Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Honey and gingerbread cakes

Honey and gingerbread cakes / Bolinhos de mel e especiarias

A couple of days ago I was talking here about how the holiday season brings me down - I saw panettones at the supermarket and realized that Christmas is just around the corner. On the other hand, I love holiday food – I’ve been planning a special series of holiday posts, like the one I did last year, but luckily with more recipes this time.

It’s too soon to start the holiday series around here, I know, but I could not resist making these cakes – they’re on the DH mag I received last Friday.

Honey and gingerbread cakes
from Donna Hay magazine

¼ cup honey
¼ cup corn syrup
½ cup brown sugar, packed
¾ cup whole milk
¾ cup (105g) all purpose flour
1 ¼ teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
pinch of freshly ground nutmeg
65g unsalted butter, cold and chopped
1 egg
icing sugar, to serve

Preheat the oven to 180°C; butter twelve 1/3 cup (80ml) capacity mini bundt pans*.
Place the honey, corn syrup, sugar and milk in a small saucepan over medium heat and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Set aside to cool until lukewarm.
Place the flour, baking powder, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, nutmeg and butter in a food processor and process until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. While the motor is running, gradually add the honey mixture and process until smooth. Add the egg and process for 1 minute. Spoon the mixture into the prepared pans and bake for 20-25 minutes or until risen and golden and a skewer inserted in the center of the cakes comes out clean. Cool the cakes in the pan for 10 minutes then carefully unmold. Cool completely on a wire rack. Dust with icing sugar to serve.

* I made the exact recipe and used four 1 cup (240ml) capacity bundt pans

Makes 12


Anonymous said...

I'm also getting so excited for the holidays this year! I've already written a couple posts for my holiday series in anticipation. Not posted yet, though!

This cake looks delicious - you should try this one too: http://darbyoshea.wordpress.com/2010/10/25/october-cake-craze-pear-ginger-butter-cake/

ann low said...

This gingerbread cakes look so pretty and I love the flavor of ginger. This must be yummy!

The Urban Baker said...

everything you do, patricia, is always so perfect. these look holiday worthy!

Anonymous said...

honey, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger and all that spice. That sounds like Christmas all right. Your cake looks fabulous! :)

Priya Suresh said...

Woww wat an awesome looking cakes, makes me drool..

Rachel said...

Cute cakes! I like the ribbons and these sound like the holidays all baked up into one pretty package.

Jennifer said...

I love holiday food too!! These cakes look so perfect, love that you used honey for the gingerbread!

Taz said...

these look adorable! I love the ribbon you've tied around them - such a sweet detail!

LimeCake said...

Patricia, these look delicious! I love all these spices! Christmas is 2 months away!

Bakericious said...

these are pretty little cake, must be delicious too.

Hearty Bakes said...

such a pretty cake!love the zint from the ginger too.

Patty said...

Lovely cakes! Honey and spice is wonderful any time of year. :)

Deeba PAB said...

Ringing in the holidays the fun way...I like these! They are incredibly sweet!

ChichaJo said...

These cakes would be the best way to greet the holidays! And a great treat to ease holiday stress :)

Patricia Scarpin said...

Darby, thank you for the link, the cake looks superb!

Ancoo, tks for stopping by!

Susan, you are just too sweet! xoxo

Crustabakes, thank you! I'm a sucker for spices!

Priya, thank you!

Rachel, thank you! I love using ribbons in my photos. :D

Jen, thank you! I loved the idea of using honey instead of molasses, too!

Taranii, thank you, sweetie! xx

LimeCake, 2 months go by flying, don't you think? ;)
Thank you!

Jess, thank you!

Hearty Bakes, thank you! I love ginger, too!

Patty, thank you, sweetie!

Deeba, thank you, darling!

Joey, I think you are right, my dear! Tks! xoxo

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets said...

How darling :). I just bought mini cake molds so I may not be able to resist these either.

Pille said...

Patricia, this would be perfect for the upcoming festive season - I'm already playing with various ideas for our Christmas menu(s) this year, and this could be an excellent contender :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Patricia, Ginger and all the other Wintery spices in these have made me itch to get int he kitchen! I too might put these on my christmas menu....the hunt is now on for some fabulous mini moulds to showcase their toasty goodness! Thank you!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Xiaolu, thank you! I'm sure you would like these, sweetie!

Pilee, thank you! I hope you give it a go!

Anonymous, thank YOU for stopping by! I do hope you like the recipe!

Ally said...

i would like to make this in a big bundt cake...do you have any idea what the recipe would call for?

Patricia Scarpin said...

Hi, Ally!
You would have to use a 4-cup capacity pan.

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