Prep 15 mins
Cook 40 mins
A Greek cake that tastes a little like the much more complicated Greek dessert, baklava. Posted for ZWT #6.
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon orange zest
- 3⁄4 cup butter
- 3⁄4 cup white sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1⁄4 cup milk
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 cup honey
- 3⁄4 cup water
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9 inch square pan. Combine the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and orange rind. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, cream together the butter and 3/4 cup sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Beat in the flour mixture alternately with the milk, mixing just until incorporated. Stir in the walnuts.
- Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake in the preheated oven for 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Allow to cool for 15 minutes, then cut into diamond shapes. Pour honey syrup over the cake.
- For the Honey Syrup: In a saucepan, combine honey, 1 cup sugar and water. Bring to a simmer and cook 5 minutes. Stir in lemon juice, bring to a boil and cook for 2 minutes.
Very sweet, sticky, tasty cake! Very different from any cake we've ever had. I almost didn't pour all the syrup over the cake, but then decided, "What the heck!" and did. The cake soaked it all up, (didn't float!), and my husband said he liked it better than baklava! I used freshly grated zest from one small orange, (added to the wet ingredients), and it gave the cake a wonderfully bright citrusy flavor. We even had it right out of the fridge for dessert the next night, and we liked it that way, too, on a nice warm night. Thanks for a great recipe, California Jan! ZWT9
This was exceptionally moist and very tasty. We had a minor mishap with the sauce, which was no fault of yours - I stepped away from the stove for a minute and it boiled over and made a huge mess! Nevertheless, what we salvaged was very good. I made mini cupcakes but it didn't really help with portion control cause my husband just kept popping them in his mouth! Thanks for the recipe!
I never write reviews, but, this is worthy of a five star review. Absolutely beautiful!<br/>I love sweet greek cakes and this is by far the best I have ever tasted. If people have a sweet tooth, don't miss this one.<br/>The cake without the syrup is also so very good on it's own, with the syrup it's magic!<br/>Will be making again very soon.<br/>Mark (Greece)