I finally decided to have a go at making one of Adriano Zumbo's creations.
As you flick through the pages of his book there are so many wacky, wonderful and delicious looking sweets.
I mainly chose this one because I had the ingredients (well most of them) and I do love honeycomb.
Really it is a straight forward cake, right? a cake rolled with buttercream covered in a glaze then topped with some honeycomb.
But as you make your way though the recipe it does get a bit more complicated.
You start with the glaze which requires a 'neutral glaze' that you must prepare first.
It also requires ingredients such as gelatin leaves (I used powdered), pectin (I used jam setter - yes really) and liquid glucose (left it out).
Not surprisingly my glaze was not perfect, but it still tasted good.
The honey comb is poured into a shoe box to cool, seriously that is what Zumbo recommends!
A decent chunk is broken off, chopped finely and folded through the buttercream.
The buttercream also requires preparation of creme patisserie, and it contains almond meal which I found odd but actually it tasted great.
I loved the spiced cake which was made mainly of honey that is whipped with butter.
It is coated with coconut then rolled up with the delicious buttercream.
The glaze is then poured over the cake and decorated with honeycomb.
The aroma of this honey cake was heavenly, and it tasted beautiful, very sweet.
The best part - sharing it with friends under fairy lights.