Despite the rain, we’ve been out and about today, taking a leisurely lunch with my Mum and her partner then, after dropping them back home, browsing the shops for half an hour or so. Back home it was dark and dreary with more rain threatening; perfect cake-baking weather. But what type of cake to bake? Out came the cook books for inspiration. Carrot Cake, Lemon Drizzle Cake, Moist Chocolate Cake? Maybe the chocolate cake….no, wait, what’s this…Honey Cake? Now that is just right for a rainy Sunday afternoon.
As it happens, I didn’t use the recipe in my book for this as the cake was covered in thick icing which I wasn’t in the mood for. I wanted a simple cake, with nothing but honey, so I searched on the internet and found this from James Martin. Not only is this a lovely, comforting cake to eat on a rainy Sunday afternoon, but it’s comforting to make too. Standing at the pan slowly stirring the honey, sugar and butter as it gently melts together is immensely pleasurable, especially when the warm scent rises to envelop you. As the cake bakes the honey scent intensifies and wafts through the house. I lie back on the sofa, close my eyes and inhale deeply. Gone are my adult cares, now my mind is filled with fluffy clouds, children’s tea parties and Winnie the Pooh.