Mar 20, 2013

Honey Bee Cake with Honey Caramel Drizzle

This great little cake from 1954 has a taste and texture similar to that of a rich pound cake, and is topped with a luscious caramel-y honey drizzle and toasted almonds. The cake stands beautifully on its own- it is dense, moist, and rich, and has a subtle honey flavor. The buttery honey caramel drizzle compliments and enhances the flavors of the cake, and the almonds provide a nice crunch. We really loved this cake!


Honey Bee Cake

Ingredients:
2 and 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup honey
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 eggs, at room temperature
1 egg yolk, at room temperature
3/4 cup buttermilk, at room temperature

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9 inch cake pan with cooking spray, line the bottom with parchment paper, and spray the paper.

In a bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt, then whisk the ingredients to mix well.


In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, combine the butter, sugar, honey, and vanilla on low speed until blended. Increase the speed to high and beat until very light and fluffy, about 7 minutes. Scrape sides of bowl frequently with a spatula. Blend in the eggs and egg yolk one at a time, adding the next one as soon as the previous one has disappeared into the batter.


With the mixer on low speed, add the flour mixture in three parts, alternating with the buttermilk in two parts, beginning and ending with the flour. After each addition, mix until just barely blended and scrape the sides of the bowl. Fold the last of the flour in by hand with a spatula so that you don't overbeat the batter.


Spread the batter evenly in the prepared pan, and rap the pan firmly on the counter to release any air bubbles. Place the pan in the center of the oven and bake for 45 minutes. Rotate the pan about halfway through baking time. The cake is done when it is firm on top, and a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake will have a few moist crumbs attached.


Cool the cake in the pan on a wire rack for about an hour. Remove cake from pan, remove the parchment paper, and let it finish cooling. Serve barely warm or at room temperature, sprinkled with toasted almonds and drizzled with honey caramel.




Honey Bee Cake is delicious plain, but you may love it even more with this drizzle:

Honey Caramel Drizzle

1/2 cup honey

1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup butter

1/2 cup natural sliced almonds, lightly toasted (for garnish)


While the cake is in the oven, you can make the drizzle. Combine the honey, brown sugar and butter in a small saucepan, bring to a full boil over medium heat, stirring very frequently. Boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Serve warm or at room temperature.




The next day it made the best strawberry shortcake!



Adapted from Julie Richardson's Vintage Cakes

We go to these fun parties~



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112 comments:

  1. oooh! It looks beautiful and delicious! I love how you always give us different serving options! You are so creative and talented! :) Great pictures as well!

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    1. Paloma, thank you SO much! I think we all liked this one! :)

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  2. Beautiful...beautiful....just beautiful! Great recipe too...

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    1. Thank you, Kay! It was a fun cake to make and photograph! Thank you so very much for coming by- I appreciate it:)

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  3. Your pictures are gorgeous! Even without the brown sugar honey glaze it looks perfect! I didn't taste it without the glaze, but now I'm starting to wish I had.

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    1. Becca, thank you so much! I think this is such a great cake, that it's good either way! :)

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  4. Lovely! I can't find any other words to describe your cake! Love the leftover idea!

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    1. Thank you, Anabel! Thank you for coming over! :)

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  5. Beautiful photos! I love that you topped each slice individually (and so perfectly!).

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  6. Hi,
    We just found your blog. We have some family favorites that are passes down too.
    We would like to invite you to share this at our party that is live now: http://thebusybhive.blogspot.com/
    Thanks!
    The Busy Bee's,
    Myrna and Joye.

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  7. Joy...this cake is gorgeous! What a smart idea to caramelize that honey drizzle. How luscious it looks dripping down the sides of your cake! Lovely photos, as always! : )

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  8. I absolutely love your cake, and your accompanying photos are amazing - so talented! I love the idea of letting the glaze caramelize and will have to try that next time.

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  9. ciao Joy ! wow what settings for this wonderful cake ! great !

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  10. AWESOME!!!! as usual! Lovely pictures, I especially love that first one! I know that I love the cake plain too!

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  11. Your cake looks wonderful and the strawberries look perfect.

