Turmeric Cake Honey Buttercream Recipe

I have made variations of sfouf, a traditional semolina turmeric cake on my blog before. From cupcakes and now this Turmeric Cake Honey Buttercream recipe. Because the holy month of Ramadan is upon us, I wanted to share a fun cake to enjoy with family. Ramadan is the ninth month in the Islamic Lunar calendar, in which Muslims around the world, who are of age and good health, fast from sun rise to sun set. This means refraining from food and drink, and all of our bad habits. Those who are exempt from fasting include children and the elderly, those who are ill, pregnant, nursing and menstruating. 

Ramadan is a time of reflection, spirituality and connecting to God. It is a time to give in charity and spend time with family and friends. During this holy month, the Quran (holy book for Muslims) was revealed to the Propher Mohamed (peace be upon him). Many muslims strive to read the entire Quran during this month, as a form of worship and reflection and a way to connect to our prophet and Lord.

This is the month in which Iftar, the time of breaking fast, is generally spent with family and community. I created this cake as a special dessert to celebrate!

Turmeric Cake recipe

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Gingerbread Cake with Orange Icing

orange icing, gingerbread cake

I love a beautiful cake pan almost as much as the cake that bakes within it!

Hussein and I were at the mall last weekend and I had to stop and have a look (and only a look, I promised) at William Sonoma when I came across the most beautiful Nordic Ware pan. I *had* to have it. 

gingerbread cake with orange icing

I then set out to make a special cake flavor to go with this oh *so* special pan. I wanted it to be festive, reminiscent of the season and unlike other cakes that I have made before.

I decided on a gingerbread cake and landed on this recipe from Bon Appetit. I paired it with a very simple orange icing 😀

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Gingerbread Cake with Orange Icing
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Serves: 8 servings
Gingerbread Cake
  • ¾ cup canola oil
  • ½ cup molasses
  • ¾ cup dark brown sugar
  • ¾ cup boiling water
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground clove
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
Orange Icing
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2½ tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 9inch baking pan with non-stick baking spray.
  2. In a bowl, mix oil, brown sugar and molasses until well combined.
  3. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well in between each addition.
  4. Sift together flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, clove.
  5. Add the flour to the wet ingredients. Also add in the boiling water and orange zest.
  6. Mix until all ingredients are combined, being careful not to overmix.
  7. Bake for 35 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean
  8. Allow the cake to cool completely
  1. Mix powdered sugar with orange juice and zest, until well combined
  2. Use a pipping bag to decorate your cake
  3. Enjoy 🙂


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