Good Fortune Honey Cake
Honey has long been one of nature's most miraculous offerings, a gift from the bees. Pure amber magic to heal, gladden the heart, welcome in happiness and prosperity .. this rich and dark cake is a wonderful way to share wishes for abundance, good fortune and happiness ..
You will need
115 grams (4oz) of sifted white flour
170 grams (6oz) of shifted wholemeal flour
2 tablespoons of halved almonds - Brings in prosperity
1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon - Brings in positive energies
Half a teaspoon of ground ginger - Brings in success
Quarter a teaspoon of ground nutmeg - Brings in good luck
2 Teaspoons of bicarbonate of soda
A pinch of finely ground salt (sea salt is wonderful of you have some )
115 grams (4oz) of butter
8 fluid ounces (220ml) of dark honey
6 eggs separated
Grated rind of 1 lemon - Calls in fresh energies
4 fluid ounces of milk
Green Ribbon, thread or wool
Most importantly a loving heart
1. Preheat your oven to 375f/190c (gas mark 5)
2. Grease and line a 10 inch (25cm) cake tin
3. Sift the combined flour, spices, bicarbonate of soda and salt.
4. In a large bowl cream together the butter and honey then add the egg yolks and grated lemon rind.
5. Then add the flour mixture in batches, in turn with the mild ending with the flour to your butter mixture, beating between additions.
6. Beat your egg whites until stiff but not dry, then carefully fold into the batter in the large bowl.
7. Pour the mixture into your lined cake tin.
8. Bake for 35 minutes then reduce the heat to 325c/170f (gas mark 3) and bake for a further 20 minutes. Do not worry if your cake needs a little longer. To test, just pop a skewer into the centre and when it comes out clean your cake is cooked.
Cool for 10 minutes in the tin then carefully turn out onto a cooling rack
Wrap in greaseproof paper for a day or two before cutting.
As you slice think of the blessings in your life and the happiness you wish to share with those you love, say a few of your own words to seal the charm.....
Wrap each slice in greaseproof paper and tie with the green ribbon ,..
Adapted for new times from an old family recipe ...