Hemp and honey cakes

After the Phoenix Designation Ceremony all the new chosen are served hemp and honey cakes as part of the celebrations to mark their new status and the start of their new role within the family.  


  The best cakes are made with the ground seeds of the smallest seeds from the Desert hemp plant. Servants within each of the families will spend hours picking them multiple times a day, to ensure they are the perfect size, and then working with a pestle and mortar to create a flour. The outer husks are added to the animal feed, so nothing is wasted.  

Recipe for hemp and honey cake

  • 250g honey
  • 225g cooled melted butter
  • 100g dark sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 300g desert hemp flour
  • 3tsp raising agent
  • 2tsp spice mix, varies by family
  1. Mix all the ingredients together, put in a greased, lined tin and bake in a oven preheated to 150C for about an hour.
  2. Glaze with an extra teaspoon of warmed honey.
  3. Cool in the tin overnight.


  The cakes are decorated according to the role chosen by each individual. They are presented to them by the person who they will be reporting to in their new role. The decorations are more detailed for the people taking up more important roles, and so are a status symbol alongside the order in which they were chosen. Undecorated cakes are also provided for everyone else to enjoy.


The first records of hemp and honey cakes are from the tribal periods pre-dating the origin of the Fenixia Empire, where they were enjoyed as a celebration. As the family structure developed within Fenixia, the cakes gained more of a role within the families. Now they are really only served as part of the Phoenix Designation Ceremony, and everyone looks forward to enjoying them then.
by Clarissa Gosling
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30 Jul, 2022 21:00

Good article. I really like the addition of the actual recipe. The history is interesting and raises questions on symbolic or ritual significance aside from just special occasion due to the labor intensive harvest of the seeds.

15 Aug, 2022 12:22

Thank you!