honey and the succulent blueberries are a truly irresistible combo and I have to thank Zoe Francois of Zoe Bakes for sharing this wonderful recipe at her space. Once I came across this cake recipe, I have been on the hunt for this honey. When I got hold if it, I couldn't wait to give the winning recipe a try! And I didn't have to change a thing about the recipe except for the spice mix-I used all-spice instead of mace powder.This cake is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser! No ifs or buts about it!

So this is the round-up of what I posted for this edition of BM:
The stars of this cake:
Ingredients(For 8-10 Servings):
  • 3 Cups Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 Sticks Unsalted Butter, at room temperature
  • 1 Cup Orange Blossoms Honey, I used Dutch Gold brand
  • 2 Cups Fresh or Frozen Blueberries
  • 1/4 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 4 Large Eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 Tbsp Baking Powder
  • 2 Tbsp Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
  • 1 Tbsp All-purpose Flour, to prep the bundt pan and to dust the blueberries
  • 1-1/2 Tbsp Lemon Zest
  • 1/2 tsp All-Spice or Ground Mace or Ground Nutmeg, I used All-spice
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
For the Glaze:
  • 10" Bundt Pan
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Add Honey, Butter and Sugar to a bowl/stand-mixer bowl.
  • Cream them together at medium speed till they are pale yellow in color.
  • Add the eggs one by one to the honey-butter mixture and slowly incorporate.
  • Add the lemon zest and the lemon juice. Stir to combine.
  • Sift the flour, baking powder and all-spice in a large wide bowl.Stir in the salt
  • Add the flour mixture in batches and mix only till its combined. Don't over work the mixture.
  • Dust the blueberries with a little flour and fold it into the batter with a silicone spatula.
  • Grease the pan with little butter. Dust it with little flour. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.Level it with the spatula.
  • Bake for about 55 minutes or until the toothpick inserted into center comes clean.
  • Let the cake rest for 5-10 minutes. Flip it into a dish and prick it with a toothpick at several places on the top.
  • Smear the glaze slowly and continue to do so until all of the glaze it absorbed.
  • Let it sit and soak all the wonderful glaze for atleast 4-5 hours. If you refrigerate overnight bring it back to room temperature before serving the cake. The cake tastes best at room temperature.
  • Serve it with a warm cup of tea or coffee.

PS: I wish all my Hindu readers a very Happy Vinayagar Chathurthi. Some dishes made on the auspicious day: Steamed Sweet Dumplings and Sundal.

Steamed Sweet Dumplings -- Kozhukattai/Modak
Sundal: Chickpea Sundal With Raw Mango Chunks and Grated Carrot Sundal: Chickpea Sundal With Lemon Juice, Lemon Zest and a hint of Mint
For this week's "Black and White Wednesday" at Susan's:
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  1. yummy..This looks so delicious...I should try this soon...Thanks for your recipe...

  2. beautiful! Never came across the 'orange blossoms' honey ..shall look out the next time!

  3. Wow... beautiful cake... loved the glaze part very much :)
    Krithi's Kitchen

  4. wow, that bread looks awesome, great color and those blueberries peeking out, amazing !!!

  5. Cake looks super gorgeous,spongy and incredible soft..

  6. the cake looks scrumptious!!.. orange blossoms honey sounds good to get the orangy flavor in!...yum!

  7. wonder if will get that honey...n wud have to try n make it eggless..but this sure is v tempting!!

  8. I so wish to have a big slice of that delicious fruity cake. Yum!

  9. Gorgeous cake and yummy prasadam. ?Lovely clicks, as usual.

  10. Blueberry cake looks divine. So perfect and yumm..

  11. Very flavorful and yummy looking cake.. Enjoy your long weekend CL.

  12. A perfect production :) Cake looks moist and fab -I am a sucker for blueberries!

  13. A beautiful cake and lovely recipes! Now, I'm hungry.



  14. I believe you when you say "crowd pleaser." Now I want some *and* some of that puffed-up bread slathered in ghee - a great sepia shot for BWW. Thanks, Cool Lassie. (I'm catching up w/ last week's commenting.)

  15. Nice recipe and clicks CL:)....i so love that sundal too :)


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