Vanilla cake with salted burnt honey sauce

7 Jul

Vanilla cake with salted burnt honey sauce

Get your tasting spoons ready, bakers: the sauce in this cake is something you will be unable to resist.

Donna Hay created the salted burnt honey sauce in a recent edition of her eponymous magazine. Do not underestimate the bewitching properties of this sauce: four ingredients is all it takes to lift a lovely cake into superstar mode.

Vanilla cake with salted burnt honey sauce The Hungry Mum

I decorated another cake recently with this same sauce and it was a huge success. I am thinking next time of sandwiching some cookies together with it – Ms Hay suggests serving it with waffle or ice-cream.

I found the cake recipe online at houseandgarden.co.uk and reduced the amount of sugar. It was super simple to make. I divided the batter between two tins so I could sandwich the cake together with the burnt honey sauce. Good thinking, me. It was a superb cake that looked super fancy, thanks to the super simple step of dusting icing sugar over a stencil. I highly recommend this decorating hack – takes seconds, looks great #WhatsNotToLove

GATHER:

Cake:

175g butter, diced, at room temperature

150 grams caster sugar

3 large eggs

175g self-raising flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

pinch of vanilla salt

The Hungry Mum - Vanilla cake with salted burnt honey sauce

LET’S GET TO IT:

Preheat oven to 180C and grease and line two, 20cm cake tins with non-stick baking paper.

Place all ingredients in bowl of electric mixer and beat until just combined – do not overbeat.

Bake for around 19 minutes – you will see the cake starting to pull away from the edges and a skewer inserted should come out clean.

Sit in pans to cool for about 20 minutes, then cool completely on wire racks.

When cold sandwich together with the burnt honey sauce – recipe below.

Salted burnt honey sauce:

¼ cup honey

½ cup sweetened condensed milk

1 ½ cups pouring cream

¼ teaspoon sea salt flakes (I used my sensational vanilla salt)

Cook honey in a large saucepan over medium heat until dark gold – this will take 2 to 3 minutes.

Slowly pour in the sweetened condensed milk and cream and whisk until well-combined.

Bring to the boil, then reduce heat and cook while whisking for 6 minutes – it should thicken considerably.

Sprinkle over the salt, whisk again, and remove from heat.

The Hungry Mum. Vanilla cake with salted burnt honey sauce

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31 Responses to “Vanilla cake with salted burnt honey sauce”

  1. quilt32 July 7, 2015 at 11:48 am #

    This sounds really interesting and the sauce is new to me. Love the stencil with the confectioners’ sugar. I’m pinning for future reference.

    • thehungrymum July 8, 2015 at 10:01 am #

      I hadn’t come across the sauce before either but gee it is a winner! Glad you Pinned it 🙂

  2. shirlld July 7, 2015 at 12:28 pm #

    The salted burnt caramel honey sauce sounds delicious!!

    • thehungrymum July 8, 2015 at 10:05 am #

      It is soooo delish! Can’t recommend this sauce enough 🙂

    • thehungrymum July 12, 2015 at 10:08 am #

      It really is amazing – make it!

  3. The Culinary Jumble July 7, 2015 at 12:52 pm #

    So pretty!

    • thehungrymum July 12, 2015 at 10:08 am #

      thanks – I was very happy with this cake.

  4. Angela | The Chewy Life July 7, 2015 at 1:37 pm #

    That cake looks very delicious, especially with the burnt honey sauce! Now I know what to do all my extra honey in the pantry!

  5. Kim-Joy Hewlett July 7, 2015 at 2:51 pm #

    I love the design on top! Very pretty!

    • thehungrymum July 8, 2015 at 10:05 am #

      Thanks Kim-Joy – it is so easy to do yet looks so fancy!

  6. Our Growing Paynes July 7, 2015 at 4:24 pm #

    Oh my, this sounds good! And such a pretty cake.

    • thehungrymum July 8, 2015 at 10:05 am #

      You’re too kind! Thanks – it is a real keeper 😉

  7. emellt July 8, 2015 at 1:23 am #

    Reblogged this on Zara's Hungry.

  8. Lemonade Wise July 8, 2015 at 2:18 pm #

    We see a lot of salted caramel but I’ve not seen the salted burnt honey before! I need to try this sauce – I bet it would be lovely with icecream too…

    • thehungrymum July 11, 2015 at 2:53 am #

      It would be good with just about anything, I reckon! It is such lux addition.

  9. themondaybox July 8, 2015 at 2:24 pm #

    This cake certainly looks lovely with the stenciling on top! The simple, but elegant presentation is just right to highlight the filling. I am very intrigued by the sauce. Does it end up being “saucy” or more thick and spreadable like a frosting or glaze? Using it as a filling in your cake sounds perfect to me, but my mind is racing with other uses as well. Thank you, for sharing this. So many times, I have been fascinated by Donna Hay recipes. I really have to look into getting her magazine and cookbooks!

  10. Sarah Bélanger July 8, 2015 at 10:52 pm #

    I absolutely LOVE this! It is gorgeous.

    • thehungrymum July 9, 2015 at 12:11 am #

      thanks Sarah! I was pretty happy with how it turned it!

  11. Cassie | Journey from Within July 9, 2015 at 6:36 am #

    oh my! That surely looks and sounds delicious!!
    May I just join your household? 😀

    • thehungrymum July 20, 2015 at 2:29 am #

      Sure, come on in – I am always looking for taste testers 😉

  12. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella July 9, 2015 at 12:17 pm #

    I had a salted honey cake yesterday and it was sublime! I’ve been thinking of ways I need to ingest this since 😀

    • thehungrymum July 10, 2015 at 11:09 am #

      Make the sauce, get a spoon, eat the sauce straight from jar 🙂 It is a thing of wonder!

  13. chef mimi July 9, 2015 at 2:30 pm #

    this sounds so so good! and it’s beautiful to boot!

    • thehungrymum July 10, 2015 at 11:08 am #

      awww, ta! Make the sauce – you will be glad you did 😉

  14. deliciouslynell July 12, 2015 at 12:54 am #

    Yum!

  15. Gather and Graze July 20, 2015 at 12:06 am #

    Oh wow! Another one to add to the list! Where am I going to find the time to try out all these beautiful cakes? 🙂

    • thehungrymum July 20, 2015 at 1:14 am #

      I hear ya – so many cakes, so little time;)

  16. Eat Pray Workout August 4, 2015 at 2:48 am #

    Noting this decorating hack for next time I bake – it looks amazing! Where did you buy your stencil from? Looking forward to meeting you at EDB. xx

    • thehungrymum August 4, 2015 at 11:40 am #

      Right back atcha! So looking forward to EDB! I actually got the stencil free w/ a cooking mag yonks ago!

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