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Baking with Honey: Substitute Honey for Sugar with 7 Simple Rules


Maybe you tried raw honey for the first time, and maybe you fell in love and took some home. Months later, maybe the jar you purchased is sitting in the back corner of a cupboard, neglected and slowly crystallizing (which, for the record, is a good thing).

If this sounds familiar, we can help. What do you do with raw honey? So many things, but one of our favorites: bake with it.

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Topics: Insider, Raw Honey, Honey Recipes, Baking with Honey

Real, Raw, and Lucky

You don't have to wait till St. Patrick's day to make this moist and savory Guinness & Honey Chocolate Cake, but if you do it will sure to be a hit on that holiday. Made with our smooth and floral Star Thistle honey, this easy dessert goes just as well with coffee, tea, or, yep—Guinness. Happy St. Patrick's Day.—Zeke

Guinness & Honey Chocolate Cake
For Cake
1 cup Guinness MINUS 2 tablespoons
½ cup + 2 Tablespoons butter            
½ cup cocoa
1 cup superfine sugar
3/4 cup + 1 Tablespoon Star Thistle Honey
¾ cup sour cream
2 eggs
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 ½ teaspoons baking soda
For Frosting
8 oz cream cheese
1 ¼ cups powered sugar
½ cup heavy cream
Preheat oven to 325. Grease 9-inch springform pan and line with parchment paper. 
Heat sliced butter and Guinness in large saucepan until butter is almost melted, add honey and blend well until mixture is fully blended.  Remove from heat.  Whisk in superfine sugar and cocoa.  Beat sour cream, eggs and vanilla in a separate bowl; add to the Guinness mixture in saucepan. Blend well, then beat in the flour and baking soda.
Pour batter in to pan and bake for the first 20 minutes at 325, then increase temperature to 350 for last 25-30 minutes - check with toothpick (should come out clean).  When done, cool completely in the pan on a wire rack.
For frosting, beat powered sugar and cream cheese together until creamy. Add heavy cream and beat until spreadable. Lay it on thick like a good Irish brogue.

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Topics: Baking with Honey