Honey Cake Recipe

Posted: October 18th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

In addition to hating on Klout and writing random code blog posts, I’ve decided to branch out a bit with my posts and write about one of my other passions: baking and cooking. I recently had a Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) dinner party with my roommates and made several desserts. The traditional dessert for the holiday is a Honey Cake, for a “sweet” new year. I’ve tried about 5 recipes and this is my favorite. Pictures, ingredient list and directions can be found below.


  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup coffee
  • 1/2 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/4 cup bourbon

Preparation Instructions:

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves and allspice
  2. Make a well in the center, and add oil, honey, granulated sugar, brown sugar, eggs, vanilla, coffee, orange juice and bourbon
  3. Mix well and then portion into tins. Do not overbeat! If you are using an electric mixer, do so at a low setting.

This is a huge recipe and its into FIVE 7.75 Inch x 3.75 Inch x 2.75 loaf pans. I normally just pick up a pack of 6 disposable aluminum tins at the grocery store.

The batter should look like this once combined:

The cakes keep for up to 5 days and honestly are better after sitting for a day, just cover with foil or cling wrap in the tin to store. Enjoy!

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