05 October 2009

Piglet's Honey Cake

honey cake, unadorned

I think I've finally gone through all the major recipes in The Little Big Book of Pooh, finishing up with this amazing cake.

A lightly spiced cake with more than an essence of honey, this seemed like the perfect cake to make for a breakfast or brunch type thing, even a perfect tea cake, or perhaps a sweet dessert. The great part is that I didn't necessarily need a blender, just some arm power to get the eggs and sugar light and fluffy (almost to the stage of lifting the beater and watching the mixture fall back in a ribbon, but not quite).

have a slice

The only hangup with the recipe was that I got my 9-inch round cake pan out (because the square pan was a bit larger), then I stared at the bowl of finished cake batter to realize that if I proceeded, I'd end up with a mess that would necessitate a move. I finally ended up getting the 8-inch springform pan out since it was a bit larger than 8-inch and the circle of wax paper pretty much fit and I didn't need to cut out another. Whew.

So I'm baking this up, it's taking longer than the recipe states, though I figured it's due to the size of the cake, I don't really know, I just keep cooking it, probably for an hour and fifteen or twenty five minutes, tenting with foil after 45 minutes. It finally baked and smelled delicious, which was a good thing since I was starting to be bothered.

another slice

I was getting bothered because I started doubting how well this would turn out, but I needn't have been worried since this is probably one of the tastiest cakes I've baked up in a while! Lightly spiced, almost a flowery taste from the honey and grated orange rind and orange juice, it was like having a snack in the 100 Acre Woods with all your pals on a breezy, sunny spring fall day, bundled in coats and scarves with a few leaves blowing through the air.

deliciously sweet

Really, if you need a simple, albeit impressive cake to bring, this would do it. Very tall, a lovely homey feel and look to it with a texture almost reminiscent of a wedding cake because the flour is sifted twice, lending a soft and velvety texture that might surprise the eater, who at first will think of it as a sturdy, dense cake full of flavor. The flavor stays, but with a moist and airy crumb. The recipe says it can be frosted with a fudgy frosting, though that's almost criminal. The spices are light in the end product and mostly go to lend an overall medley of flavors, and as does the half cup of coffee. What really brightens things up is the addition of orange rind and juice added at the very end when you mix in walnuts.

All you really need to know is that you'll be the hit of the woods if you make this, it of course being a quintessential Pooh recipe with the 100 Acre Woods seal of approval.

Piglet's Honey Cake
From The Little Big Book of Pooh by Monique Peterson

ingredients ~
3 large eggs
1 cup sugar
1 cup honey
1/2 cup cool strong brewed coffee
1 cup vegetable oil
2 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1/2 cup chopped toasted hazelnuts or walnuts
zest of 1/2 orange
1 tablespoon cognac (I used freshly squeezed orange juice)

directions ~
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease large Bundt pan or 8-inch round springform pan.

  2. Sift (sift it, don't whisk it) together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices in a large bowl.

  3. Lightly beat the eggs in a medium bowl. Add sugar gradually and whisk until mixture is light and fluffy.

  4. Blend the honey and coffee together and stir in the oil. Stir into egg mixture. Make a well in the center of flour and add egg mixture, whisking until well combined.

  5. Stir in chopped nuts, orange zest, and cognac (or orange juice).

  6. Pour batter into pan and bake in center of oven 45-55 minutes (mine took over and hour, definitely, maybe 1 hour and 15 minutes), or until tester comes out clean. Tent with foil if browning before cooking time is up. Cool on wire rack.

Piglet's variation: To sate that extra sweet tooth, dust with confectioners' sugar or spread with a fudgy frosting.


  1. Cute cookbook and delicious cake!

  2. Perfect for this time of year.

  3. You're right, that cake does look perfect for a fall day, especially in the 100 acre woods :) Kinda surprised they have cognac in there though, I mean I thought the woods were a dry place? :)

  4. Well, aren't you a dear! Sweet thoughts dance in my head as I ate this bit of heaven. TY for a nice end to a very weird day!!! INbORK That's an even weirder end, but it's also the verification code to be able to post. Under times of stress said ten times quickly will make either the bothersome times of recipe implosion or the general freaks in ones life pass by one with out a curse word spent. INGBORK!

  5. Also be sure never to leave off the h in Pooh Cake or some may not want to check it out! Did I just hear INGBORK?!!

  6. hehe, you were bothered :) pooh's got it going on with honey!!

  7. This looks fabulous, I'm going to book mark it!


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