Friday, May 4, 2012

Bake Along #23- Honey and Walnut Cake

This is a delicious cake and if you like honey in cakes, i think you will like this too. I actually made this cake twice. The first time i made it,  i didnt ground the walnuts properly. I was supposed to use a food processor to do the job but because i halved the recipe  i thought it was just a little amount so i used a mill instead to grind. But it was difficult to do it with a mill and soon my half grinded walnuts started to release oil and and when it was mixed with the flour, it kinda of lumpy and i knew that probably it will not turn out well. I didnt care cos i was already finishing almost doing everything. True indeed, it turned out to be fudgy in some parts of the cake, nevertheless edible and tasted very nice. Just 2 days ago, i thought i wanted to make this again, after all i find its taste good so i dont mind baking another one, making sure i use the food processor to ground the walnuts but again i did some other little mistake about the sugar but i dont think it affected the taste and the texture of the cake. It came out well this time, cakey, moist and most importantly i like the taste of honey in there. Previously, i did made other cupcakes with honey in it but i didnt like that, i found that it tasted funny with honey but not this one.

first underbaked

2nd time...better
For our next bake along, our theme is 'baking with 4 ingredients'. I have not thought what to make yet but just to give you an idea, you can bake potatoes or mushrooms and put in some stuffs like cheese and  breadcrumbs, or maybe you can bake a fish, you dont really need much ingredients baking a fish and if you like to bake something sweet, then maybe you can save some number of ingredients like using self raising flour, puff pastry, etc and somebody was asking me about using muffin mix. Not a problem, afterall what i associate with ' baking with 4 ingredients' is really something quick and easy for everyone to make, people do use premix, so go ahead and use that. That link will be opened from May14 to May20, 2012.

I have also listed out the themes for the our bake along ahead. You can check them at the sidebar on my blog. Thanks!

Original Recipe ( i made 3/4 of this recipe in a 7" round pan )
1 1/2 cups walnut pieces
1/3 cup sugar
1 cup unbleached all purpose flour
1.5 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
6 tbsps honey
3 large eggs
1tsp grated lemon zest
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
confectioners' sugar

1.Preheat the oven at 350F. Grease a 9 inch round cake tin. Line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper. Grease the parchment , dust the sides of the pan and parchment with flour. Spread the walnuts in a single layer on a baking sheet and toast until fragrant, 8-10 minutes. Let cool completely.
2. 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, salt and pulse to combine.
3. Add the buttter, honey and remaining sugar to a large mixing bowl and beat on medium high speed until smooth, about 2 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl . 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 flour mixture, 1/2 cup at a time and mix until just incorporated.
4. 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 minutes. If the cake starts to brown too much around the edges, loosely tent with foil after 25 minutes.
5.Let the cake cool in pan for 10 minutes, invert it onto wire rack and then turn it right side up again to cool completely. Dust heavily with confectioners' sugar before cutting into wedges and serving.

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  1. Lena, looking forwards to the 4 ingredients bake along weeks. I am going to submit mine. Hahahaha! Your honey walnut cake is looking good.

  2. the second piece is the one that I would like to have it for tea. :)

  3. I'm interested with the 4-ingredient Bake Along too :D

    I can't tell the difference between your 1st and 2nd attempt of the cake. Both have nice and yummy appearance and I would sure ask for another piece after eating.

    I don't have a food processor.... wonder how to successfully bake this cake :s

  4. Err.. about the mill.
    I remember that.
    Use quick pulses, not continous milling.
    Put in some flour (1/3 flour 2/3 nuts) and the outcome is very very finely milled nuts, almost powdery.

  5. Hi Lena,
    I'm glad the second one turned out fine for you! Now I see what you mean when you mention fudgy! Yeah, we both have problem with the dry mill! Got to get a set of food processor, have wanted one for such a long time! This is a nice cake! Moist and tender! Happy to know that both you and Zoe enjoyed it very much! :)

  6. I add the flour to the nuts to pulse together and it was fine, didn't turn into paste...both your cakes look delicious although the 2nd one looks better. Great recipe:D

  7. Lena:
    Wow, like the cake, so I'll expect to see more of this cake in other blogger friends' website as well!Hmmm, I don't think I have cake with walnuts b4 but I know that walnuts are good for brain development. I had lots of them while I was pregnant with my son but lots of bird nest while I was pregnant with my girl, hehehe!

