These honey cakes reminds me of the advents calendar I had as child. My mom bought 24 small gifts for me and for my brother. Every morning in December, until christmas, we got a small precent. It could be crayons, a new pencil or eraser. But some mornings we got a small piece of chocolate or a piece of honey cake. Even though December mornings were dark in Denmark, it was very easy for my mother to get us out of bed, mostly because of the awaiting gifts. You could call it a kind of blackmail, but for us it was a part of the christmas tradition and the Danish "hygge" - In lack of a better word cosiness.
Honningkager, can be translated to honey cake or gingerbread cake, are a soft honey cake with a buttercream filling.
At the bakers shop where I worked, we sold these cakes as round and serving-sized. They were called honningkagebomber or honey cake bombs. The cakes were only sold around christmas time. Here is my version.
Baking time: 50-55 minutes
Prep.time: 30 minutes
100 g butter
150 g sugar
140 g (100 ml) raw honey
100 ml buttermilk
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground all-spice
½ teaspoon ground cloves
1½ teaspoon baking soda
240 g all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons pasteurized egg whites
100 g confectionary sugar
150 g butter, salted and room temperature
½ teaspoon vanilla paste
about 200 g good dark chocolate (I used Valrhona)
1 teaspoon coconut butter
Preheat the oven to 300℉ (150℃). Grease a 9-inch square baking pan with butter, and put a piece of parchment paper in the bottom. This will make it easier to remove the cake from the pan.
Melt butter honey and sugar in a saucepan, remove from heat when melted, and let to cool for a few minutes until lukewarm. Add egg, buttermilk, flour, baking soda and the spices. Mix the dough until fully combined, and pour it into the prepared baking pan.
Bake the cake for 50-55 minutes. Let it cool completely.
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl, and whip the buttercream until thick and fluffy over a double boiler. I used a saucepan with very hot water, and placed my bowl on top of that. I didn't have it on the stove. It takes some time to get the buttercream nice and fluffy.
Split the cake in two horizontally. Spread the buttercream in an even layer on the bottom part, all the way to the edges. Place the top of the cake on the butter cream and press down to get it to adhere.
Melt the chocolate and the coconut butter and mix it together. Brush the chocolate on top of the cake and put sprinkles on top.
Cut the cake into small squares and serve with a good cup of tea.