After my first attempt in Honeycomb Cake making, I visited AK's blog to see her beautiful honeycomb effect. It's really nice of her to visit my blog and to give me some valuable advice. I'll like to thank Edith for her useful tip too.
I was multi-tasking while in the process of caramelization, preparing breakfast for DS2 and DD3. I thought I smelt something burning in the pot and was worried that the sugar may be burnt. Nevertheless, I went ahead to bake the cake. I can only keep my fingers crossed till I slice the cake.
After adding in the butter into the hot syrup, somehow the butter doesn't melt nicely (see pic below). I poured the caramel syrup over a sift before adding into the batter.
I was praying to get a good honeycomb effect before slicing it. I was jumping with joy like a little kid when I saw this. Definitley over the moon as it's almost perfect, at least to me ^-^
My camera is not doing a good job as I get 2 different tones of the cake. Probably time to invest in a new camera (I bet if any photographer reading this will say it's definitely user problem :P).
I'm posting the modified recipe here for my own records.
Makes one 8" round cake
200g caster sugar
160g condensed milk
180g all-purpose flour
2½ tsp baking soda
* sifted together
- Caramelize sugar over low heat in a saucepan until it is golden brown. Stir at all times.
- Add water to the caramel. Be careful as the hot caramel will splash when water is added. Continue to heat until syrup is homogeneous. Remove from heat.
- Melt butter in hot syrup.
- While waiting for syrup to cool down completely, lightly beat eggs with a hand whisk in a mixing bowl. Add condensed milk and mix well.
- Pour (4) into sifted flour and mix well. Set aside.
- Add cooled syrup into batter. Pour batter into a greased and lined 7" x 9.5" cake pan. Leave batter aside for 20 minutes to enable baking soda to react prior to baking.
- Preheat oven at 170 degC for 20 mins.
- Bake cake with bottom heat only for 30 - 40 mins or until skewer inserted to centre of cake comes out clean.
- Leave cake in pan for 5-10 minutes before turning it onto a wire rack. Let cool before cutting.