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Honey Cake

I haven't a clue where this recipe originates. I've been making it for nearly 20 years and in huge quantities since I started catering and baking. I love making this honey cake because when I say deluxe, I mean deluxe. Even back in the bakery days, I would squeeze my own oranges, brew some Starbucks coffee, and run to the liquor store for Canadian whiskey. Between these touches and the price of honey, this honey cake can't help but taste fabulous.
Ingredients
  Canola oil 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Egg 4
  Sugar 2⁄3 Cup (10.67 tbs)
  Honey 1 3⁄4 Cup (28 tbs), divided (1 1/4 cup for cake+1/2 cup for brushing over top)
  Orange extract 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Orange juice 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Whiskey 3 Tablespoon
  Flour 3 2⁄3 Cup (58.67 tbs)
  Baking powder 1 3⁄4 Teaspoon
  Regular salt 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Baking soda 1 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Ground cinnamon 1 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Ginger powder 3⁄4 Teaspoon
  Ground cloves 3⁄4 Teaspoon
  Strongly brewed coffee 3⁄4 Cup (12 tbs)
  Raisin 1 1⁄4 Cup (20 tbs)
Directions

GETTING READY
1. Preheat oven to 325 degree.
2. Soak raisins in little water to plump them. Set aside.
3. Line tube pan with parchment paper as shown in the video. Keep it aside.
MAKING
4. In a mixing bowl, add flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda.
5. Put cinnamon, ginger and cloves in it. Mix well. Set aside.
6. In a large mixing bowl, combine honey, sugar, canola oil, egg, orange juice, orange extract, and whiskey. Combine on low speed. Then turn the speed of your mixer to medium, and blend it for about 2 minutes.
7. Sprinkle little flour on the moist raisins to prevent it from sinking to the bottom of the cake.
8. Add dry ingredient mix, and coffee alternatively in the mixer, a little at a time. Blend just to combine every time you add.
9. Scrape off the sides and bottom. Blend for 1 minute on medium speed.
10. Throw raisins in batter, and mix it well.
11. In the tube pan, pour the batter. Place it in the oven and bake for about 55 minutes, or until your cake springs back when gently touched.
12. Remove the pan from oven, and place it on a wire rack to cool.
13. With a knife, scrape around the edge, and centre of the pan to loosen the cake.
14. Press the bottom, and slowly lift the cake. With knife loosen the cake base.
15. Slowly spin the cake out, and place it on a plate. Make slits on top with knife.

FINALIZING
16. With a brush, apply honey on the top of the cake.

SERVING
17. Cut into slices and serve honey cake.

TIPS
If you don’t soak the raisins in water, it will absorb all the liquid and your cake will be dry.
You can either make one cake in a 10-inch tube pan, or 2 cakes in 7-inch tube pan.
You can also use loaf pan to make the cake.
Be careful while scraping, do it near the metal.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Medium
Cuisine: 
Jewish
Course: 
Dessert
Taste: 
Sweet
Method: 
Baked
Dish: 
Cake
Occasion: 
Hanukkah
Ingredient: 
Honey
Preparation Time: 
20 Minutes
Cook Time: 
50 Minutes
Ready In: 
0 Minutes
Servings: 
16

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