17th C. Honey Cake

National Trust Honey Cake
National Trust Honey Cake

Taken from the National Trust’s Teatime Recipes, Seventeenth Century Honey  Cake its a good way to use up honey that’s past its best. I’m not sure how authentic cream cheese icing is and as the cake can carry itself, I might leave it off in the future.

Ingredients
  • 6 oz (168 grm). butter, softened
  • 6 oz (168 grm). caster sugar
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 6 oz (168 grm). self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp (5 ml). baking powder
  • 1 tbsp (15 ml). clear honey
  • a few drops of almond essence
Glaze:

  • 1 tbsp (15 ml). clear honey
  • 1-1/2 lemons, juice only
Icing:

  • 5-1/2 oz (154 grm). cream cheese
  • 6 oz (168 grm). icing (confectioner’s) sugar, sifted
  • crystallized rose petals to decorate
16thC Honey Cake
Preparation
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees (80 C.) or gas mark 4.
  2. Grease and line a 7 inch round baking tin.
  3. Beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  4. Add the eggs, sifted flour and baking powder and beat hard.
  5. Add the honey and almond essence and continue beating for another 2 minutes.
  6. Turn into the tin and bake for 1 – 1 1/4 hours.
  7. After the first half hour of baking, cover the top with greaseproof paper to prevent the cake from burning on top.
  8. Remove the cake from the oven.
Glaze:

  1. Mix together the honey and the juice of 1 lemon.
  2. Pierce the cake with a thin skewer all over the surface, then pour this mixture over.
  3. Leave the cake to cool in the tin, then turn it out.
Icing:

  1. Beat together the cream cheese, remaining lemon juice and icing sugar.
  2. Spread evenly over the cake.
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