Hello, Good News! Welcome to another article where we share with you the best recipes for your sweet tooth. Today, we are going to show you how to make a honeybell cake, a moist and fluffy cake with a tangy and creamy honeybell curd topping. Honeybells are a type of citrus fruit that are also known as Minneola tangelos. They are a cross between a grapefruit and a tangerine, and they have a distinctive bell shape and a bright orange color. Honeybells are very juicy and sweet, with a hint of tartness. They are perfect for making desserts, especially cakes and pies.
If you have never tried a honeybell cake before, you are in for a treat. This cake is easy to make and uses simple ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry. The cake batter is flavored with honeybell juice and zest, which gives it a fresh and citrusy taste. The cake is baked in a 9×13 inch pan, which makes it ideal for serving a crowd or for having leftovers. The honeybell curd is made by cooking honeybell juice, zest, sugar, eggs, butter, and lemon juice in a saucepan until thickened. The curd is then folded into whipped cream and spread over the cooled cake. The result is a light and airy frosting that complements the cake perfectly.
Why You Should Make a Honeybell Cake
Honeybells are Seasonal and Limited
One of the reasons why you should make a honeybell cake is because honeybells are not available all year round. In fact, they have a very short harvest season that lasts only from January to February. This means that you have to act fast if you want to enjoy these delicious fruits while they are fresh. Honeybells are also limited in supply, as they are grown only in certain regions of Florida and California. They are also delicate and prone to damage from frost or temperature changes. Therefore, they have to be hand-picked and hand-packed with care.
If you miss the opportunity to buy fresh honeybells, you can still order them online from reputable citrus growers who ship them directly to your door. However, this can be expensive and you may not get the same quality as buying them locally. Alternatively, you can use frozen or canned honeybell juice or zest, but they may not have the same flavor or aroma as fresh ones. That’s why we recommend making a honeybell cake when you have access to fresh honeybells, as this will give you the best results.
Honeybells are Nutritious and Delicious
Another reason why you should make a honeybell cake is because honeybells are nutritious and delicious. Honeybells are rich in vitamin C, which helps boost your immune system and protect your cells from damage. They also contain fiber, which aids digestion and lowers cholesterol levels. Honeybells are low in calories and fat, making them a healthy snack or dessert option. Honeybells have a unique flavor that combines the sweetness of tangerines with the tartness of grapefruits. They have a thin peel that is easy to remove and a juicy flesh that bursts with flavor.
Honeybells are great for eating fresh or for making juices, salads, jams, sauces, and desserts. They add a refreshing and zesty touch to any dish. Honeybells pair well with other fruits, such as berries, bananas, apples, pears, and melons. They also go well with nuts, chocolate, cream cheese, yogurt, and whipped cream. Honeybells can enhance the flavor of cakes, pies, muffins, cookies, cheesecakes, puddings, ice creams, sorbets, and more. One of our favorite ways to use honeybells is to make a honeybell cake with honeybell curd frosting.
Honeybell Cake is Easy and Fun to Make
The third reason why you should make a honeybell cake is because it is easy and fun to make. You don’t need any special equipment or skills to make this cake. All you need are some basic ingredients and tools that you probably already have in your kitchen. You will need flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, butter, sugar, eggs, yogurt, vanilla extract, honeybells (or honeybell juice and zest), lemon juice (or lemon juice concentrate), heavy cream (or whipping cream), orange extract (optional), and sugar (or powdered sugar).
To make the cake batter, you simply mix the dry ingredients in one bowl and the wet ingredients in another bowl. Then you combine the two mixtures and pour them into a greased baking pan. You bake the cake for about 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. To make the honeybell curd, you whisk together the honeybell juice, zest, sugar, eggs, butter, and lemon juice in a saucepan. You cook the mixture over low heat, stirring constantly, until it thickens and coats the back of a spoon. You let the curd cool slightly and then refrigerate it until chilled. To make the whipped cream, you beat the heavy cream, orange extract, and sugar in a large bowl until stiff peaks form. You fold in the honeybell curd and spread it over the cooled cake. You can decorate the cake with more honeybell zest or slices if you like.
Honeybell Cake Recipe
Now that you know why you should make a honeybell cake, let’s get to the recipe. Here are the ingredients and directions for making a honeybell cake with honeybell curd frosting.
|All-purpose flour||2 1/2 cups|
|Baking powder||1 teaspoon|
|Baking soda||1/2 teaspoon|
|Salted butter, softened||10 tablespoons|
|Sugar||1 3/4 cups|
|Honeybell juice, fresh squeezed (about 4 honeybells)||1 cup (divided)|
|Honeybell zest (about 2 honeybells)||2 tablespoons (divided)|
|Plain Greek yogurt||3/4 cup|
|Vanilla extract||1 teaspoon|
|Lemon juice or lemon juice concentrate||2 tablespoons|
|Unsalted butter||1/4 cup|
|For the whipped cream:|
|Heavy cream or whipping cream:|
|Orange extract (optional):|
|Sugar or powdered sugar:|
|Plain Greek yogurt:|