Showing posts with label honeycomb. Show all posts
Showing posts with label honeycomb. Show all posts

Friday, October 4, 2013

Honeycomb Crunch Honey Bundt Cake for #BundtaMonth

This month’s BundtaMonth is candilicious.   No surprise that spellcheck doesn’t like that word but never mind, because I know that you all will.  We are baking Bundts with our favorite candies and hopefully some of yours!  If you stopped by last Sunday, you know that I made honeycomb to use in my cake but store-bought honeycomb can be used as well, if you are fortunate enough to have a candy store nearby that makes it.   It’s called many different names around the world: sea foam, angel food candy, sponge candy, honeycomb toffee, cinder toffee, puff candy, hokey pokey, fairy food and molasses puffs, just to name a few!

All I can tell you is that it is delicious and will pull your fillings out if you are not careful.  Also, if you add it to a cake, it melts inside and makes that cake caramelly throughout.  AND, when you decorate the outside of a cake with it, eventually it melts all over the cake and gives it another sweet sticky layer, in addition to the honey glaze.  But that’s okay if you’ve made enough honeycomb crunch.  Just add some more before you serve each time!

The Bundt cake batter was adapted from this recipe.  Scroll on down to the bottom of this post to see all the other fabulously candilicious Bundts we have for you this month

For the Bundt cake:
1 1/4 cups or 295ml honey
1/2 cup or 115g butter
1/2 cup or 100g brown sugar
4 eggs
3 cups or 375g flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup or 125g Greek-style plain yogurt
1/2 cup or 120ml milk
1/3 lb or 125g honeycomb crunch caramel candy, plus extra for decorating

For the honey glaze:
1/8 cup or 30ml honey
1/8 cup or 25g brown sugar
2 tablespoons butter
Pinch sea salt flakes
1 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat the oven to 325°F or about 165°C and prepare your Bundt pan by greasing it liberally and then flouring the greased inside.

Separate your eggs and make sure the whites are in a clean, grease-free mixing bowl that gives you plenty of room to beat them with a hand mixer or whisk.

Sift the flour with other dry ingredients and set aside.

Measure your honeycomb candy and break it into small pieces with your handy hammer.  Set aside.

Cream the butter and sugar together in a stand mixer or with a hand mixer.

Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add in the egg yolks.  Beat until the batter is fluffy.

Pour in the honey and beat again.

Scrape down the sides of the mixing bowl and add the dry ingredients to the egg yolk mixture and gently blend.

Add the yogurt and milk and blend again.

Beat the separated egg whites until stiff, then gently fold them into the batter, along with the pieces of candy.

Pour the batter into your prepared Bundt pan, smooth the top with the spatula and bake in your preheated oven for 50-55 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

Cool on a wire rack.  After about 10 minutes, turn the cake out of the pan.  I had a few pieces that stuck because of the candy inside and I had to force myself to extract them and place them back on the cake because they were deliciously sticky looking and I just wanted to eat them.  As you can see, it’s not the most beautiful cake, unless you are a fan of caramel, but the glaze and extra candy will take care of the imperfections.

Once the cake is completely cool, combine the honey glaze ingredients in a small pot and cook slowly, stirring the whole time, just until all the sugar has dissolved.

Drizzle over the cooled cake.   Decorate with more broken honeycomb crunch candy.


Who's in the mood for some candy and cake?

Here’s how you can be a part of Bundt-a-Month:
  • Simple rule: Bake us a Bundt using your favorite candy
  • Post it before October 31, 2013
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Sunday, September 29, 2013

Honeycomb Crunch Candy

When the theme for this week’s Sunday Supper was announced as Crunchy Goodness, I was in the midst of trying to decide on a flavor for my upcoming BundtaMonth cake where the theme is candy.  I was browsing the candy aisle of one of my local grocery store chains, the British import, Waitrose and nothing jumped out at me.  If you’ve been reading along for a while, or if you know me personally, you know that I don’t have much of a sweet tooth.  There are a couple of exceptions to this rule and they include all things caramel, especially if there is salt involved.  And suddenly, the solution came to me!  I could combine these two challenges by making crunchy honeycomb candy and then using it in a honey Bundt cake.  Win-win, right?  And to celebrate my personal triumph of ideas, I headed over to Tavola and bought myself a new Bundt pan.  Hey, any excuse for a new Bundt pan!  (Come back on 4 October when the cake will be unveiled!)

I researched my cookbooks using Eat Your Books and trawled through deep internet waters, looking for the perfect honeycomb recipe.   I finally settled on this one from Joy the Baker
but since it didn’t have honey, I substituted that for the corn syrup and changed the apple cider vinegar to white balsamic.  I decided to double the recipe – unnecessarily, as it turned out – to make sure we’d have enough to munch on and still have plenty for the cake.  One batch would have been sufficient.  But, working on the theory that one can never have too much honeycomb crunch candy, I have no regrets.  Store anything that is not consumed immediately in the freezer or refrigerator, well-sealed, with the layers of candy separated by parchment paper or waxed paper.  Unless you live somewhere cold and dry, it gets sticky very quickly at room temperature.

1 tablespoon baking soda or bicarbonate of soda
2 2/3 cups or 600g sugar
1 cup or 240ml runny honey
3/4 cup or 180ml water
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
2 teaspoons white balsamic vinegar
Butter for preparing the pan

Necessary equipment – candy thermometer and large, deep pot with heavy bottom, aluminum foil

Sift your baking soda into a small bowl and set aside close to the stove.

Prepare a large baking pan by lining it with aluminum foil and buttering the foil liberally.  Set aside near the baking soda bowl.  If you can’t put a hot pot on your counter top, add a trivet or hot pad nearby (for the candy pot) and another underneath the baking pan.

Mix your sugar, honey, water, cream of tartar and balsamic vinegar in your deep, thick-bottomed pot.  Set it on the stove over a medium flame and whisk until all the sugar is dissolved.

Put the candy thermometer in and make sure the tip is in the liquid.  Gently swirl the pot every so often as it heats.  At one point, mine bubbled up a bit so I stirred with the whisk to settle it down.

You are looking for the thermometer to hit 300°F or 149°C.   When it reaches the correct temperature, remove the pot from the stove and set it on the counter or on the trivet or hot pad you have ready.

Remove the thermometer and pour in the baking soda and whisk quickly.  This will expand like crazy and suddenly the need for a deep pot becomes violently apparent.

Carefully pour the molten bubbles into your buttered, foil-lined baking pan and leave it to cool and harden.

After mine had cooled somewhat, I transferred it to the deep freezer to speed up the process but that’s just because I am impatient.

When it’s completely cooled and hardened, lift the foil out of the pan and turn the slab of candy over onto a cutting board.  Peel back the foil and gently break the honeycomb crunch with a small hammer you have borrowed from your daughter’s toolbox.  Just kidding.  Any hammer will do.

As previously mentioned, this turns soft and sticky when exposed to air so line a plastic container with parchment or waxed paper and store the candy in the refrigerator or freezer.  Many recipes also suggested that dipping the candy in melted chocolate would keep the moisture out as well.   If you try that, let me know how it goes.

Save the little crunchy shards too!  They will be great to sprinkle on a honey cake! 


Do you love crunchy things?  Then this week’s Sunday Supper round up, hosted by Susan of The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen, will be your favorite week.   I know it’s one of mine.

Crispy Appetizers
Crunchy Entrees and Sides
Munch on Snacks
Crisp Desserts