Saturday, May 2, 2009

My Honeycomb Cake: Minus the Honeycomb-like Patterns :(

Saturday - 6.30pm: As planned, I baked my very own Honeycomb Cake. The batter has been sitting in the oven for almost half an hour. Another 30 minutes more to go. I'm seriously hoping that it will turn out well. Oh well, or at should be edible (trying to pacify my "kancheong'-ness). There was a little mishap just before I put it into the oven...
I realised that the springform baking pan that I used LEAKED!!!

So, in order to save the situation, I placed the springform baking pan onto a cookie baking tray. Wanna check out how it looks like in the oven?

So, the cookie baking tray saved the day. Anyway, I got the recipe from Annie.
It is a rather easy cake to bake. Below are the simple steps:

Step 1: In a saucepan over low heat, caramelize 120gms sugar until it turns a dark golden brown. Then, slowly and carefully pour 240gms water into the caramel. Stir until the caramel is dissolved in the water and it becomes a thin syrup. Remove from heat.

Step 2: Add 80gms butter and set the pan aside to cool.

Step 3: In a separate bowl, beat the 6 eggs with 160gms condensed milk. Sift the 180gms all-purpose flour and 21/2 tsps baking soda together into the egg and milk. Pour the caramel butter sauce into the batter and mix well.

Step 4: Pour the mixture into a greased 9-inch round cake pan. Let it sit for 5 minutes.

Step 5: Bake at 350*F (or 175*C) with bottom heat only (no convection!) for 1 hour or until a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean.

7.30pm: I removed my cake from the oven about half an hour ago. Verdict: I FAIL:( The aroma was perfect, the colour was great, the bitterness was just right, the texture was bouncy, BUT the interesting honeycomb-like patterns were lacking:((

My pathetic-looking Honeycomb Cake:(

After analyzing the whole process again, I can roughly guess what went wrong along the way. I'm not going to give up and I'm going to make sure that I get it right. Next Honeycomb Cake baking mission will be in two weeks time :)

p/s: The whole cake "disappeared" by the next day ;)


CH Voon said...

how the cake disappeared by the next day?


Angeline said...

hey hey, though you thought it was not a perfect masterpiece, but your 'diners' loved it! If not it won't have disappeared the next day right? That's the best reward any chief can get. *wink*

Ai-Ling said...

CH Voon: the whole lot went into our tummies :D

Angeline: it was defintely not perfect, but it was edible. lol... ;)

Ashley Two Fish said...

as long as it tastes great! who cares how it looked like! great try!

Calvin Soo KJ said...

ooooo......sure looked delish. courier some to me :)

Michael Yip said...

we should one day orgnize a food tasting session and come and try out your cake. :D

Ai-Ling said...

Ashley: thanks :)

Calvin: courier to u?? i think u get good ready-made honeycomb cakes there in kuantan :P

Mike: lol...paiseh, paiseh. wait till i get i right first :)

Johnny Ong said...

i agree with mike. will get my wife to know u first hehe

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