Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Honey Cake and Happy Deepawali

We look forward to every weekend now.Monday being the first working day seems fine for us as the freshness is still there just like fresh dews on green grass .By the time it’s Wednesday ,it seems one whole universe has passed and you are still standing in there,and on Friday it seems the day has no morning ,I mean you feel so worn out to get out of bed and then stop the alarm clock shrieking at you.It seems, even the poor alarm clock needs battery replacement.
But how should we replace our worn out /tired souls.Probably we cant as God has given each one a single soul for a lifetime.This soul is caged inside body,which gets tired by the usual ups and downs of our life.Once taken ,you need to nourish this soul,keeping in mind that body also needs replenishment.
Somewhere I read “Beauty is a thing for Joy”…..so when I started searching/looking for beauty or rather joy….I found there are many beautiful things .A fully blossmed flower, a laughing baby , snow clad mountains,ocean blue sea …wait What a Sea….hmmm….Ok then How about a Sea Aquarium.Viola!!
We went to sea aquarium near Thames River on last Saturday.This place is a magnificent way to relax and replenish your mind and soul.When we came back , our body was aching but the soul was refreshed n replenished ,ready to take on another working week.
And now , how about Honey cake and some sweets for the aching body ...Will they make you happy.

To be honest I haven't baked for almost 3 years now….so you can say it’s a comeback recipe.This recipe is adapted from my fav site .....… Here
Now the frosting is very easy, it’s the ready to roll one …as my little one was eager to put up the frosting so I asked her to whisk in some and apply all over it.She then insisted on having chocolate , so I finished it up with chocolate buttons on top.Happy to see the result, little one asked me to put up in my blog.
Seriously this cake is worth trying and it’s even good without frosting as told to me by hubby dear(he doesn’t like any frosting , too much of calories!!)
Now time to take out chairs and sit in a cosy environment and replenish your body and soul.With a good book in one hand and in other a slice of cake with a cup of coffee, what more you can ask for?

Honey cake
½ cup of white sugar (powdered)
½ cup of honey
¼ cup of vegetable oil
2 eggs
1 tsp of grated orange zest
½ cup of orange juice
1-1/4 cup of all purpose flour
1-1/2 tsp of baking powder
¼ tsp of baking soda
¼ tsp of salt
½ tsp of ground cinnamon

Preheat oven at 175 deg C .
Now sieve in flour,add in baking powder, baking soda,salt and cinnamon powder
Now in a bowl,first mix in sugar and oil very well, add in honey slowly mixing all the way.
Add in egg one by one and keep mixing.
Now beat in flour altenately with ornage juice to the above sugar/honey/egg mixture,repeat this till all the juice and flour mixture is used up.
Prepare the cake pan ,I used a round 9 inch cake tin,TIP- this can also be made in 13*9 cake pan, for that just double the content.
Bake at 175 deg C for 40 mints,it may even take little less than 40 mints,depending on the baking oven you have.
I made it even without any orange zest, but if you are short of it you may consider adding lemon zest in place of orange zest.
You may drizzle some honey over the cake when it’s still hot, it will soon dry up making a,thin translucent crust sort.
You may use garam masala powder if you are short of cinnamon powder.
You may have it with warm cooked custard if you wish to.
Frosting as above is absolutely not necessay.The Cake is moist and very light by itself ,in fact it can be well paired with a cup of coffee.
I would even suggest you have it with vanilla flavoured ice-cream.

Below are some of the pics of sea aquarium.They were being mischievous with me so the pics are little shaky there.

and then it was sunset at river Thames........

This weekend it’s festival of light , so probably we will be staying at home, lighting diyas and candles minus the firecrackers.Hope you also enjoy with your loved ones ,sharing and making all the goodies.
If you want the recipe for the sweet then go ........Here

Wishing everybody a joyous and prosperous Deepawali.
Happy Diwali


  1. Jaya ... ki shundor dekhte cake ta! Ami eta nischoi try korbo ... onekdin bake korini .. cake khete khub icche korche. :-)
    Ar snap gulo darun .. notun jayega enjoy korcho ... bhalo lagche dekhe. :-)

  2. Happy Diwali to you too .. loved the texture of honey cake

  3. The honey cake seems delicious... both my sons love sweets but I bake mainly from the box, except if it calls for special occasions...You guys seems to have lots of fun at the aquarium... hope your daughter is feeling better at school now..

  4. Jaya,
    Wish you and your family a wonderfully happy Diwali. I hope you'll be enjoying it as it falls on the weekend. The cake looks so yummy :). I love these less icing cakes over those thickly creamy cakes. The Thames pic is mesmerizing.

  5. what a lovely color of the cake! Happy diwali to you and your family Jaya... enjoy!

  6. Tomake o tomar family ke janai Subho Deepabali !!
    khub sundor hoyeche cake ta...ar aro valo hoyeche bow ta :) ami ekhon oobdhi sudhu cake mix diye cake baniyechi... will try this sometime :)

    the snaps are greatt !! valo vabe Kali pujo katiyo.

  7. Happy Diwali to you also.
    Love that cake, looks so so yumm.

  8. Sharmila,
    hain nischoyi banio ...ar tumi to khob bhalo cake banao to..enjoy mane ekto adjust korchi ar ekto enjoy korchi LOL...

    thanks and wish you same :)..

    cake bana E, tobe mone hoye beshi ta ami hi kachi:)...hain box theke o bhalo hoye eyi site e onek box recipe ache yellow cake mix/white cake mix diye tobe scratch theke banano taste alada hi hoye..
    yeah she is doing fine now :)...

    thanks and wish you same ..
    icing er kono dorkar neyi ,cake is very moist and light..it's just that my daughter insisted that's why lol.. Or ekto baking er deke jhonk ache LOL..

    thanks for coming here ..wish you same :)..

    thank you and do try ar bolbe kemon holo ....wish you also enjoy kali pujo.
    hugs and smiles

  9. Happy,
    thank you and wish you same ..
    hugs and smiles

  10. Hapy Diwali Jaya

    Cake darun hoyeche


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