Friday, May 4, 2012

Honey Walnut Cakes

"Honey burns more quickly than sugar!" - as Lauren Chattman describes this recipe in her book. To counter this, I have chosen to bake this cake in its miniature form and know that I wouldn't have this problem as the inside of smaller cakes will be "cooked" quickly without having their surfaces burnt.

These honey walnut cakes are very moist and delicious! They are actually very versatile to eat and great even on their own. For extra finishes, I have dressed them with 1) icing sugar 2) drizzle of honey 3) home-roasted honey walnuts or 4) both honey and home-roasted honey walnuts and they are all very delicious!

My family love eating freshly roasted nuts and I have been roasting the nuts according to this nice and simple recipe from Australian GoodFood magazine. Believe me... whenever I honey-roast any macadamia or walnuts at home, they are gone very quickly. When I honey-roasted a small batch of walnuts for this bake, the walnuts were gone before the cakes were finished!

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honey walnut cakes

I had lots of fun making the cakes...
And dressing them...

Here are the recipes. (with my modification in blue)

Honey Walnut Cake from the book, Cake Keeper Cakes by Lauren Chattman

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1 1/2 cup walnut pieces
1/3 cup sugar
1 cup unbleached all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
6 tbsp honey
3 large eggs
1 tsp grated lemon zest
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Confectioner's sugar

Preheat oven to 350°F (or 160°C fan forced). Grease a 9-inch round cake pan. Line the bottom of the pan with a circle of parchment paper. Grease the parchment. Dust the pan sides and parchment with flour.
(Instead of a 9-inch round cake pan, I've lined the bottom of 24-hole standard - 30ml capacity muffin pan with a circle of baking paper and used rice bran oil spray to grease the baking paper and sides of each muffin holes.)

Spread walnuts in a single layer on a baking sheet and toast until fragrant, 8-10 min. Let it cool completely.

Combine the cooled walnuts and 1 tbsp of sugar in the bowl of a food processor and process until the nuts are finely ground. Add the flour, baking powder, and salt and pulse until combine.

Add the butter, honey and remaining sugar to the large mixing bowl and beat on medium high speed until smooth, about 2 min, scraping down the sides of the bowl once or twice as necessary. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl after each addition. Beat in the zest and vanilla. Add the nut and flour mixture, 1/2 cup at a time, and mix until just incorporated.

Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and smooth with a spatula. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out dry 35 to 40 min. If the cake starts to brown too much around the edges, loosely tent it with foil after 25 min. (I baked my mini cakes for 13-15 min and didn't need to cover the cakes with any foil.)

Let the cake cool in the pan for 10 min, invert it onto a wire rack, and then turn it right side up again to cool completely. Dust heavily with confectioner's sugar before cutting into wedges (I didn't have to do this because mine are mini cakes) and serving.

Store uneaten cake in a cake keeper or wrap in plastic and store at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Note: Using 1/3 of the recipe, I've made 11 of these bite-sized cakes.

Honey Roasted Nuts from Australian GoodFood magazine, June 2011 issue 

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Combine 2 tbsp honey (+ 2 tbsp raw sugar), 2 tbsp olive oil and 1 tsp salt. Add 400g whole macadamias (or walnuts). Toss to coat. Spread over a greased, lined baking tray. Bake in a 180°C or 160°C fan forced oven for 15 min until golden. Cool and serve.

To finish, assemble the cakes all according to the way you like...

Happy Baking

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48 comments:

  1. Oooh these look delicious!! I like the ones with the drizzle of honey as I absolutely love that stuff. Coincidentally, AlphaBakes for this month is "H" so would be perfect if you wanted to link up :) http://carolinemakes.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/alphabakes-challenge-may-2012.html

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    1. We are happy to link up with AlphaBakes with this cake recipes. Will coordinate the link by Monday :D

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  2. What a neat idea. Somehow I missed this but I want to join along next time!

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  3. Zoe, your honey walnut cake looks so lovely in miniature.
    My kids and I love walnut and honey..
    Will try this ...^^

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  4. love these cakes look awesome!!!

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  5. Totally yummy, and addictive!

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  6. Totally yummy, and addictive!

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  7. Your kids sure are happy kids. Can eat this cake in 4 different ways. So intersting.

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  8. love the one with honey walnuts! and i'm envious of the nuts you get over in aussie! i always stock up on them when I'm there.

