I was unfamiliar with this type of batter. Whisk the dry ingredients together: flour, baking powder, spices, salt and pepper. Yes, pepper. Then rub the lemon zest (I didn't have an orange on hand) and the sugar together with your fingers. Use the mixer's whisk attachment to blend the wet ingredients into the sugar: eggs, honey, vanilla. Gently fold the dry ingredients into the wet, followed by melted butter.
Dorie gives options at this point (I love her recipes for this.). I chose to fill the buttered pan, cover it and then refrigerate for 3 hours.
I baked and banged the pan on the counter. All 12 little cakes popped right out onto the rack.
These are definitely guest-, or even hostess gift- worthy. Tender and spicey. Not overly sweet.