These honey cakes ($4) baked by Bee Desserts in the West Village have quickly become a favorite of mine. Coated in a crackly thin shell of dark chocolate, the cakes have not a grain of sugar, but instead have honey as the key sweetener. Ingredients are straightforward: mainly wheat flour, milk, honey, condensed milk, chocolate, and spices.
The cakes come in four flavors: original, marshmallow, honey, and Cognac. Slightly larger than, say, a Ding-Dong, and very moist, each cake is wrapped in shiny foil and given its own little box. Ideal for little gifts, they present quite nicely. Slice the cake in half to reveal the crumb, golden and tender, with every pore oozing sweet honey. At room temperature it practically drips honey, though it's equally wonderful when served very cold for a slightly firmer texture. Pictured above is the marshmallow version—see that thin layer of marshmallow, all melty and gooey, between the cake and chocolate? Be still, my heart!
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