A Year Of Cake is the eagerly awaited second book by Clandestine Cake Club founder Lynn Hill with contributions of lots of delicious recipes from Cake Club members from around the world. The book was published on 10th September but being as I was lucky to have two recipes included in the book, I got my hands on my very own free copy a few days before. As with the first Clandestine Cake Club book which is well used and cake splattered, I know that this one will be the same. The book is arranged into recipes to fit suitable special occasions, birthdays and anniversaries throughout the year. So it was apt that I started to bake a couple of recipes from the September chapter.
I will be writing a couple of posts about my own featured recipes in the next few days. So watch this space!
Last Sunday was one of those days where hubby said to me “Don’t bake anything, we don’t need cake in the house!” Though funnily enough when I don’t bake anything he always says “Have you got any cake? It’ll put me on ’til teatime?” I can’t win! Anyway we had got back off holiday a couple of weeks before and due to the miserable weather and me feeling tired after a long week at work, I succumbed to temptation!
I had some eating apples in my fruit bowl and some gorgeous Welsh runny honey in my baking cupboard. So it had to be Lynn Hill’s own recipe for Honey and Apple Cake to try out first.
The Honey and Apple cake was included in the September chapter of the book to mark the Jewish New Year or Rosh Hashanah which falls in September and is the start of the 10 day celebration for Jews. Sweet foods are popular at Rosh Hashanah, especially honey. This can be with apples dipped in honey or in the form of a honey cake. Lynn’s cake is moist but also has an aromatic flavour from cinnamon and mixed spice as well as from fresh coffee in the mix.
I was keen to try out this recipe as I tried out a similar Jewish honey cake recipe a few months back. My recipe was a disaster. I had planned to bake it, along with some Challah to take into a school where I was teaching on supply and we were learning about Judaism. Unfortunately both the Challah (which didn’t rise and came out like a heavy doorstop) and the honey cake (which fell apart when it came out of the tin) ended up staying at home. I was too embarrassed to take them to work!
Fortunately, I needn’t have worried with Lynn’s recipe. Here’s how I baked it:
The honey cake was delicious, just as i imagined it. Moist and sweet with juicy plump raisins. It was perfect with a dollop of creme fraiche on the side. My family were too full up after the roast dinner to eat any though, including me who had eaten my fair share before. So it got cut up into sections and is now in the freezer! Now I have baked this recipe successfully I will have a go at baking it with a class when we learn about Judaism although I will omit the almonds and use de-caff coffee!
if you love the sound of this recipe and lots more like it, then A Year Of Cake is available through Amazon and through lots of other book retailers.
Love Sam xx