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Honey cake with coriander seed, spelt & orange

Servings: 1 18cm (7in) cake


  • 275g (9¾oz) butter
  • 250g (9oz) golden caster sugar
  • 4 tpsp runny honey
  • grated zest of 1 orange
  • 2 tsp coriander seeds, toasted and crushed
  • 4 large eggs
  • 150g (5½oz) spelt flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 150g (5½oz) ground almonds

For the honey coriander syrup

  • 4 tbsp t runny honey
  • 2 tsp coriander seeds, toasted and crushed
  • juice of 1 orange


  • Heat the oven to 170°C/325°F/gas mark 3. In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter until creamy. Add the sugar, honey, orange zest and coriander seeds and beat thoroughly until very light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, adding a spoonful of the flour with each and beating thoroughly before adding the next egg and spoon of flour.
  • Combine the remaining flour with the baking powder and sift into the beaten butter, sugar and egg. Using a large metal spoon, carefully fold the flour and baking powder into the mixture, until combined. Stir in the almonds, and mix until evenly combined.
  • Grease an 18cm (7in) springform cake tin, then line it with baking parchment. Spoon the mixture into the tin, spreading the cake batter evenly with the back of the spoon. Stand the tin on a baking sheet (the batter may leak a little during cooking) and bake the cake in the oven for about 50 minutes, until the sponge is springy to the touch and a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.
  • Remove the cake from the oven and let it cool slightly while you make the syrup. Combine all the syrup ingredients in a pan, whisk together and place over a medium–high heat, without stirring, for 4–5 minutes, until reduced. Without removing the cake from the tin, gently prick the surface with a toothpick, and drizzle over the syrup so that it soaks into the hot sponge. Leave the cake in the tin for a further 30 minutes or so, before removing from the tin and placing on to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • The cake tastes best if you leave it for a day or two before eating, and it will store well for at least a week in an airtight tin.