Dandelion Honey Infused Pound Cake
Alright, food fam, brace yourselves for a bake that’s gonna blow your taste buds straight outta the garden! Ditch the boring boxed mixes and get ready to channel your inner Willy Wonka, because we’re whipping up a pound cake infused with the sunshine spirit of the humble dandelion.
Remember those feathery puffs you used to blow wishes on as a kid? Turns out, those golden rebels hold a secret – a sweet, honeyed essence that’s begging to be bottled (and baked!). We’re talking a syrup so good, it’ll make bees jealous. And that, my friends, is the soul of this cake. Every bite is a whisper of summer meadows, like licking sunshine right off your fingers.
But this ain’t no one-note ballad. We’re layering that dandelion magic with a chorus of flavors that’ll have your taste buds doing a synchronized swim. Picture this: plump raisins, juicy as forbidden summer berries, adding bursts of sweetness that dance with the dandelion’s honeyed hum. Candied citrus peel, like sunshine shards trapped in the batter, brings a zesty high note. And then there’s the almond, the wise old maestro grounding the party with its earthy wisdom.
The making of this cake is pure kitchen alchemy. We’ll coax that golden syrup from the dandelions, each cup a miniature sunbeam captured in glass. Eggs, frothy and golden as dandelions in their prime, get whisked into submission. Butter, soft as a summer breeze, joins the party, its richness a testament to the dandelion’s tenacious will to blossom even in the cracks. Flour, the foundation of our symphony, is sifted in gently, like dust motes waltzing in a sunbeam.
The batter, a masterpiece of textures and whispers, gets poured into its waiting pan. This ain’t your grandma’s bundt cake, folks. This is a canvas for culinary rebellion, a golden ode to the underdog weed that dares to paint the world yellow. The oven, our fiery forge, transforms it into a marvel, its aroma a siren song of childhood laughter and sticky-fingered wishes.
And when that cake emerges, its crust a map of golden brown valleys and peaks, its heart a moist, sunshine-scented paradise, we realize this is more than just dessert
Questions I often get for this recipe:
Q: Where can I find dandelions to use in the recipe?
A: Look for dandelions growing in unsprayed areas like your own yard, parks, or fields away from roads and pollution. Make sure to confirm they’re dandelions before picking, not lookalikes.
Q: Are all parts of the dandelion usable?
A: Only use the bright yellow petals for the recipe. Discard green parts and closed buds, which can be bitter.
Q: Do I need a special pan for this cake?
A: A standard loaf pan works perfectly.
You need to make the dandelion honey for this recipe. That is here: https://yeyfood.com/how-to-make-dandelion-honey/
What you need to make this wonderful cake:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
3 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup dandelion honey
1/4 cup milk
How to make it:
Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour a loaf pan.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.
In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time, then stir in vanilla extract.
Alternately add the dry ingredients and milk to the wet ingredients, mixing until just combined. Fold in dandelion honey.
Pour batter into the prepared pan and bake for 50-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Let the cake cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup dandelion honey
- 1/4 cup milk
- Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour a loaf pan.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.
- In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time, then stir in vanilla extract.
- Alternately add the dry ingredients and milk to the wet ingredients, mixing until just combined. Fold in dandelion honey.
- Pour batter into the prepared pan and bake for 50-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
- Let the cake cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Make sure you are foraging dandelions from an unsprayed area, preferably your own yard or a trusted source.
- To intensify the dandelion flavor, you can also use homemade dandelion honey instead of store-bought.
- Feel free to add other flavors to the cake, such as lemon zest, orange extract, or chopped nuts.
- Enjoy your dandelion pound cake with a drizzle of dandelion honey or whipped cream!
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