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Eggless Honey Spice Cake

I’ve never cooked with honey. Let alone cook, I’ve never even taken honey – the healthier sweetener seriously. Maybe the fact that it is sticky & messy kept me away from it all this while. When I was supposed to cook with Honey for my AGC post this week, I took to the internet to read about the benefits of honey. The more I read, the more I realized how much better than sugar honey really is. Did you know that the organic acids, protein, nitrogen elements, enzymes and vitamins in the sugar cane are destroyed in the manufacturing of regular sugar? Honey, which is subject to much less processing retains all its ‘good’ properties and has beneficial antioxidant and antimicrobial properties which are not present in table sugar! And it proved to be an excellent ingredient to bake with! I had a hard time zeroing in on a perfect recipe. I tried a few others with honey, none of which impressed me. (& I obviously wouldn’t share anything below excellent with ya ;) ) But this cake is something else! I knew it would be a delicious success even before I conceived the idea in my mind! :P I haven’t added too much of oil nor diary. And yet, this cake has a wonderfully spongy texture. The spices, lemon zest & dry fruits were perfect additions to the cake. Try something different —

Here’s what you’re gonna need -

Preheat the oven to 150 C / 300 F

Grease & Line an 8 inch cake pan.

Squeeze the juice of half of a small lemon & grate the yellow skin all over to get the zest. Mix them & set aside.

Mix together & sift the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt & spices – TWICE. Passing the mixture through a sieve twice ensure the flour is lump free & incorporates air into it making it perfect for a spongy texture.

Add the chopped dry fruits & nuts

Mix well & set aside

Add oil & honey to a mixing bowl.

Beat well until well incorporated.

Add the plain yogurt (curd) and lemon juice + zest

Again, beat beat to form a smooth wet mixture.

Add the dry ingredients in batches

Mix well to make sure the flour is well incorporated. If the mixture is too thick, add a few drops of water & mix.

Pour into the greased & lined cake pan.

Bake in 150 C oven for 30 minutes or until it is fully cooked through. (Remember – the smaller the cake, the quicker it gets cooked. For this amount of batter, it should be done between 20-30 minutes. Keep an eye out)

Let it cool completely. Slice & serve.

4.5 from 2 reviews

Eggless Honey Spice Cake
 
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Serves: 8 inch cake
Ingredients
  • 1 cup All Purpose Flour
  • ⅓ cup Honey (more if you need it sweeter) (maple syrup for a vegan cake)
  • ¼ cup chopped Nuts & Dry fruits (optional)
  • 2 Tbsp plain Yogurt / Curd (use soy yogurt for vegan version)
  • 6 TBsp Vegetable Oil
  • ½ tsp Baking Powder
  • ¼ tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp Spice (any – cinnamon, cardamom, clove, nutmeg – or a mixture of all)
  • Zest of half a lime + its juice
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 150 C / 300 F
  2. Grease & Line an 8 inch cake pan.
  3. Squeeze the juice of half of a small lemon & grate the yellow skin all over to get the zest. Mix them & set aside.
  4. Mix together & sift the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt & spices – TWICE. Passing the mixture through a sieve twice ensure the flour is lump free & incorporates air into it making it perfect for a spongy texture.
  5. Add the chopped dry fruits & nuts. Mix well & set aside
  6. Add oil & honey to a mixing bowl; beat well until well incorporated.
  7. Add the plain yogurt (curd) and lemon juice + zest and beat well to form a smooth wet mixture.
  8. Add the dry ingredients in batches
  9. Mix well to make sure the flour is well incorporated. If the mixture is too thick, add a few drops of water & mix. – Check for the sweetness & add more if you want.
  10. Pour into the greased & lined cake pan.
  11. Bake in 150 C oven for 30 minutes or until it is fully cooked through. (Remember – the smaller the cake, the quicker it gets cooked. For this amount of batter, it should be done between 20-30 minutes. Keep an eye out)
  12. Let it cool completely. Slice & serve.

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  • Me June 3, 2013, 1:01 pm

    Loved the cake, turned out pretty well. These amounts makes a very small cake, which was fine for me as I wanted to try it out first. I know I’ll be making it again.

    It’s less of a fruit cake, more of a honey-spice cake – the amount of fruit and nuts is very little. I put in twice the amount, but that was still less than I would have liked.

    Just one error in your ingredients – you’ve put in baking powder twice, when one should be baking soda. How much of each should it be?

    Thanks for this recipe.

    • Kavitha | Foodomania June 3, 2013, 1:27 pm

      Hello!!

      Yea I usually make very tiny cakes for 2 reasons: 1) Don’t wanna over indulge! :D 2) What if it turns out bad & noone eats it!!

      And I just put in the fruits n nuts for extra texture. And I don’t like a lot of ‘em in my cake! But its great that you liked it. Did you happen to click any pictures of it? :) I’d love for you to share it on my Facebook wall.

      And thank you so much for bringing the error to my notice! I’ve corrected the recipe. When in doubt, always use more of baking powder & less of baking soda! :)

  • Runnergirlinthekitchen January 21, 2013, 8:48 pm

    A delicious combination of ingredients and perfect for my vegetarian friends

  • Amelia January 20, 2013, 1:02 pm

    Hi Kavi, this cake sure look very delicious and tempting. love the texture, very nice. YUMMY!

    Have a nice weekend, regards.

  • Padmini January 18, 2013, 10:19 am

    This is an amazing cake!!

  • renu January 17, 2013, 1:14 pm

    Honey cake! sounds yumm…

  • Gajus Kitchen January 17, 2013, 12:10 am

    lovely cake with honey and the spices..yummy

  • Rashida Shaikh January 16, 2013, 10:48 pm

    Honey work as wonder and it has a healing power.
    It’s nice to see you have baked a honey cake.

  • meena January 16, 2013, 7:19 pm

    wow now this is something i would love to try and looks so good

  • Anu January 16, 2013, 5:51 pm

    Wow so perfect with honey

  • Priya Sreeram January 16, 2013, 11:02 am

    the honeyed cake looks delish kavi; glad you liked it

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