This tested-until-perfect Honey Cake Recipe will provide you with a flavorful, moist and perfectly sweetened spice cake the following day. Even if you don’t celebrate Rosh Hashanah, you should make this dessert!
I grew up with the belief that freshness is always better.
But as in most things, there are exceptions… take this recipe for banana muffins, for instance. They become really flavorful and super moist the following day. The roasted bananas used in the recipe are probably a contributing factor.
Today, I’m sharing a honey bundt cake that transforms itself into the perfect treat to have with a cup of coffee or tea or even an espresso… the next day! You won’t believe the transformation in taste and texture!
Spices like cinnamon, cloves and allspice, when combined with coffee and honey, create a perfectly sweetened honey cake with an incredible texture and delicious flavor. The best part is that you only need a couple of bowls to make it.
How to make honey cake
As far as the recipe is concerned, nothing could be easier. The title should be modified to an easy cake recipe from scratch since all that is required are two bowls and a whisk.
Let’s begin by preheating the oven to 350°F (175°C).
Grease and flour (or use non-stick spray) a 10-inch bundt pan. Set aside.
In the first bowl, properly whisk together all the dry ingredients.
More specifically, 3½ cups of flour (500 grams), 1½ teaspoons baking powder, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, ½ teaspoon cloves, and ½ teaspoon allspice. Set aside for now.
In another large bowl, whisk together the rest of the ingredients.
More specifically, begin by whisking 3 room temperature eggs for a few minutes. Add 1 cup of granulated white sugar and continue to whisk together for an additional 2-3 minutes.
Next, add ¾ cup of vegetable oil, ¼ cup of applesauce, ¾ cup of orange juice, 1 cup honey and 1 cup of lukewarm (not hot) coffee or tea; whisk together properly.
Next, create a well in the bowl with the flour mixture and slowly add the honey mixture while whisking everything together.
Whisk only until the cake batter comes together. You will notice that the batter will be on the thin side.
Pour into the prepared pan and bake in a preheated oven at 350° F for approximately one hour or until a wooden cake tester comes out dry and the cake springs back when you gently press your finger against it.
How to remove a bundt cake from the pan
- Before any attempt to unmold the cake, the cake needs to cool off, on a wire rack, for about ten minutes, as any attempt to unmold the cake beforehand might result in the cake breaking apart or sticking to the pan.
- To unmold, place a large plate or another cooling rack over the top and quickly invert the pan.
- Then, lift and remove the pan.
The final result is a baked good that fills your whole kitchen with a sweet and spicy aroma and one that you will make again and again.
Why this recipe works
The spices and the honey and coffee create a wonderful mellow taste with a moist crumb. The aroma of this easy cake recipe from scratch bakes is simply out of this world.
Variations and substitutions
- If you don’t have allspice, make your own. All you need is cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg.
- Add a handful of finely chopped/grated apples or raisins (coat with a little flour to prevent them from sinking).
- Dress it up by drizzling your favorite glaze over the top.
- Measure the oil before the honey so that when you measure the honey in the same measuring cup, it easily pours out.
- Do not over-bake your cake, as this is guaranteed to result in a dry cake. As all ovens are different, check your cake by conducting a “skewer test” five minutes before the end of the recommended baking time.
- Use an oven thermometer to confirm the real oven temperature. You would be surprised to learn that there may be variations between what you set your oven dial to and the actual temperature in the oven.
More honey recipes
If you enjoy baking with honey, then the honey flavor is sure to be your favorite part of this no-knead, yeast-free honey wheat bread. A few other family favorites include these honey cookies, these honey biscotti, and this recipe for whole wheat cookies.
Some people collect coins or stamps. Others will collect comic books, baseball cards, key chains, bottle caps, or even rocks.
My obsession was and continues to be, collecting recipes.
When I was a teenager, I would send away the UPC label to get free recipe booklets.
Does anyone remember those?
I was continuously on the lookout for such booklets… and still to this day, I have them in my possession.
During the 90s and beyond, Robin Hood was one company that produced such booklets.
I am sharing the recipe with you today that I have adapted from the 2002 Quick and Easy Baking Recipes. The original recipe was called Honey of a Honey Cake.
I have been making this recipe for almost two decades, with the following changes:
- decreased the amount of granulated sugar by ½ cup and
- replaced ¼ cup of oil with homemade applesauce.
Apart from the catchy title, I love the fact that it uses vegetable (or canola) oil rather than butter -that’s always a plus in my books 🙂
With the advent of the internet, there is no need to use such extreme recipe-collecting means anymore. You have access to thousands of recipes in just a few seconds.
What a wonderful thing!
But those older recipes I’ve made dozens of times will always have a special place in my heart.
To all of you celebrating… Shanah Tovah ♥
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Honey Cake Recipe
- 3½ cups flour all-purpose (500 grams)
- 1½ teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- pinch salt
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon cloves
- ½ teaspoon allspice
- 3 eggs room temperature
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- ¾ cup vegetable or canola oil
- ¼ cup applesauce
- ¾ cup orange juice
- 1 cup honey
- 1 cup coffee or strong tea lukewarm
- icing sugar to dust on cake optional
- Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).
- Grease and flour (or use non-stick spray) a 10-inch bundt pan. Set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, sift together all the dry ingredients (except the sugar). Set aside.
- In a separate mixing bowl, whisk the eggs for 2-3 minutes. Alternatively, can use handheld beaters or stand mixer.
- Add the sugar and continue to whisk together for 2-3 minutes.
- Next, whisk in the oil, followed by the applesauce, orange juice, honey and coffee. Make sure to properly whisk together.
- Make a well in the dry ingredient and slowly whisk in the liquid ingredients. The mixture will be thin and runny.
- Pour batter in the prepared bundt pan.
- Bake in a 350°F (175°C) oven for 55-65 minutes or until a wooden cake tester comes out dry.
- Cool in pan for about 20 minutes on wire rack; invert to cool completely.
- Dust with icing sugar just before serving.
HELPFUL HINTS on How to Make a Great Bundt Cake:
- Make sure to properly grease and flour your pan.
- Do not over bake your cake as this is guaranteed to result in a dry cake. As all ovens are different, check your cake by conducting a "skewer test" five minutes before the end of the recommended baking time.
- Use an oven thermometer in order to confirm the real oven temperature. You would be surprised to learn that there may be variations that exist between what you set your oven dial to and the actual temperature in the oven.
- Whenever using honey in a recipe, always measure the oil beforehand as this will allow the honey to easily pour out of the measuring cup.
- Prepare a day in advance to allow the flavors to develop.
This post was originally published on October 2nd, 2016, republished on August 30, 2018, with updated content, photos, and a video. Recently updated with new content on September 13, 2020.