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    1. Anne, Felice, Natalia, Emily, and Heather: You ladies are wonderful to come by! Thank you so, so much! :)

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  12. Beautiful desert. We have a link party called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Blog Hop and would love to have you share this and any other posts with everyone. It runs from Tuesday night through midnight Sunday. Here is the link to the party.
    http://www.adornedfromabove.com/2013/03/wednesdays-adorned-from-above-blog-hop_19.html
    We hope to see you there.
    Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above

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    1. Thank you, and thanks so much for the invitation!

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  13. Goodness! looks so delish! My MIL makes a cake similar to this that we have nicknamed "messy cake" because she does put her "drizzle" on it, and as it soaks in, it's SO good. But I like the option for the individual slices as well, which is a fantastic idea. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

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  14. This is my kind of cake, Joy! It look absolutely lovely and sounds delicious. I like your idea of putting the drizzle on individual slices too.

    I've pinned your recipe and I hope to try it soon.

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  15. What a gorgeous and yummy looking cake! I love the drizzle that you made.
    Thanks so much for linking up at Real Family Fun.
    KC

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  16. Joy, this looks and sounds heavenly! I cannot wait to try it! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe and have a great week! ~Cindy@littlemisscelebration.com

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  17. This cake looks delicious. It would be a shame not to share it. So I'll be sharing in on my FB page. I found you on Foodie Friends Friday.

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    1. Nicky, thank you very much for the visit and for the share!! I will visit you!

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  18. What a delicious and gorgeous looking cake!!
    I think it's going to be my cake for the next Rosh Hashanna
    I'm saving it. Thank!!

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    1. Thanks, Winnie! I hope you enjoy it! :)

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  19. What a beautiful Cake! I have pinned you! I found this post on I'm Loving it Friday's!

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    1. Thank you, Chandra, and thanks for the pin!! :)

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  20. Joy,

    If I must add, your cake looks stunningly gorgeous!! I absolutely love your other option - strawberry :):) Good job on the lovely pics

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    1. Grace, you are so nice to come by- thank you! :)

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  21. Oh, Joy!! These look fantastic!! Love your presentation too! Gorgeous photos ;) I'm co-hosting the Sweet & Savoury Sunday Link Party this weekend and would LOVE it if you'd come by (ChattingOverChocolate.blogspot.com) and share!! You're welcome to bring a couple other favorites to the party as well! Hope to see you and your wonderful recipes there! Have a great day! :)

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    1. Brenda, thank you, and thanks for the invitaiton- I will be there! :)

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  22. Wow, love it! Pinned to Saturday Dishes board! Thanks for linking up to Saturday Dishes! Have a great week! ~ Paula

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    1. Oh, thanks very much, Paula! Saturday Dishes is a great idea and a fun party! :)

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  23. Oh my little bear has been asking about making a honey cake... I may have just found my Easter Dessert!

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  24. Holly, I hope you and Li'l Bear love the cake....Happy Easter! :)

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  25. Hi Joy,
    This is a fabulous cake that we will just love. It will be perfect for the spring season. Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  26. Thank you, Miz Helen, and thanks for coming by! I always enjoy Full Plate Thursday! :)

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  27. Fantastic photos and great recipe! I bet the buttermilk gives this cake a really nice texture and I can't wait for the chance to make some for myself!

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  28. This cake looks so beautiful and sounds absolutely delicious! I love anything with honey, and this sounds like a wonderful dessert!

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  29. I'm laughing at myself right now. Have been seeing Honey Bee Cake all over the place and didn't realize an entire group was making it. It all makes sense now! I think the drizzle looks great--almost like the stripes on a bee.
    Thank you for linking w/ See Ya in the Gumbo this week.

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    1. Lol! I didn’t think about the stripes of drizzle looking like the stripes on a bee- I love that!

      Thanks for a great party! Hope you have a good week!!

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  30. This looks so yummy. I can't wait to try it!

    ~Emily
    A Tossed Salad Life

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  31. It looks so good! Reminds me of a cake my grandmother used to make. Thanks for sharing with Foodie Friends Friday!

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    1. Lois, thank you so much! Thanks for coming by- you know I love FFF! :)

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  32. That honey caramel sauce looks to die for! - great photos!

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    1. Thank you, Summer- and thanks for stopping by! I appreciate the visit! :)

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  33. Hi Joy, I saw this on Marvelous Mondays. It looks fantastic! Keep up the good work!

