Friday, August 27, 2010

Honey poppy seed cakes with orange icing

Honey poppy seed cakes with orange icing / Bolinhos de mel com sementes de papoula e cobertura de laranja

Knowing how much I adore Donna Hay, my lovely friend Valentina sent me the links to Donna’s appearance in “Master Chef”; after watching the videos my love and admiration for her work are even bigger – she’s so adorable! I liked the videos so much I thought I should share them with you – parts 1, 2 and 3.

Speaking of Donna, these honey cakes come from Off The Shelf – but the poppy seeds and the orange icing are my twists on her recipe.

Honey poppy seed cakes with orange icing
from Off The Shelf

¾ cup + 1 tablespoon (184g) unsalted butter, softened
2/3 cup + 1 tablespoon (146g) caster sugar
3 tablespoons honey
2 eggs
1 ½ cups + 1 ½ tablespoons (225g) all purpose flour, sifted
1 teaspoon baking powder
pinch of salt
3 tablespoons poppy seeds

1 ½ cups (210g) icing sugar, sifted
zest of 1 orange
1-2 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice

Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F; butter twelve ½ cup (120ml) capacity muffin pans.
Place butter, sugar and honey in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat until light and creamy. Add the eggs, one at a time, and beat well. Fold through the flour, baking powder, salt and poppy seeds.
Spoon the mixture into prepared pans. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden and cooked when tested with a skewer. Cool in pans on a wire rack then carefully unmold.
Make the icing: place the icing sugar in a medium bowl and mix in the zest. Gradually add the juice, mixing, until desired consistency. Drizzle the icing over the cooled cakes.

Makes 12 – I halved the recipe above, used ½ cup capacity mini loaf pans and got 5 cakes


Paula said...

looks so delicious with this icing!

have a nice time

Victoria said...

Oohh ... I would do much for a slice of your cake! With all this delicious orange icing ...

The Urban Baker said...

your icing looks perfect! i love citrus flavored anything! xx

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets said...

Thank you so much for posting those links! Like you, I adore Donna Hay and while Masterchef episodes are viewable on their website, they won't let me watch from the US. She is every bit as sweet and friendly as I'd hoped and those contestants are so lucky to get such a close-up lesson. As for these cakes, I'm a great lover of all poppy seed treats and you nailed the drippy glaze. Mm mm good!

WendyinKK said...

Haha, you always seem to make stuff that is in my pantry.
I just got some nice juicy oranges today.

Priya Suresh said...

Omg, irresistible cake..stunning clicks..

M. said...

I'm amazed how many beautiful goodies you make, who eats all this????
wish it was me :)

Jane said...

Patricia, these look so perfect and delicious! I love the way you personalized this recipe. What a fantastic combo of flavors, too -- honey, orange, and poppy seeds. This sounds sooo good.

Emma @CakeMistress said...

Lovely twist on the honey cake. The orange and poppyseed would be perfect :)

Joyti said...

Those sound so delicious! I love the way the icing is dripping down the pretty.

Bakericious said...

the orange icing looks yummy

Emily said...

Those flavors go together so well! I love it. These little cakes are beautiful.

Alice said...

Orange and poppy seed is such a delicious combination and never too sweet so you can always go back for more!

Thank you for posting those videos too, I really enjoyed watching them.

Patricia Scarpin said...

Paula, thank you!
Have a great week, sweetie!

Victoria, I would love to share it with you!

Susan, thank you, darling! I love citrus anything, too!

Xiaolu, that is great news - I'm so glad you enjoyed the videos! I thought she was very, very sweet, too - adorable!

Wendy, that is great! I hope you like this recipe!

Priya, thank you!

M., hahaha, it's a lot of food, I'll tell you! My family (siblings, MIL) and my coworkers! :)

Jane, thank you! I tend to go citrus all the time - love it! :)

Emma, thank you!

Indie.Tea, thank you for stopping by!

Jess, thank you!

Emily, thank you, darling!

Alice, thank YOU for stopping by - I'm glad you like the videos!

Anonymous said...

Absolutely DELICIOUS. Made it into one big bread and it was gone within 24 hours ; )

Patricia Scarpin said...

Hi, Anonymous!
That is excellent news! I'm so glad to hear that - thank you for letting me know how the recipe turned out! :D

fluffymadness said...

They look so good!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Thank you!

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