Honey Cake is a dessert that we usually give to our families when there is a new born member of the family.
We will host a part for our family and friends to celebrate the one month birth of the baby and we call this party “Man-yue-jiu”. Usually the family will prepare boiled eggs which are dyed red as well as prepare savoury sticky rice and this honey cake as gifts to friends and family who attend the party as a thank you to them joining us.
I personally think this is a great tradition. When I have children I want to do the same thing. Of course if you want to eat honey cake and you don’t have friends or family you can still buy this cake in some bakeries in Taiwan.
In this recipe I added some black sesame and almonds for a modern twist. This is of course
completely optional. If you don’t like either black sesame or almonds you can leave them out.
Credit: These photos were taken by Chris at Chris Radley Photography
Honey Cake Chinese Desert
- 3 whole eggs
- 100 g brown sugar
- 50 g caster sugar
- 150 g honey
- 200 g vegetable oil
- 200 g plain flour
- 50 g ground almonds
- 15 g black sesame
- 2.5 tsp baking powder
- Few drops vanilla extract
Add eggs, sugar, honey and oil to mixer and beat until everything has dissolved. The mixture should be a light creamy colour.
Sift flour and baking powder into the mixture from step 1. Add vanilla extract, almond and sesame into the mixture and mix everything evenly.
Put a couple sheets of baking paper into a square baking tray (20cm x 20cm x 3 cm) and pour the cake mixture into it. Set the oven at 150C and bake for around 35 minutes.