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Polish honey cake is another dessert of my childhood. The cake is light and has a mellow honey flavor without being too sweet. It's easy to make, delicious to eat, and I highly recommend it. Traditionally, the recipe calls for buckwheat honey which adds a distinctive touch to this classic Polish cake. It's a unique honey, very dark and very strong...and it takes a bit of getting used to if you haven't had before. However, for those less adventurous, a flavorful dark wildflower honey may be substituted for an equally delicious result, albeit not authentic.
Place oven rack in middle position and heat oven to 375 degrees F. Generously butter bottom and side of an 9-inch springform or cake pan, line bottom with a round of parchment paper, butter parchment paper. Dust pan with flour, knocking out excess; set aside.
For the Topping: Melt 7 tablespoons butter in a small saucepan. Add 1/2 cup honey and salt, stir until blended, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 2 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in the vanilla and almonds; set aside to cool.
For the Cake: In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer or by hand, cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy. Gradually drizzle in the honey, continuing to beat, until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition. Add vanilla and beat to combine. Add small amounts of the flour mixture alternately with the milk, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients, mixing until just blended after each addition, and scraping down the sides of the bowl with a spatula as needed.
Turn the batter into the prepared pan, distributing evenly, and smooth the top. Pour and spread the topping mixture evenly over the cake. Place the pan on a cookie sheet and bake in the center of the preheated oven for about 35 minutes, or until a skewer or toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Cake should spring back when gently touched in the center. When the cake is done, let cool in the pan on a wire rack for 10-15 minutes, then turn out onto the wire rack to finish cooling completely. Cut into wedges. Excellent as is, or dust with powdered sugar, or serve with sweetened whipped cream, if desired.
Makes one 9-inch cake, or about 8 to 10 servings.
mema802 2y agoWhere do I find dark honey?
chrismo 3y agoAwesome cake!!! Not too sweet...excellent for breakfast with some coffee.
sadierider34 3y ago
barb2 3y agoThis was delicious! Easy to make, too. Everyone loved it so much, it was gobbled up before I got the chance to have a second piece the day after I baked it. Will definitely be baking again. Only drawback: the butter/honey mixture pooled at the bottom edge of my spring-form pan and caramelized into a hard crust which had to be cut away. Next time, I'll try a regular cake pan to see if it happens again. Maybe I left an air pocket where the bottom and side met.
Nadya1 4y agoAwesome!! I replaced cane sugar with brown but it turned out to be really delicious. Very delicious. Thanks!! :)
chefhoward76 4y agoWe have served this wonderful cake at several brunches. It's very tasty and everyone has really enjoyed it. Definitely a keeper.
EttaBakes 5y agoI have made this cake several times. It is a delicious recipe that everyone loves! This time I made two cakes for a Ladies Auxiliary Brunch and served them with Grand Marnier Macerated Strawberries and Honey Whipped Cream. It was Fantastic!
Jaseygalore 5y agoI made this for a weight-conscious relative so I omitted the topping. One word - YUMMY. This cake has a beautiful texture and delicate flavour that I've not tasted before.
EttaBakes 5y agoA delightful, easy to prepare dessert. Not overly sweet with a delicate and distinctive flavor. My guest were impressed.
bsfamily 6y agoAbsolutely wonderful!