Tuesday, December 24, 2013

A Christmas Cake | Date & Honey Cake With A Cinnamon Orange Glaze


I'll keep this short and sweet since many of us are busy with friends and family in the midst of the holidays, but I just wanted to wish you a wonderful holiday season and thank you all for reading. I have a nice little layer cake to share today, full of honey and diced dates instead of granulated sugar. The honey adds a rich sweetness to the dish and the diced dates add a wonderful texture and a fun polka-dot-look to the cake slices. Now, I know dates look kind of funky, but those of you who have not tried them shouldn't be intimidated by their 'intersting' appearance. While they may look wrinkly and oblong, they are soft and chewy and wonderfully sweet. I like to call them nature's caramels, and whenever I'm craving candy I always dip into these guys because I get a little fiber that way, too. And when diced up into the cake batter they add a rich, almost nutty, sweetness to the dessert. And even more awesomely, it's fairly easy to throw together, especially since it calls for a glaze so all you have to do is drizzle it over the cake rather than taking the time to carefully frost the entire thing. Hurray!


Note: The garnish on top of the cake is not edible, they're seasonal sprigs of winterberry, douglas fir, and pine (I got them in a bouquet from Trader Joe's). If you decide to garnish with them or something similar, you should remove them immediately before slicing the cake.



Ingredients:

Date & Honey Cake

2 and 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cloves
1/4 teaspoon dried tarragon
1/4 teaspoon allspice
3/4 cup butter, melted
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
4 eggs
1 cup honey
1/4 cup plain yogurt
2 tablespoons spiced rum
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
13 dates, pitted and chopped

Cinnamon Orange Glaze

3 cups powdered sugar
4 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons milk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon orange extract
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon


Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. To make the cake, mix together the flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, allspice, cloves, and tarragon in a large bowl until blended. Set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, blend together the butter, oil, eggs, and honey at medium speed. Add the yogurt, rum, and vanilla and mix until blended. Gradually add the flour mixture to the bowl, mixing at low speed until just incorporated, taking care not to over mix. Stir in the chopped dates and pour the batter into 3 well-greased and lightly floured 8-inch baking pans. Place in the oven and bake for 30-35 minutes or until set. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 15 minutes before removing the cake from the pans and placing on a wire rack to cool completely.

While the cake is cooling, prepare the glaze. Mix together all of the ingredients with a whisk until smooth. Lightly drizzle the glaze between the two layers of cake and generously drizzle the glaze over the top of the third cake layer. If you're presenting it with the holiday garnish discussed in the note, make sure to remove the decorations before slicing and serving as they are not edible.





31 comments:

  1. just a beautiful cake..I love the drizzle even more..Happy Holidays to you both :)

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    1. Thank you so much Dixya!! Hope you had a wonderful holiday as well!

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  2. If this cake doesn't scream Christmas, I am not sure what does! Merry Christmas!

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  3. Muy elegante este pastel, sencillamente delicioso... Felices Fiestas!!

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  4. Absoltely perfect for Christmas!! Hope you have a happy day!

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  5. It's amazingly beautiful. And I love, love, love dates, so I'm all over this one.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family. May your hearts and stockings be full.

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    1. Oh thank you Mindy, that is so kind of you! I hope you and your family had a lovely holiday too!

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  6. Amazing photografs, decor and recipe. Thank you for sharing ! Happy Holidays ^^

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    1. Thanks so much & happy holidays to you as well!

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  7. Beautiful photos as always. I loved your wedding pictures too. Happy New Year Eva.

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    1. Thank you so much Penny, I am so glad you liked them! :) I hope you have a wonderful New Year as well!

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  8. Love it!!! Beautiful pics!! It looks delicious!! I'll try to make it for New Year's Eve! <3

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    1. Awesome, and thanks!! Let me know how it turns out :)

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  9. This cake is gorgeous :) can't wait to try this!

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  10. This IS the holidays in cake form. So beautiful, and I'm a sucker for dates in baked goods. I hope you had a most wonderful Christmas, Eva!

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    1. Thank you Irina! :) I LOVE dates, they are just the perfect taste and texture.

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  11. It looks delicious! that will me my meal on new year's eve

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    1. Thank you Rose!! I hope you enjoy it :D

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  12. This cake looks delicious.. love it! <3

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  13. what a delicious creation, eva! i love how you've decorated it too--so festive. :)

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  14. Beautiful. You really nailed those photos. It should be December in your calendar 2014 (hint hint)

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    1. Haha, awww thank you Wendy!! That means so much to me :) you may have just given me an excellent idea...

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  15. Eva, your photography absolutely melts my heart. You've captured the essence of the holiday season so beautifully, what with the warm wooden textures and dark, moody background - not to mention the GLAZE! How do you get the glaze to do that?! You are such a joy and inspiration to us all. May 2014 be full of laughter, good food and tons of exciting projects for you, Eva!

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    1. Thank you so, so much Haruka! You have no idea how much that warms my heart to hear. Thank you for coming here and sharing your kindness :) I hope you have a wonderful 2014 as well!!

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