Hello Honey

20th May 2016

Can you imagine a landscape without bees or a table without honey?  We can’t, so we’re proud supporters of the British Beekeepers Association who work hard to promote the craft of beekeeping and the importance of bees in the environment.

This half-term we’re hosting special bee and honey-related events in selected stores.  Customers can bring along their little ones to meet a local beekeeper, get up close to a beehive and learn all about the lifecycle of bees. We’re giving away wild flower seeds to help establish more natural habitats to help bees flourish, too.

We can’t talk about bees without mentioning honey. It’s one of the most versatile ingredients in the kitchen, perfect on toast, great as a marinade but even better in a cake – especially a cake that’s festooned with the types of flowers that our bees need to help them on their way.

Honey Cake

You’ll need:

(For the cake)
250g clear honey
225g unsalted butter
3 eggs
100g dark muscovado sugar
300g self-raising flour

(For the icing)
300g icing sugar
150g unsalted butter, softened
Finely grated orange zest
Dash of vanilla extract

(To decorate)
Edible flowers

  • Preheat the oven to 160C/Fan 140/Gas 3
  • Grease and line a 20cm springform cake tin
  • Melt the butter, honey and sugar in a pan over a low heat. Once melted increase the heat and boil for a minute. Leave to cool for at least 15 minutes
  • Using a wooden spoon beat the eggs into the cooled honey mixture
  • Sieve the flour into a large bowl, pour in the honey mixture, stir well
  • Pour into the tin and bake for an hour or until golden brown and a skewer comes out clean. Turn the cake out onto a wire rack to cool
  • To make the icing, beat the icing sugar, butter and vanilla together until smooth
  • Spread the icing evenly over the completely cooled cake
  • Decorate with edible flowers

Join us in store for our special beekeeping events:

Aldeburgh Little Joule: Monday 30th May, 10am – 4pm
Padstow: Tuesday 31st May, 10am – 4pm
Bury St Edmunds: Wednesday 1st June, 10am – 4pm
Birmingham: Saturday 4th June, 10am – 4pm

Find out more about the British Beekeepers Association and Joules’ charity partnerships.

We sourced our edible flowers from Greens of Devon

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