Honey Lemon Beehive Cake

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Using the Nordic Ware Beehive Cake Pan, you can create a 3D beehive that is as adorable in looks as it is sweet in taste.

Nordic Ware Honey Lemon Beehive Cake recipe

Yields8 Servings
Prep Time30 minsCook Time1 hr 10 minsTotal Time1 hr 40 mins

 2 ¾ cups flour
 1 ½ tsp baking powder
 ½ tsp salt
 1 cup butter, softened
 1 ¼ cups sugar
  cup honey
 4 eggs
 ½ tsp vanilla
 ¾ cup milk
 2 tbsp lemon juice
Glaze
 ½ cup honey
 1 ½ tbsp fresh lemon juice
 ¼ tsp salt
Buttercream
 4 tbsp unsalted butter
 1 ½ cups icing sugar
 1 tbsp milk
 ½ tsp vanilla extract
 1 pinch salt
Icing
 1 cup confectioners' sugar, sifted
 2 tsp milk
 honey bees for decoration (optional)
Bakeware

Directions

1

Preheat oven to 150°C. Prepare your pan by using a pastry brush and melted butter, ensuring that you reach inside every crevice of the pan, then dust with flour. Alternately, use a baking spray that contains flour and brush excess with a pastry brush to evenly coat the pan.

2

In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder and salt; set aside.

3

In a large bowl, beat together butter, sugar and honey, scraping bowl often. Add eggs one at a time, blending well after each addition.

4

Stir in the vanilla. Reduce speed to low and gradually add the flour mixture, alternating with milk, and mix until just blended, then blend in the lemon juice.

5

Divide the batter evenly into the two halves of the pan, spreading it so it touches the top edges of pan and lower in the center.

6

Bake for 50-60 minutes, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Glaze
7

Just before the cake is cooked, in a small saucepan over medium heat stir together the honey, lemon juice and salt and bring just to a simmer, about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat.

8

Once the cake is cooked, allow to cool for 15 minutes in the pan.

9

Tap the cake gently in the pan and invert onto a cooling rack, then brush the glaze over the cake with a pastry brush.

10

Allow the cake to cool completely.

Buttermilk
11

In a small bowl, using a handheld mixer beat the butter on medium speed until smooth and creamy.

12

Add the confectioners' sugar, milk, vanilla and salt and continue beating until light and fluffy.

Icing
13

In a small bowl, stir together the confectioner's sugar and milk until smooth.

14

Add more milk, a half a teaspoon at a time, until the icing is thick but still pourable.

Prepare the cake
15

Stand one half of the cooled cake vertically on its base. Using a serrated knife, level the flat side of the cake by trimming 3-6mm off the edge. Repeat with the other cake half.

16

Using an offset spatula, spread a thin layer of buttercream, about 1/2 cup, on the flat, cut side of one of the cake halves.

17

Place the cut side of the other cake half against the frosted side and gently press to secure the two halves. Using the spatula, smooth the buttercream at the seam, then carefully transfer the cake to a serving platter.

18

Drizzle with the royal icing over the assembled cake, making sure to cover the frosted seams.

19

Decorate with the sugar honeybees.

Category

Ingredients

 2 ¾ cups flour
 1 ½ tsp baking powder
 ½ tsp salt
 1 cup butter, softened
 1 ¼ cups sugar
  cup honey
 4 eggs
 ½ tsp vanilla
 ¾ cup milk
 2 tbsp lemon juice
Glaze
 ½ cup honey
 1 ½ tbsp fresh lemon juice
 ¼ tsp salt
Buttercream
 4 tbsp unsalted butter
 1 ½ cups icing sugar
 1 tbsp milk
 ½ tsp vanilla extract
 1 pinch salt
Icing
 1 cup confectioners' sugar, sifted
 2 tsp milk
 honey bees for decoration (optional)
Bakeware

Directions

1

Preheat oven to 150°C. Prepare your pan by using a pastry brush and melted butter, ensuring that you reach inside every crevice of the pan, then dust with flour. Alternately, use a baking spray that contains flour and brush excess with a pastry brush to evenly coat the pan.

2

In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder and salt; set aside.

3

In a large bowl, beat together butter, sugar and honey, scraping bowl often. Add eggs one at a time, blending well after each addition.

4

Stir in the vanilla. Reduce speed to low and gradually add the flour mixture, alternating with milk, and mix until just blended, then blend in the lemon juice.

5

Divide the batter evenly into the two halves of the pan, spreading it so it touches the top edges of pan and lower in the center.

6

Bake for 50-60 minutes, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Glaze
7

Just before the cake is cooked, in a small saucepan over medium heat stir together the honey, lemon juice and salt and bring just to a simmer, about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat.

8

Once the cake is cooked, allow to cool for 15 minutes in the pan.

9

Tap the cake gently in the pan and invert onto a cooling rack, then brush the glaze over the cake with a pastry brush.

10

Allow the cake to cool completely.

Buttermilk
11

In a small bowl, using a handheld mixer beat the butter on medium speed until smooth and creamy.

12

Add the confectioners' sugar, milk, vanilla and salt and continue beating until light and fluffy.

Icing
13

In a small bowl, stir together the confectioner's sugar and milk until smooth.

14

Add more milk, a half a teaspoon at a time, until the icing is thick but still pourable.

Prepare the cake
15

Stand one half of the cooled cake vertically on its base. Using a serrated knife, level the flat side of the cake by trimming 3-6mm off the edge. Repeat with the other cake half.

16

Using an offset spatula, spread a thin layer of buttercream, about 1/2 cup, on the flat, cut side of one of the cake halves.

17

Place the cut side of the other cake half against the frosted side and gently press to secure the two halves. Using the spatula, smooth the buttercream at the seam, then carefully transfer the cake to a serving platter.

18

Drizzle with the royal icing over the assembled cake, making sure to cover the frosted seams.

19

Decorate with the sugar honeybees.

Honey Lemon Beehive Cake
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