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.
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
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
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.