Active Time
30 MIN
Total Time
1 HR 30 MIN
Yield
Serves : makes one 9-by-5-inch loaf

This deeply flavored cake is made with buckwheat honey, which has a spicy molasses character. The cake is wonderful served warm, but its flavors intensify overnight.    More Cake Recipes  

How to Make It

Step 1    

Preheat the oven to 350°. Butter a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan. In a medium bowl, whisk the flour with the sugar, orange zest, baking powder, baking soda, anise seeds, ginger, cinnamon, salt and pepper.

Step 2    

In the bowl of an electric standing mixer fitted with the paddle, combine 3/4 cup of the honey with the water, Cognac and melted butter; mix until blended. Add the flour mixture and mix at medium-low speed until incorporated.

Step 3    

Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 1 hour, until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Let the cake cool in the pan for about 5 minutes.

Step 4    

In a small bowl, microwave the remaining 2 tablespoons of honey until fluid, 20 seconds. Turn the cake out onto a rack then right side up. Brush the top and sides with the honey. Let the cake cool for about 30 minutes before serving.

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