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 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

The Hungry Mum - Vanilla cake with salted burnt honey sauce


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


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 #


  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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