No matter what I try to do with my spare time, my heart always gives in completely to baking more than anything else. I used this cake as an excuse to celebrate a dear one’s birthday. However, on an honest note, I was keener on the cake more than the actual birthday.
I made this using my egg-less cake recipe but you can alter it and use the normal sponge cake recipe. Just add the honey to the usual sponge cake recipe.
I used cashews while making the praline; you can always almonds or peanuts in the recipe.
For the cake:
1 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
Pinch of salt
1 cup plain bottled soda water
100 gms softened butter
1 can sweetened condensed milk
50 gms honey
Sift the baking powder, soda, flour and salt and set aside.
In a mixing bowl, beat the butter until it’s light, fluffy and pale. Add the condensed milk and combine. Alternately, starting with the dry ingredients, add the flour mixture and the cup of soda. Sometimes you might need a little extra soda, the batter should be dropping consistency. Mix the honey once all the ingredients are properly combined.
Bake this in a round loose bottomed 8 inch cake tin for about 45-50 minutes. Do check the doneness after 45 minutes. Depending the oven, the time may vary.
Once done, let it cool for about 15 minutes before cutting the cake in three equal portions for the icing. Let it cool completely.
For the Icing:
100 gms softened butter
50 grams honey
100 gms sifted icing sugar
2-4 tbsp milk
Beat the butter, honey and the sifted icing sugar until fluffy and very pale. The color should be whitish yellowy. Set aside.
For the praline:
100 gms castor sugar
¼ th cup water
Handful of Toasted cashews or any nut of your choice
Add the sugar and water to a pan and mix until it’s completely combined. Put it on the high flame and wait until the mixture starts bubbling. Let it bubble away vigorously until the color turns deep amber yellow. Toss in the nuts and pour the mixture on a silicone mat. Let it set completely before you try to peel it off.
Once cooled, beat the praline disc with a rolling pin until you have manageable shards. Using a food processor, make it almost to a powder. Here I say almost and not powder because I want it to have few pieces here and there to give it a texture. However you will notice that once you grind it in a food processor, there will be a powdery dust on the bottom. We need that dust as we are going to fill it in between the layers.
Spread a layer of butter cream on the cake slice and sprinkle it with the fine praline dust. Sandwich it with the next layer repeating the same. Top it with the last layer of cake and spread the icing evenly on the whole cake, covering nooks and crannies. Once evenly covered with butter cream, sprinkle the cake generously (on all sides) with the rough and uneven bits and pieces of the praline dust. Set it in the fridge for few minutes in case the butter cream becomes too soft.
This strikingly elegant, almost artistic cake z ready to eat :)