Arabian Honey Cake

LOC Arnika
Posted on 07/28/2014 by lady_of_clunn

Yesterday, I was asked to make a Middle Eastern dessert. My reaction was a bit "Oh, no!" because Middle Eastern sweets are often too sweet and too flowery for me. I researched, settled on something that sounded more nutty than rose-watery, went to buy the ingredients and had to find that half of them were sold out. Shopping for these things the day before Eid was probably (certainly) a bit daft.

So I went home, researched some more and found a recipe that didn't call for anything that I didn't have already!

What can I say? I love it! It tastes very much like a German Bienenstich but without the prep time for the yeast dough!

Not a flower in sight, easy and soooo scrummy:

Arabian Honey Cake


75g melted butter
3 eggs
100g sugar
half a teaspoon vanilla extract
half a teaspoon baking powder
100g flour

For the topping:

110g butter
80g sugar
100g honey
50g Almonds, flaked or ground
half a teaspoon ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 190C/170C for fan oven.

Beat eggs, sugar and vanilla, add melted butter and keep beating.

Slowly add flour and baking powder, mixing at a lower speed.

Pour into lined/buttered 26cm spring form, bake for 10 - 12 minutes.

Meanwhile, prepare topping.

Melt butter in a saucepan. Add the other ingredients and bring to a boil while stirring constantly.

Pour topping on cake and return to oven for a further 15-20 minutes.

twilllsey 29th-Jul-2014 08:32 am (UTC)
Gosh, that sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing!
lady_of_clunn 29th-Jul-2014 11:55 am (UTC)
Thank you :)

It was gone before I knew it - I was lucky to get one small piece, so definitely a success!
mercy_rain 29th-Jul-2014 12:34 pm (UTC)
Sounds yummy, plus those are all ingredients I typically have on hand! Thanks!

(Side note: are fan ovens - which I take to mean are the same as convection ovens - very common in the UK and Europe? It seems pretty typical that if the oven temp is given in C, there'll be a standard and fan oven temp. I've lived in several parts of the US, and I think I've only even *seen* a convection oven once in my life!)
lady_of_clunn 29th-Jul-2014 02:27 pm (UTC)
The common-ingredient factor was a real life-saver! :)

I think it's the same, I have often seen it written as fan/convection oven.

I remember that my mum used to have an oven without that function - in the very early 1980's but haven't seen an electrical oven without it since then. I usually choose to turn the fan on because it takes 20 degrees off the temperature (and hopefully some pennies off my electric bill?) and it's quicker to heat up.

jessamyn_rl 29th-Jul-2014 12:47 pm (UTC)
Funny because I just ate this cake last week for the very first time and I was like "Whoa, just like Bienenstich but without the cream!" I like the cream, but in summer it just attracts wasps, and when you make it for dessert when meeting friends, you can't carry a cake with cream without cooling for a longer time. So I decided on making this cake next week when we're invited for a party. I'll try your recipe, too! :)
lady_of_clunn 29th-Jul-2014 02:30 pm (UTC)
A friend of mine said the same thing and I got all confused - cream?

Turns out, I am very used to my aunt's Bienenstich. It's her specialty that she usually brings to family gatherings and because one of her children is allergic, she found a way to make great Bienenstich without the pudding filling.

Now I absolutely have to try Bienenstich with cream!
canis_lupus03 30th-Jul-2014 06:27 pm (UTC)
Hmmm, Bienenstich... now I want some, ;-) Thanks for the recipe! I'll have to try it out sometime. I don't have an electric mixer-thing at the moment, though, think I can get it fluffy enough with just a whisk?
lady_of_clunn 30th-Jul-2014 08:46 pm (UTC)
Fancy seeing you over here!!

I think you should be fine with a whisk, especially since the butter is melted - doesn't need a lot of elbow grease :)
xhoneyvanityx 2nd-Aug-2014 01:11 pm (UTC)
That sounds delicious! I really need to give it a go :)
lady_of_clunn 4th-Aug-2014 03:33 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

It really is a great quick cake :)
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