Sunday, September 16, 2012

Cake of Bees

Out of all the Neo- Psych, Doom Metal bands in existence, I have to say Witchcraft is my total fave.
They formed in Örebro, Sweden in 2000 as a Pentagram cover band. Then they released the single "No Angel or Demon," which got them signed to Rise Above. They've been releasing great records ever since. I will never get tired of their heavy, yet seemingly effortless, retro-doomy riffs, and catchy hooks.
Part of the reason why they sound so awesome is because they record their music analog, and on vintage equipment. Their music really feels like it's not of this time. It's as if they were frozen thirty-five years ago, and have recently thawed out.
I think my favorite song by Witchcraft is the B-side to their "If Crimson Was Your Colour" single, entitled "I Know You Killed Someone." Oh man... It is super fantastic! Their new record Legend is scheduled for release in a couple of days on Sept 25th. It's their first new album in 5 years. I really can't wait to hear what Magnus Pelander and company have in store for my ears this time.

This recipe was inspired by another one of my favorite Witchcraft songs, "Queen of Bees." The star ingredient in these cakes is of course, Honey.

Witchcraft: Cake of Bees 


Makes 18

Metal Constituents: 

    • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 cup buttermilk
    • 1/4 cup honey
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla
    • 1 stick butter, room temperature
    • 3/4 cup sugar
    • 2 eggs
    • 2 teaspoons lemon zest 
      For the frosting:
      • 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
      • 1 package (8oz) cream cheese
      • 1/4 cup honey
      • Honeycomb cereal 
      • more honey for garnish

      Merciless Instructions: 

      1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cupcake tin with baking cups, and set aside.
      2. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
      3. In a small bowl whisk together buttermilk, honey and vanilla. Set aside.
      4. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
      5. Add eggs, one at a time beating well after each addition.
      6. Add lemon zest, and beat until combined.
      7. Add flour mixture in 3 batches, alternating with buttermilk mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture.
      8. Fill baking cups about 2/3 full.
      9. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into one of the cupcakes comes out clean.
      10. Let cupcakes cool in the pan for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
      11. To make the frosting: In the bowl of an electric mixer, whisk together butter, cream cheese, and honey until fluffy and smooth.
      12. Frost completely cooled cakes.
      13. Top with a piece of Honeycomb cereal, then drizzle with more honey.
      14. Your cakes look so sweet, are they what they seem?
      Here is some live footage of Witchcraft playing "Queen of Bees." Enjoy!

      Also, while researching this post, I learned the Swedish word for cake is "Kaka." Seriously, Kaka.


        Lori Bertrand said...

        I love the honey comb touch. Brilliant!

        Kathy Bejma said...

        Thanks Lori! I'll be eating Honeycomb for breakfast for the rest of the week.

        Carm said...

        I love those "ME WANT HONEYCOMB" commercials! :D