This honey cake recipe will result in the softest and fluffiest sponge cake you have ever eaten! Honey cake or plain cake can be served with coffee or…You can just lay it out on your table and watch the honey cake go from 10 slices to zero as your family grabs a slice every time they pass by the delicious-looking, nostalgia-inducing light-as-air….. Honey Cake!
Cake… as if you needed an occasion to eat it, right? Be it a birthday, graduation ceremony, or a wedding, cakes always make their presence felt. A decade ago, before they became everyday phenomena, cakes were a rarity seen mostly at rich kid’s birthday party in India. Yeah, I am serious about it. No joke. Cakes at traditional Indian Hindu wedding were unheard of. Until, they took over the world as we knew it, of course! 😀
What did we have before the multi-layered fancy, mocha and red-velvet cakes? Well, mostly Indian desserts. What did bakeries sell? They sold bread and buns like these Stuffed buns, biscuits like these Shrewsbury biscuits and honey cake! All the local bakeries presented in their glass showcases pieces of square, yellow cakes with a pink jam and coconut layer on it. The most expensive delicacies on their menu, children were always drawn to them like bees to honey (cake).
Me? Of course I loved it. It was a tad too sweet, sometimes dry but I still loved it because my taste buds had never been exposed to tiramisu and chocolate mousses. Then came the big conglomerates with their packaged plain cake, fruit cake and what not and honey cakes from the neighborhood bakeries were long forgotten.
Quite sad! Nevertheless, you can always recreate your childhood at home with this honey cake recipe. I have kept the flavors clean. No jam (I am not fond of the overt sweetness) and no coconut (Nachiket would not even look at it if I added coconut!), just presented in its all natural beauty. You, however, do have the option of adding a layer of jam and coconut powder on top of the cake. Here is the recipe for: