Saturday, July 12, 2014

Baklava Upside-down Poke Cake

While there are occasions when I'm up for spending all day in the kitchen, they are few and far between. So this upside-down poke cake is my solution to getting all the lovely flavors of baklava, a usually time-consuming endeavor, into a quick, but still delectable, dessert. 

Baklava Upside-down Poke Cake


  • Duncan Hines Butter Golden Cake Mix (eggs, water, and butter needed in recipe)
Nut Topping (adapted from ATK baklava recipe)

  • 2 ounces blanched slivered almonds
  • 4 ounces walnuts
  • 3/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • pinch salt
  • 8T butter, melted

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup honey
  • 1T lemon juice

  1. Pulse almonds and walnut in food processor until finely chopped.
  2. In medium bowl, combine chopped nuts with cinnamon, cloves, sugar, and salt.
  3. Spray 9x13 glass pan with non-stick spray.
  4. Spread 4T melted butter into bottom of pan.
  5. Sprinkle nut mixture over melted butter and then spoon remaining 4T of melted butter over nut mixture.
  6. Prepare batter as directed on box. 
  7. Pour cake mix over nuts.
  8. Baked as directed.
  9. Let cake cool 30 minutes, then poke hole using skewers (I used chopsticks).
  10. Meanwhile, in medium saucepan, stir together water, sugar, honey, and lemon juice. Bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes or until slightly thickened (but eh, mine didn’t get much thicker).
  11. Pour 1 cup of syrup over cake so it gets into all those nooks. Save remaining syrup (should be about 1 cup left over) to pour of individual slices.
  12. You can cut and serve the cake right away or chill in fridge overnight.
To serve: Cut and invert the slice of cake so it is nut-side up and drizzle with syrup as desired.

Don't know what else to say about it except it takes how you would expect a baklava cake to taste: good, super moist, and full of nuts and honey. With significantly less leg work than baklava itself, it's a more than acceptable substitute. 

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