  8. Lena, i saw you another bake along on 29 May. Steamed layer cake qualifies or not?

  9. ermmm...honey and walnut are both my favourites... your cake looks so good, i wish to have a bite...:)

  10. Lena your cake turn out gracefully. I like your version...ur first attempt, I can imagine that cos, when I grind mine, almost the same thing happen, too oily, then luckily I did buy some extra walnut and grind another time..hahaha...looking forward to all those bake along events list...cross finger...

  11. yan: wow, i'm happy to hear that you will be baking something for that theme. wondering what will u be answer your question, yes. you can make a steamed layer cake.

    chris: how about the first one? can eat woh...haha!

    yvonne: hope you will be making something too. Yan said she will be making one , so how can you miss this too? actually the first one i made looks a bit uncooked, the texture is fudgy type, not the whole cake but in some parts. No food processor, use mill. Now that i've read some of the comments here by jeannie and wendy, so i guess we just got to add a little flour to the walnuts to grind them. If no mill, then got to tumbuk lor..LOL!

    wendy: actually i remember you telling me before about grinding using mill but at that time, i was thinking that maybe it can just do it without the flour :((

    joyce: ah, now you see it. The first time i made it, i did only half the recipe, very small cake and finished eating on the same day so that's why after i talked to you the other day, i decided to make again the next day.

    jeannie: i see your submission, thanks and will be chking yours soon. Now i know about grinding with mill, will add a little flour into it. Thanks!

    jessie: hmmm..i think i also need some brain development. you think it will be too late to eat more walnuts now? haha...anyway, i think nuts are healthy stuffs but i rarely eat walnuts on its own..except for peanuts and sometimes pistachios!

    sherleen: i give you one whole slice!!

    hanushi: give it a try if you like honey cakes, i like these cakes.

    angeline:thank you, i just saw your submission, will be hopping over to see yours!!

  12. Honey is my favorite & in a cake is even better! Love the look of both your cakes but the 2nd attempt looks more high & well done though! I'll surely take note of all the tips for making this cake! Have a nice weekend, Lena! :)

  13. Much as I love fudgy brownies , fudgy cake looks odd , isn't it ! :D I love the second cake ! It looks so moist and crumbly ;) Delicious cake , Lena !

  14. Hi Lena:)
    Are you a delicious aspect, the core is irresistible.

  15. HI Lena
    Thanks for dropping by my blog :)

  16. Such a delicious cake Lena. Love the idea of using ground walnuts and honey. Your first cake can qualify into fudge cakes category. Looking forward to nxt bakealong :D

  17. I tried not to over process my walnuts too much as I don't want it to be too paste-y. I didn't use a mill but just short pulse and mixing in between pulses. This recipe is indeed very good. My family enjoyed eating them very much.

  18. The cake looks good. I've never tried baking with honey, have bookmarked this one!

  19. The texture is very moist. Sure taste awesome with walnut and honey!

  20. Hi Lena, lovely cake and the texture look so good.
    Can make me a cup of Ipoh Coffee to go with your cake?
    I'm coming over with my Pandan cake & Kuih Kosui,LOL

    Have a nice weekend, regards.

  21. wow, looks so soft and yummy, Lena :)
    i hope i can bake this cake in time to join in the fun :)

  22. Your cake looks very delicious, Lena! I love eating this cake, light and nutty and delicious!

  23. This looks SO good! I haven't had walnuts for so long. I used to put them in EVERYTHING. I think I'll buy some today!

  24. Just thinking about the taste of this makes my mouth water. Wow Diane

  25. Hello Lena, the texture of your cake looks really fantastic. I always admire your baking skills, the patience, the love you have for baking.
    This the kind of cakes will make bachelors forget about wanting to be bachelors, ha ha.
    You have a fun weekend, don't do what I do.

  26. Hi Lena,
    After visiting Zoe is place, I went to buy some walnut and decided to bake her cupcake style yummy honey walnut cake.
    NOw, seeing yours, I like your honey walnut cake in whole..looks very delicious.
    Can't decide which to choose, the cupcake style or the whole cake..hehe

  27. Your cake looks good,Lena. It has got the nice soft texture. I do salute you, Joyce and Zoe for doing this bake along. I don't have the patience to participate in any bake alongs or blogging events. If I'm given a deadline, suddenly the laziness sets in..hhaaha

  28. honey walnut i must try that... it looks delcious.