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  9. I just love the look of these cute little cakes! And you can't go wrong with honey and walnut. I bet the flavor is fantastic! :)

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  10. These look so yummy, Zoe! Roasted nuts are so tasty, and we love honey too! I just made some banana bread using honey:)

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  11. Hi Zoe, I wanted to make them into cupcakes too, but decided to bake them in original form! This is a lovely cake and I like that you served these with sweetened walnuts, I think I would finish the walnuts too instead of the cake! Glad to know that both you and Lena enjoyed this moist and tender cake! Looking forward to the next bake! :)

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  12. Great idea to bale in mini cupcakes! The size itself will attract the kiddos. ;) not to mention this combo is really nice, honey and nuts, yum!

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  13. Looks yummy and a plus point in baking in muffin tin is there is no cutting required and faster baking time, safe electricity:D

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  14. Looks delicious....I love cup cake.
    http://zariafrozrecipes.blogspot.com/

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  15. the mini cakes look so cute and delicious...:)

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  16. These cakes are so fantastic!! :)

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  17. Zoe, u just came back from holiday and u r not jet lag and already started to bake things...way to go! Really salute you. Honey walnut cake really is a cake that I would bake some more..

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  18. Zoe, these are so yummy and beautiful!! I love honey on the to together with walnuts...
    Have a nice week end

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  19. Hey Zoe , welcome back ! I love your topping variations ! These cakes looks so moist and delicious ! Definitely a winner :)

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  20. i really like these cakes, i find that the taste of honey in the cakes very pleasant and also not really sweet even though sugar and honey were in togeteher. I like your honey roasted walnuts, i think i will snack on them non stop too!

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  21. Now why didnt I think of honey roasted walnuts!! Looks so good on top :D. Love the recipe. Certainly a keeper.

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  22. Cake looks marvellous,nutty and fabulous..

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  23. These cuppies look so cute, I'll like to try the one with icing sugar and the plain original!

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  24. All four options look really delicious, but I especially love the honey roasted walnuts. I'd definitely pick that one if I have a choice (or maybe I should just pick them all). Haha. Thanks for sharing the honey roasted nuts recipe, will try it out one day! :)

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  25. Hi Zoe and welcome back! These little treats look so beautiful and topping them with honey and walnuts just makes them even tastier!

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  26. hi Zoe, waaa thks for sharing the recipe for honey roasted nuts... i shall try that and for this lovely cake, i hope i can make it in time to join in the fun :)
    your cake looks so delicious, i like the one with lots of honey roasted walnuts :)

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  27. I love making mini desserts, too, Zoe. Your honey walnut cakes look so moist and fabulous :)

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  28. I love anything with honey; these sound an look perfect.
    Rita

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  29. You had me at the roasted walnuts, Zoe! And mounds of it! Bookmarking this recipe :) Have a wonderful weekend!

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  30. looks delicious, i love simple cakes that go well with tea. this one with honey and walnut looks so delicious. love that you roasted the walnuts, it brings out the flavor.

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  31. These look so good! I would definitely go for the honey roasted nut topping.

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  32. I like to one load with honey walnut most! Great idea!

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  33. I kind of love the idea of it on its own!

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  34. Nice to see you back Zoe, it sounds like you had a great trip! These little cakes look fab...the perfect size for eating more than one and honey is always delicious in cakes! :-)

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  35. Your honey cakes are so cute..feel like taking a bite. Looks so moist and tender.

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  36. Oh, I like the extra topping of walnuts drizzled with honey! Lovely presentation on the different ways to serve.

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  37. Lovely recipe!They look super cute as well!Perfect little sweet treats :)

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  38. This sounds like EXACTLY what I want for breakfast! Beautiful!

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  39. So cute,so tasteful!Have a lovely week,dear!

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  40. eileen@hundred eighty degreesMay 7, 2012 at 1:14 PM

    They are cute and I like the one dressed with lots of honey toasted walnuts.

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  41. Oh these look so scrumptious - lovely flavors
    Mary x

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  42. I love the way you presented these honey walnut cake into mini! Very tempting & what a great idea with honey roasted walnuts too! Will surely try this recipe coz I love honey! Have a lovely day, Zoe! :)

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  43. When I read "honey burns faster than sugar" I couldn't help but think, "Oh? It burns faster when you run?" Sheesh... Speaking of running, I really think you should run in a tutu. It's quite fun and liberating. You son know what he's talking about. :)

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  44. These look great, thanks for entering them into Alphabakes!
    I was interested to read about the 'bake-along' on your blog, I will definitely bookmark it and try to enter in future! I don't know if I can think of something that only has 4 ingredients though, that sounds quite hard!

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  45. Big thanks Zoe! I have been recently searching for a walnut cake recipe as requested by my mommy :) she wants to try something bready but somehow like a walnut muffin from me. I guess I'm gonna use this recipe!

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  46. Oh I love honey in baking, I have to do these honey roasted nuts sometime very soon!

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