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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)
This is a very delicious treat, but very, very sweet & I wasn't sure about all the extra syrup. I did pour it all over the top & let it soak down, but the cake eventually started to float in the honey. I then removed it from that pan with a slotted spatula & put it in another pan to eat it from. What I really love about this cake is it's texture. It's a lot like cornbread, without the corn flavor (more of an orange-cinnamon cake), and since I always eat my cornbread smothered in maple syrup this recipe was a very nice surprise! I made just as directed, using homemade Sun Dried Orange Peel - for Tagines, Daubes and Sweet Things! for the orange zest. I did have trouble with cutting it into diamonds. It didn't seem THAT difficult in theory, but when it came down to doing it I couldn't seem to figure out the pattern. Some are good diamonds, some are more square. :) Also, a word to the wise: Use a LARGE saucepan for the syrup... and when your DH asks if he should wear his shirt tucked in or left out of his jeans, just pick one. Don't try to evaluate the situation & have him model both options. And never take your eyes off the stove. I had one very burned-on, sugar-glazed stove top with a small saucepan glued to it this morning. LOL
Excellent cake! For those who commented on the sweetness, uh, that's the deal with Middle Eastern desserts! They are all super sweet if they have honey. This is an authentic Greek dessert. Whenever I make this, my family raves about it. Highly recommended and a heck of a lot easier and less time consuming than baklava.
The greek honey cake it is the best recipe i prepared, i tried with greek honey. And it was really great !!! thank you very much
With the recipe as written, this would be entirely too sweet. After pouring 1 cup of sugar into the saucepan and eyeballing the cake, I figured I'd be good by halving the sugar and honey and I was right! In my opinion, and oddly enough, also in my children's opinions, it was still too sweet (that has NEVER happened before!! lol) I had tried a little bite of the cake without any syrup and it was delicious in its own right, so next time I make this, I'm going to glaze some honey on the top with a pastry brush and call it a day.
What a great cake recipe! It's easy to make, a bit sticky but oh so delicious. Thank you for sharing your recipe, CaliforniaJan. I made this for dessert, but I think this would be a great snack to enjoy with a cup of hot tea or coffee. We loved this! Made for ZWT9 (Greece).
Fabulous cake, easy to do, cuts beautifully. I halved the sugar in the cake and in the syrup. My cake isn't floating so it all worked out perfectly.
Okay, firstly... I am gluten, dairy and egg free, so I had to alter a lot of things for this recipe but I loved it so much I just had to leave a comment! This would be totally delicious without any alterations, but I'll list what I did anyway. I'm rating 4 stars because the cake was a bit greasy and would have been too sweet for my liking if I didn't cut out some of the sugar.
I used 6 tbsp coconut oil and 6 tbsp soy oil in place of the butter. Next time I make this (and there will be a next time!) I will cut the oil in half and use applesauce for the rest. I would recommend everyone use the coconut oil; it was divine in this recipe! Half butter, half coconut... Yum!
For the cake, I reduced the amount of sugar I used by a little more than half and added about a tbsp of honey. I increased the orange zest to 2 1/2 tsp and cinnamon to about 1 1/2 or 2 tsp. I also used soy milk instead of moo-moo.
And as for syrup, I reduced the sugar to a scant 1/4 cup and honey to 1/2 cup. In addition, I added close to a tbsp of lemon juice.
I made flaxseed gel to replace the eggs.
To me, it tasted best when the syrup had only about 10 minutes to soak into the cake, so I would suggest drizzling individual servings with syrup instead of the whole thing, especially if you'll have leftovers.