There’s a delightfully cheerful energy to the sights, smells, and sounds lately. It’s everywhere, and it’s everything! It’s the scent of freshly baked goods wafting sweetly through the air and twinkle lights sparkling in every direction. Life and the everyday is steeped in colour. The mood is effortless, almost merry, and it’s easy to stay awhile...
If the season doesn’t speak to you, you’re not alone, but if the mood brings you joy, then by all means, enjoy. Happiness and kindness are worth sharing. Spread the merry mood (and bake)!
Bake a cake. A honey cake with lime.
that’s delightfully sweet with honey yet balanced with a hint of tart lime,
that rivals it’s distant yet well-known cousin, fruit cake, in its ease to make and flavour,
that’s somehow warm and at the same time, spirited, like the merry mood,
that’s fluffy, caramelized, and light,
and that’s easy to share and spread the good feelings...
- Honey Lime Cake
- Sweet, tart, caramelized
This cake tells a festive story. It’s about taking time to let the excitement around you lift your spirits. It’s about captivating flavours mingling together in a sweet yet zesty way, it’s about savouring the parts of the season that are meaningful to you, and it’s about friends coming together over tea and cake.
Prep time: 15 minutes, Bake time: 55-65 minutes
Makes 1 loaf cake
- 2 cups (304 g) all purpose flour
- ¼ tsp salt
- ½ tsp baking soda
- 2 tsp baking powder
- ¾ cup (160 g) sugar
- ¾ cup vegetable oil
- 2 large eggs
- ¼ cup honey
- 3 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ cup milk
- 2 tsp (2 g) lime zest (about 1 lime)
Let’s add to the cheerfulness...
Preheat the oven to 350°F.
Sift the flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder into a medium bowl and set aside.
In a separate bowl, using an electric mixer beat the oil and sugar together for about a minute. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating at high speed for each, until the mixture is light.
This process is easy, familiar, and delightful.
Stir in the honey, vanilla, milk, and lime zest.
Fold the dry ingredients into the egg mixture.
Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Bake for 55-65 minutes. It’s ready when a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.
Oh, the scent in the air as this cake bakes is zesty, sweet, and caramelized. It not only adds to the cheerful energy all around - it amplifies it. Join friends, family, and loved ones together to savour the small moments.
(Recipe and Photos courtesy of Emotional Baking©)
Feel. Bake. Better.
It’s not just about baking something to get you through the day.
It’s not about eating the whole tray to feel better.
It’s about getting lost in the process.
It’s about enjoying every moment.
It’s about sharing it with people that support and care about you.
Baking can be a lot of things – it can be distracting but simple, it can be movement with focus, it can be whatever you need when you need it. Choose a recipe to fit the mood and it becomes a useful tool as well – baking to quiet the mind, to connect with your emotions, or simply baking to feel emotional. Just think of the feelings you get and the emotions you experience when baking your favourite dessert…. excitement, relief, fulfillment, joy, accomplishment.
At Emotional Baking, our recipes can be the starting point to somewhere - it can lead you to a place of great comfort, one that feels like the beginning of something, something good...
A note for anyone who needs it:
Baking, while wonderful, can only help so much...
If you’re struggling in any way,
If you feel alone or you need help,
Contact your primary care physician or follow the links below to find help in your area. You are never alone!
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