I have always made some version of the same cake for the Jewish New Year (you can actually see a recent version of it here). It’s easy, can be made in advance and is always a crowd pleaser.

Yet the traditional dessert that I REALLY love is a honey cake. And I don’t discriminate either. Whether homemade, from a local bakery or (the horror!) out of a box, I am typically helpless to resist a slice of honey cake. Or two. But I never made my own.

Till my dear friend Sandra posted a photo of HER honey cake (and the link to the recipe).

I literally stopped what I was doing, stood up from my computer and proceeded to make it myself. Which should tell you a few things:

1. You probably have all of the ingredients you need to make this cake right now.

2. You can be all “spur of the moment”, because this is SUPER easy. And,

3. It is THAT good.

honey cake

Okay and “4” – I probably have some impulsivity issues when it comes to baked goods.

If you like a moist, not-too-sweet cake, with a tender crumb and a bit of spice, then this is the cake for you. And if you are celebrating the new year like I am, I wish you a sweet and happy one.

honey cake

What are your traditional holiday desserts?

Honey Cake
from Epicurious

2 1/2 c. flour
2 t. baking powder
2 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
1/2 t. ground cloves
3 eggs, beaten
1 c. honey
1 1/3 c. sugar, divided
1 c. + 1 T. vegetable oil, divided
3/4 c. brewed coffee

Preheat oven to 350. Brush a 12-cup bundt pan with 1 T. vegetable oil and sprinkle with 1/3 c. sugar.

Place the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, salt and cloves into the bowl of your mixer. Using the whisk attachment, mix on low speed for about 30 seconds.

Add the beaten eggs, honey, 1 c. sugar, 1 c. vegetable oil and coffee – mix on low till ingredients are moistened, then increase speed to medium till just combined.

Pour batter into your prepared pan and bake until a tester comes out clean, about 50 minutes. Cool cake in pan on a wire rack for 20 minutes; turn out onto rack to cool completely. Keep in an airtight container at room temperature for up to one week.

(print this recipe)

This delicious recipe brought to you by Sheri Silver


  1. Shalagh Hogan on September 24, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    Yay for being inspired by friends named Sandra! And now yes please, I’d like some. You made me laugh with your “impulsivity issues when it comes to baked goods”. Love love love. Shalagh

    • sherisilver on September 25, 2014 at 8:17 am

      Sandra’s quite the inspiration, no?? Thank you!

  2. Stacy on September 26, 2014 at 8:40 am

    I also immediately made this and will make this from now on for the New Year.

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