Let me try to recall... I reduced the sugar by 1/4 cup, but since it has a lot of honey in the cake, it is still very sweet. It is a sweet cake because it is meant to be like this - as the cake is for sweet new year. It's like our Chinese New Year, we also have to have really sweet candied fruits etc for our sweet new year too.
Iirc, I think I read the instructions wrongly.. I think was supposed to line the pan, but don't know what I was thinking and I lined the outside of pan with newspaper and even put a thick layer of newspaper at the bottom of the pan. At that point I thought I was being very clever and save some parchment?!?!?
The cake itself was nice and moist. But because I added too much coffee, the main note is coffee and tasted more like coffee cake instead of honey cake... such a waste. I think my good honey I used was in a way such a waste because I couldn't taste the main honey note. As this cake is meant to be sweet, so no one should complain about how sweet it is.