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    1. Jackie, thank you so very much! I'm so glad you came by! :)

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  34. Wow, this looks amazing, and your photography is beautiful!

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    1. Oh, thank you so very much, Jennifer! I appreciate the kind words! Thanks for stopping by! :)

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  35. This looks delicious, I can't wait to try it :-D Pinning it to my baking board now! Thanks for posting.

    Hannah ♫
    Sew Lah Tea Dough

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    1. Hi, Hannah! Thanks for the Pin, and thank you so much for coming by! I enjoyed reading about the housewarming cupcakes you made! :

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  36. Hi,
    We’ve recently launched the website RecipesUS.com. It’s a search engine that aims to gather all the best recipes from US websites and blogs in one place. We’ve noticed that you have a lot of great looking recipes on your blog that we would love to feature on our site. To read more about how it all works and to sign up with your blog, please visit: http://recipesus.com or send us an email on info@recipesus.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

    Kind regards,
    Senka

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    1. Thank you for the invitation! :)

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  37. This cake looks fantastic and if a cake can be comfort food, this is it. Thank you for sharing.

    We may have met by chance...but we become friends by choice.
    http://simpleesue.com/try-one-new-recipe-a-week-strawberry-cream-omelet/

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    1. Sue, thank you so much- I appreciate you coming by! :)

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  38. ooh honey, lol, this is right up my alley! Pinned for later
    Thanks so much for sharing with us at "In and Out of the Kitchen"

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    1. Ha! Me, too, Dawn!! Thanks for hosting In and Out of the kitchen! :)

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  39. Coming to you from the Hearth and Soul Blog Hop. Absolutely LOVE baking with honey....what a fabulous recipe!! Looks delish!

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  40. Thank you for sharing at Tuesday Trivia this week at Memories by the Mile. You are featured on today's post. I absolutely am in love with this cake and your blog. It's all about the memories.
    Happy Easter,
    Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile

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    1. Wanda Ann, that means so much to me- many, many thanks! Thanks for the feature, and thank you for coming by! I wish you and yours a beautiful Easter!

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  41. This looks delicious, Joy! AND with a Honey Caramel Drizzle :-) Thank you for sharing at ALL MY BLOGGY FRIENDS !

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    1. Thank you, Linda! LOVE All My Bloggy Friends! :)

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  42. This looks delicious! Pinned to my food board. Thanks for sharing at Marvelous Mondays!

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    1. Thank you, Julie! I love Marvelous Mondays! :)

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  43. This looks so yummy!

    Would love for you to link it and your other cake recipes up at my new Empty Your Archive link party which is a chance to dust off great posts from your archive - there is a focus this week on big cakes - would really love to see you there, Alice @ Mums Make Lists x

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    1. Alice, thank you so much, and thanks for the invitation! I'll check it out! :)

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  44. Joy, this looks amazing and so delicious! YUM Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent. Have a Happy Easter!
    Hugs
    Kathy

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    1. Kathy, thank you so much, and thanks for coming by! I always enjoy A Bouquet of Talent! :)

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  45. Absolutely gorgeous! I've pinned it - this would make a lovely dessert for Easter dinner.

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    1. Thank you for pinning, Alea, and for coming by!!

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  46. You were featured at Freedom Fridays Blog hop!! I just pinned this and posted it on Facebook:)) Thank you for sharing at Freedom Fridays!!

    Hugs, My Friend

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    1. Evelyn, this just makes my day- thank you SO very much!

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  47. Hi Joy!
    Just stopping by to let you know that Carrie and I will be featuring this at tomorrow night's Marvelous Mondays party! Have a great weekend!

    Julie @ This Gal Cooks

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    1. Julie, THANKS! I'm so excited! :)

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  48. Thank you for entering this recipe at the Top Recipe Showcase for March 2013. This looks so good. I wish I was as creative as you.

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  49. I seriously want some of this cake, making it soon! Thanks for sharing at SAt. Dishes ~ Paula

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  50. I've pinned this. It sounds lovely. Newly following from www.meltingmoments.net

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    1. Kaz, thank you! I am looking forward to visiting your blog! :)

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  51. This cake looks perfect! I love the taste of honey! Thanks for linking in at the Make Bake Create! This is going to be pinned to our board here: http://pinterest.com/bubblynature/the-best-of-~make~-bake~-create~/

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  52. Your pics of this cake are all so wonderful!
    I love the idea of serving with the sauce and nuts separate. Yum!

