May 10, 2012

Bake Along #23 Honey Walnut Cake

Rush..rush..rush...
I am glad i manage to join this round  Free and Easy Bake-Along hosted by Zeo, Lena and Joyce.
This round Bake Along is (Bake-Along No. 23 - Honey And Walnut Cake) 
I have been to our baking friends blog to look and see what tips that i can get to make this Honey And Walnut Cake.
This is what i get..
 Zeo's blog (Bake for Happy Kids) i got that honey burnt easily so i have to take care of that..
 Lena's blog (Her Frozen Wings) i knew that when grinding the walnut ..do not milled it but just to use a processor to pulse it ..I have got that..
 Alice's ( i love. i cook. i bake.) i found conversion of cups to grams ..which have help me in measurement conversion..
Thanks to all my blogger friends here for providing such useful tips..


Back to my Honey Walnut Cake ....I measure the ingredients for the whole recipe. I  baked the first batch in paper cup cases. I make 1/4 of the recipe...because I am not sure how much is 3/4 cups butter. I search and found in some website written 1 cup = 428 grams so 1/4 is 107 grams. (after baked then i know it is too much...LOL)


~this is the unmould Honey Walnut cake~


~This taste really nice, its soft, only it is a bit too moist...but i don't mind at all~ 


 ~I frost it with some topping cream and add on a toasted walnut~

 ~Dust with icing sugar..~



I am not quite satisfied with the first batch. I am going to try it again. I found the measuring conversion from cups to grams from Alice's blog (i love. i cook. i bake). This time i make 3/4 of this recipe in a 8" square baking tray. When it is cooked. I try again.
This cake taste so nice, soft and the smell of honey, walnut is so good when the cake is in my mouth...:)
I brought some to my hubby's office for the girls to try. They all love it...^^


~this is the whole honey walnut cake~ 

~this one is better~ 


~I dust every square cake with confectioner sugar and toasted walnuts~


Original Recipe 
1 1/2 cups walnut pieces
1/3 cup sugar
1 cup unbleached all purpose flour
1.5 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
6 tbsps honey
3 large eggs
1tsp grated lemon zest
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
confectioners' sugar


1.Preheat the oven at 350F. Grease a 9 inch round cake tin. Line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper. Grease the parchment , dust the sides of the pan and parchment with flour. 
**(first time I made 1/4 of the recipe in cupcake cases (4cm) and bake 180c for 18 minutes.)
**(second time I made 3/4 of this recipe in a 8" square baking tray and bake 160c for 30 minutes.)
Spread the walnuts in a single layer on a baking sheet and toast until fragrant, 8-10 minutes. Let cool completely.


2. Combine the cooled walnuts and 1 tbsp of sugar in the bowl of a food processor and process until the nuts are finely ground. Add the flour, baking powder, salt and pulse to combine.


3. Add the buttter, honey and remaining sugar to a large mixing bowl and beat on medium high speed until smooth, about 2 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl . Beat in the eggs, one at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl after each addition. Beat in the zest and vanilla. Add the nut flour mixture, 1/2 cup at a time and mix until just incorporated.
**(my first bake I use hand to whisk and mix all the ingredients to make this cups honey walnut cake, second bake i do use a mixer)     


4. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and smooth with a spatula. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out dry, 35 to 40 minutes. If the cake starts to brown too much around the edges, loosely tent with foil after 25 minutes.


5.Let the cake cool in pan for 10 minutes, invert it onto wire rack and then turn it right side up again to cool completely. 


6.Dust heavily with confectioners' sugar before cutting into wedges and 
serving.

                                                        


Below are our baking friends whom have done this cake too for the event which is hosted by Zoe, Lena and Joyce.
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20 comments:

  1. Hi Mui Mui, Wow, you made it just on time! Your cake looks wonderful! Love the square ones with the icing sugar and walnuts, looks like from the bakery! Thank you for baking along with us! Hope that you can join us again! :)

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  2. yeah, i like the square piece of cake with icing sugar...looks so nice and elegant...:)

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  3. Hi Joyce, Thanks. I am glad i have made it this round. Actually it is really fun and lot to learn from joining in the bake along event. I will try joining for the next baking along again...^^

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  4. Hi Sherleen,
    Thanks and thanks for dropping by.
    Hope to see you again in future..^^

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  5. How nice if can have a pc for breakfast now, kakaka....

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  6. hi mui mui, so glad that you are able to make it and also glad to hear that you managed to get the conversion right the 2nd time. I think all of us are very satisfied with the cake, thank you for joining. Have a nice weekend and hope to see you around again!

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  7. Hi Mui Mui:D your cake squares look really pretty and not surprised everyone love it! This recipe is a keeper indeed!

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  8. Hi Sharon,
    Please have a piece or two for tea later...: p
    For breakfast now it's a bit late...:)

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  9. Hi Lena,
    Yes..I am so lucky to get the measurement right the second time. At first after baking the first round I was think to myself. Oh, no this is not right, what should I do? If I can't find the right measurement I would be able to do it right. Lucky me found it.
    Yeah,can see from everyone 's blog that everyone is happy with this cake..^^

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  10. Hi Jeannie,
    Thanks n thanks for dropping by.
    I definitely will make this cake again.
    That day I brought some to my hubby office for them to try. The girls like it so much ..guess what? They request for more...:D

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  11. 我的冰箱有一大包的核桃,還沒開過,貪爽買下來的。。。哈哈哈哈
    現在看到妳post這個蛋糕,不懂又沒動力去做呢?
    哈哈哈
    近來超懶的^^

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  12. My kids does not appreciate nutty cake, less chance to bake this, let me just drool over here.

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  13. Fion,
    这个蛋糕不难做。。你可以做做看。
    也当作消掉你的核桃。。呵呵

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  14. Hi Mui Mui, it's great to know you too! I love bake alongs like these, we really get to learn lots of stuff :)Your cake looks really delicious, I feel like making them again soon ;)

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  15. Sonia,
    Haha.. same as me, my kids don't ready like nutty cake too..my hubby n I do, so i usually make a small one.

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  16. Hi Jasline,
    Thanks for dropping by..
    Ya, I like the bake along event too.
    Hope to see you more often..^^

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  17. 你的功力越来越厉害了。。哈
    给你多多赞喔^_^

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  18. Hi Sonia n Angel, happy Mother's Day to YOUs too.

    Sally, 哪里!哪里!谢谢你的赞喔(^_^*)

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