My fellow writer, talented friend, and poet from Montreal, Marcy Goldman, is the authority on Jewish baking in Canada. She has developed the first honey cake I have ever loved, in good part because it is moist, flavorful, and not too sweet. The cake is pareve (“without dairy”), which means it can be served following a meal that includes meat, according to kosher practice; however, if you are not serving it after a meat meal (or if you do not keep kosher), crème fraîche is a perfect accompaniment.
|canola or safflower oil, at room temperature|
|strong black coffee, at room temperature|
|orange juice, freshly squeezed and strained (about
|whiskey or rye (see Notes)|
|pure vanilla extract||.||.|
|light brown Muscovado sugar, or dark brown sugar|
|all-purpose flour, preferably bleached|
|fine sea salt||.|
|unsweetened (alkalized) cocoa powder||.|
One 9½ to 10 inch (12 to 16 cups) one-piece metal tube pan, preferably nonstick (for extra preparation for a two-piece metal tube pan, see Notes), encircled from the bottom with 2 cake strips, bottom coated with shortening and topped with a parchment ring, then lightly coated with nonstick cooking spray | Two stacked baking sheets
Twenty minutes or longer before baking, set an oven rack in the lower third of the oven and
In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, oil, coffee, orange juice, whiskey, and vanilla until lightly combined. Add the superfine sugar and brown sugar and whisk until dissolved into the liquid mixture.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk beater, mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cocoa, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves on low speed for 30 seconds.
Remove the bowl and whisk beater. Add the liquid ingredients and sugars and stir with the whisk beater until the dry ingredients are moistened. Add the honey. Place the bowl back on the stand and reattach the whisk beater. Start on low speed, then gradually raise the speed to medium and beat for about 1½ minutes. The batter will have the consistency of a thick soup. Using a silicone spatula, scrape the batter into the prepared pan and set it on the stacked baking sheets.
Let the cake cool in the pan on a wire rack for 20 minutes. To loosen the sides of the cake from the pan, use a rigid sharp knife or stiff metal spatula, preferably with a squared off end, scraping firmly against the pan’s sides and slowly and carefully circling the pan. (If using a nonstick pan, use a plastic knife or spatula.) In order to ensure that you are scraping against the sides of the pan and removing the crust from the sides, leaving it on the cake, begin by angling the knife or spatula about 20 degrees away from the cake and toward the pan, pushing the cake inward a bit. It is best to use a knife blade that is at least
Let the cake cool for 2 to 3 hours, or until cool. (The cake can be served warm, but the pieces will be fragile. Slice with a sharp serrated knife and lean the cut-side piece against a pancake turner to move it for plating.)
Airtight: room temperature, 3 days; refrigerated, 7 days; frozen, 2 months.
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