  29. Wow, another great looking cake. Cannot catch up lah, before I can manage to bake the pistachio apricot, you are tempting me with another one :) Thanks for sharing on milling of the nuts, also the tips from Wendy and Jeannie. I know why a banana walnut cake that i tried some time ago was so oily.

  30. I wish to join you in bake along, but my times always more job to do...

    hopefully will have magic time ahead...thanks for the recipe, looks simple yet cosy?

  31. The cake loaded with must be very tasty!

  32. Grounded walnuts!! I like that idea. I have used hazelnut and almond meal but walnut meal- gotta try it! I love the simplicity of the cake as well! Looks perfect for a rainy afternoon.

  33. Wow, this looks amazing, so moist and I love all these flavors, any leftovers? :)

  34. Hi Lena, what a great Monday morning with this great looking cake for breakfast. Btw, it has been raining a whole night over here and the weather is a bit chilling now. Just taken my breakfast but still Wish to have a slice of your cake. slurppp....
    Hope you're having a great week ahead.

  35. eileen@hundred eighty degreesMay 7, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    Very nice crust and the cake texture looks good too. Talking of grinding nuts, I've once left the food processor run by itself and I get peanut paste..haha...

  36. a cake that makes me feel like having it with a cup of hot english tea.

  37. This cake is nice to have it over a cup of coffee or tea.

  38. oh walnut is my favourite :) i'd love to bite bits and chunks of it

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  39. Kit: thanks! yeah, the 2nd one looks more proper, i guess a lot of us who had baked this also enjoyed eating this very much.

    anne: yeah, with the exception of brownies, maybe!

    duxa: thank you very much!

    shaz: nice to see you're back to blogging!

    anuja: haha! yeah, the fudge cake category. Hope to see you joining again!

    zoe: that's why the 2nd time i used a food processor instead, also have to keep pulsing to check, afraid the same thing happened again.

    cheah: hope you will like the cake.

    vivian: it's a very delicious cake, at least to me and i dont mind baking this for my friends.

    amelia: the tea and me shall be waiting for your arrival!haha!

    alice: hope to see your entry soon. I think you will like the cake.

    jasline: me too..very much! am actually quite suprised that i like the honey in the cake!

    cathleen: try it. you probably love this!

    diane: I'm happy that it turned out well the 2nd time, it is a nice cake to eat.

    lee: Thank you! dont do what you do? haha! it's not that bad knowing and reading what you did, we just got to experience and enjoy everything! See now, you got so much of your past stories to tell us.

    muimui: thanks for coming by. Actually cupcakes is a very good idea especially if you're making for friends, more presentable. Both ways still as delicious!

    jen: never mind, understand you're a working mum. Hey, next time you can just hop over to joyce's place to eat her cakes, save your bkaing!! haha!

  40. love2dine: thanks very much for dropping by here!

    adeline: yeah, some very useful tips from wendy and jeannie. Have you not been baking lately?

    queenie: hey kak, dont worry..i know kak you are so busy with all your work and your cooking. Relax ya?

    angie: yes, it was good. i think my first time using grounded walnuts too in cakes!

    daphne: thanks a lot! yeah, quite rare to see ground walnuts as an ingredient. It was nice, and the pleasant taste of honey goes well with the walnut cake.

    chris: thanks for your, not anymore..! ha!

    kristy: how was your wesak day? wondering if you make anything special for the prayers session..have a good week!

    eileen: now we learnt our lesson! wendy and jeannie advised to add in a little flour the next time we process the nuts.

    honey boy: hi, nice to meet you and thanks for dropping by.

    sonia: yup, bagus!

    fishee: hey, nice to see you again! yeah, you can hv bits of walnuts in it, that will make some good bites!

  41. I love a simple cake and yours is very inspirational, and amazingly delicious! It's a keeper, for sure!

  42. after seeing so many honey and walnut cakes, i'm so tempted to try some now! but i have to go and get myself some walnuts first >.<

  43. I got to make this one or my mum. She is a big fan of walnuts.

  44. Walnuts! Yummsss this will be on the top of my list for my July break:D