    :)
    Holly

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  53. Woot! You have been featured this week at Recipe Sharing Monday! The new link party is up and I'd love to see you back. Have a great week. :)

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    1. Ali, THANKS! I will definitely be there! :)

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  54. Thank you for popping in for a visit at my blog! I'm so glad it led me here... you have a beautiful thing going on. I love the recipes, the photos, and the whole vintage feel. It feels like I've come home to my mom's kitchen :)

    And this cake with the honey drizzle? Definitely planning on trying it soon!

    Happily following you now,

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    (¸.·´ (¸.·`¤... Jennifer
    Jenn's Random Scraps

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  55. SOOO beautiful!! And that honey caramel drizzle sounds AMAZING!! Thanks for linking this up at the last Weekend Kitchen Party...hope to see you this weekend too!

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  56. This looks beautiful! I love honey and I LOVE cooking with honey. Most recently I made honey and almond biscotti (http://susansumptuousuppers.wordpress.com/2013/04/07/honey-and-almond-biscotti/) but i have bumble bee biscuits that I make too, and I've been toying with the idea of making honey toffees. I also plan to cure my next batch of home made bacon in honey. Keep up the good work!

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    1. All of those honey projects sound SO good! I will have to come over and check them out! :)

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  57. I think I'll just keep buzzing around your blog! Of course I'm pinning this & can't wait to try! Love it Joy!Visiting from DearCreatives.com

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    1. Lol! You are going to be a lot of fun, I can tell!! Thank you for such a day-brightener!

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  58. Your Honey Bee Cake makes me happy! I made this for Easter and it was a big hit!

    Thank you for spreading JOY and sharing at the Oh What a HAPPY Day party.

    Holly at Not Done Growing

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    1. Holly, I am thrilled that you made my cake and that it was a hit! Thank you for letting me know! And thank you for hosting the always-wonderful Oh What a Happy Day Party!

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  59. Just spectacular, Joy. Love it. Cheers

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    1. Thank you, Carole, and thanks for coming by! :)

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  60. Woman, your cakes will be the death of me!!
    ~April

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    1. THIS from the girl who created "Banana Cake with Almond Cream Cheese Frosting", lol!! :) I'm so glad you visited!

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  61. Looking for guest posts for my blog in September. I'm doing a series celebrating "National Honey Month" and would love your bee-inspired crafts, projects, honey-laden recipes, etc.... Anything and everything related to BEES..... (Hey, I don't need much reason to throw a party!) Please contact me if you'd be interested in guest posting!!!!

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  62. Cake looks super delicious!! I have pinned this and will bake sometime soon. :)

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    1. Divya, thank you so much for coming by and for pinning! I hope you have a wonderful week! :)

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  63. i made it yesterday. My parents and my brother loved it. Tastes sooo good!!
    Greetings from Greece

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    1. George, thank you so much- I am so glad you tried it and enjoyed it! You are so very thoughtful to come by and let me know! :)

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  64. We got a beehive last year. This will be the first year to get honey. Always on the lookout for honey recipes. Pinned to try.

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  65. This sounds fantastic! Pinned to try later! Stopping by Lamberts Lately!

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  66. This sounds wonderful!!! And a honey, brown sugar and butter drizzle... holy moly! We will have to make this for sure!

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  67. Joy this looks so yummy! Love the name too. :)

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  68. That looks amazing! Can you ship me a piece, please? Lol. Thanks for sharing at Thursday Favorite Things. I hope you will join us again next Thursday!

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  69. Joy, that looks absolutely beautiful...and yummy of course too! If you have a moment, I love it if you would share it with us at #FoodieFriDIY too!

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  70. YUM! This sounds and looks delicious Joy. I will be decorating my table and kitchen in a bee theme for May. I certainly need to make this cake! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  71. Hi Joy!! That looks absolutely amazing!! Great dessert!! Thanks for Sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday!! Hope to see you again tomorrow...love your stuff!! Pinned!

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  72. Hi Joy,
    I have been out of town all weekend attending a Women's Retreat but wanted to stop by to give you the good news. Congratulations,your recipe is a Top Ten this week on Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a great week and enjoy your new Red Plate!
    Miz Helen

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