This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #DonVictorHoney #HoneyForHolidays #CollectiveBias. This gingerbread poke cake is the perfect dessert for the holiday season. Full of spices, molasses and sweetened with Don Victor® Orange Blossom Comb Honey Globe Jar, it’s an easy cake to throw together. Then caramel sauce gets poured over it and a honey whipped cream spread on top for a delicious holiday dessert I know your family is going to LOVE.
Growing up in the sticks of upstate NY, my mother would always buy her honey from one of those cute little road side stands. To me that just always made the honey a little more special. Well this one time, instead of just a cute honey bear my mother got a large (and I mean like Winnie the Pooh style) jar of honey. Why? I have no idea. But who cares because now there was this gigantic glass jar of honey just sitting in our cupboard. Because of its size, she kept it in the bottom cupboard. And what did that mean? Easy access for me. I seriously remember grabbing a spoon, plopping myself down on the floor. Pulling out that jar with both hands and all my might and unscrewing that slightly stuck on sticky top. And just diving in. Spoonful after spoonful. Yeah, I love me some honey.
So when I got an opportunity to create a holiday dessert for Don Victor® honey, I jumped at the chance. Now as much as I love the sweet sticky stuff, I realize I don’t bake with it all that much. Shame, shame on me. But here was an opportunity to change all that. And I started thinking of what holiday dessert made with honey that would just knock your socks off. And that’s when my brain went to gingerbread. All those spices, paired up with molasses, it had to be a winner. Honey is a great substitute for molasses and you get all that wholesome goodness getting stirred into your cake.
What’s great about Don Victor® honey is that is a raw, filtered honey that is not heated or processed in any other way. There is actual real honeycomb in the jar! How cool is that? Now, if you are wandering around your local Walmart looking for it, you are not going to find this honey in the regular honey aisle. Don Victor® honey is located in your international foods/Hispanic aisle.
How To Make This Gingerbread Caramel Poke Cake:
So I created this gingerbread caramel poke cake with honey whipped cream. And oh my word, friends. It’s delicious. How do I know? Well, when you have to force yourself to stop taking extra bites after you already ate a slice. Your co-workers are begging for the recipe. And your significant other tells you he had a hard time trying to not eat a second piece. You know you got a winner on your hands.
What I love about this cake (and what I know you will love as well) is that it is an easy cake to throw together. I start by sifting my dry ingredients together in one bowl. Sifting is important to make sure your leavening agents and spices all get evenly mixed. I added generous amounts of cinnamon, ginger, and cloves to this cake so it’s bursting with gingerbread flavor. In my second bowl, I simply whisked my wet ingredients together. No mixer needed here friend. This cake uses vegetable oil, applesauce, Don Victor® honey, molasses, brown sugar, and 1 room temperature egg. The first cake I made without the applesauce, but I found it to be way too dry. The applesauce was key in keeping this cake perfectly moist.
Quick trick for measuring your honey and molasses: Spray your measuring cup with cooking spray so it easily releases!
Once you have whisked your wet ingredients, go ahead and stir in your dry ingredients and 1 cup of boiling water. The water is another secret ingredient to making this cake super moist. Once added, just be sure to not over-mix your batter.
After the cake comes out, you immediately want to take a skewer or the end of a wooden spoon and poke holes into the cake. The more the merrier I believe. Then it’s time to pour some deliciousness all over the top. Caramel sauce. Now it’s the holidays, so I get it if you don’t want to make your own homemade caramel sauce. You can definitely use a jarred caramel if the holidays got you a bit frazzled. I totally get it.
Of course no cake would be complete without a topping if you ask me. So I decided to use the honey and the honeycomb to make a homemade whipped cream. Instead of using powdered sugar to sweetened my whipped cream, I stirred a few tablespoon of the honey, along with the honeycomb into the whipped heavy cream. Why have I not been making my whipped cream this way the whole time? It’s perfectly sweetened with just a few tablespoons of honey. So simple. So delicious.
Now I used the honeycomb in my whipped cream which is totally optional of course. The whipped cream would be fantastic with just the honey being added. You can save the honeycomb for yourself. No one would judge you. Toast an English muffin, slather it with butter, and spread some honeycomb right on top. The honeycomb will become softened and aromatic. Perfect way to start a hectic holiday morning, don’t you think?
Other ways to use the honeycomb:
- Spread it on pancakes, French toast, or biscuits.
- Create a cheese platter and place some honeycomb in a dish in the center of the plate. Your guests can spread some cheese on a cracker and top it off with a chunk of honeycomb.
- Top some brie cheese with it for a stunning an easy appetizer!
Now this cake is easy to throw together. And when it comes to the holidays, that’s the kind of baking we need in our lives don’t we? This cake took about 15-20 minutes to whip up. Seriously that’s it. So simplify things even further, and pick up two jars of this honey this holiday season. One for this cake. And save one for a gift. You know those last minute gifts you always need. A neighbor comes over with an unexpected gift for you. Or that teacher you forgot to get a gift for. I mean for less than $10 a pretty globe of jar of honey? You can’t go wrong.
So now I may not be a kid anymore, but I totally would grab a spoon a jar of this honey. Plop down on the kitchen floor, and enjoy.
Until next time, happy baking!
Gingerbread Poke Cake
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For the whipped cream
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