Honey Cake for Rosh Hashanah

honey Cake

For as long as I can remember food has been the centre of my attention. My favourite book as a very young child was The Poky Little Puppy not because of the cute inquisitive dog, but because of the Strawberry Shortcake reward. Seriously, go read it, it’s like gateway food porn. 

honey Cake

It’s little wonder then that my favourite Jewish holiday is Rosh Hashanah where we eat sweet things for a sweet new year. The apples dipped in honey are a little too rustic for my taste, I much prefer the more refined Passover Charoset. But Grandma’s honey cake trumps all. Use a full-flavoured honey to your taste and savour the crunch of the crust alongside the light sweet crumb. 

Rosh Hashanah is next week but now I’ve managed to get Grandma’s honey cake recipe I happily don’t have to wait for the new year celebration. 

honey Cake

**EDIT: L’shana tovah! Grandma made her honey cake last night for Rosh Hashanah. She was a bit concerned that it wasn’t cooked enough, but it was perfect. There was no raw flavour and it was magnificently moist, honeyed but not too sweet. Next time I might make one large cake as this was such a success.

grandma's Honey Cake
Grandma’s Honey Cake, Rosh Hashanah, 18th September, 2009.

Rosh Hashanah Honey Cakes
Recipe from my Grandma. She makes double this recipe and bakes it as one very large cake. Grandma also recommends adding some cinnamon or ground ginger for added flavour dimensions.

Dryness is an issue with Kosher honey cakes, but I find that not overcooking your cake, and serving it while fresh alleviates this problem.

makes 12 small cakes

3 eggs
1/2 cup neutral flavoured oil (I used grapeseed)
1/2 cup honey (the flavour and quality of the honey will greatly affect the outcome of the cake)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup self raising flour

Grease a 12 cup muffin tray with butter.

Mix all ingredients together until batter looks bubbly. Spoon into prepared pan and bake in a preheated oven at 180C for about 20 mins or until golden and risen. (I like it best when it is just a touch undercooked, the raw taste will be gone, but the cake won’t be dried out).

If you decide to double the recipe and bake as a large cake start at 190C for 10 to 15 minutes, then drop the temperature to 180C and bake for a further 40 minutes until a skewer comes out clean.

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  1. Posted September 12, 2009 at 11:56 am | Permalink

    Sounds beautiful! Moist and honeyed sounds like a great way to bring in the new year.
    .-= Arwen from Hoglet K´s last blog ..Chocolate Gingerbread Cake =-.

  2. Posted September 13, 2009 at 10:13 am | Permalink

    I was actually talking to a friend about honey cake for Rosh Hashanah. This one looks so wonderful – and not dry at all! I love all the wonderful treats you can eat on this holiday! Does your lovely grandmother have any other tempting recipes to celebrate a sweet new year?
    .-= Julia @ Mélanger´s last blog ..{ Caramel or Chocolate } =-.

  3. Posted September 16, 2009 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

    Looks great. Totally agree about overbaking being the main source of dryness. I just made honey cake plus a caramel apple spice mock honey cake.

  4. Posted September 16, 2009 at 6:14 pm | Permalink

    These look just beautiful! Love the golden colour – bet they taste delicious :)
    .-= Lauren´s last blog ..Quick tomato sauce =-.

  5. Posted September 16, 2009 at 11:33 pm | Permalink

    Looks very cute! And the name of it is so mouth-watering LOL
    .-= Yas @ hungry.digital.elf.´s last blog ..Malaysian & Dutch luncheon at Almost Bourdain =-.

  6. Posted September 18, 2009 at 2:12 pm | Permalink

    l’shana tova! This look great, I will definitely have to try this for the holiday.
    .-= Jada´s last blog ..Mango Mojitos =-.

  7. Posted September 18, 2009 at 8:10 pm | Permalink

    Aha. I shall be making this tomorrow! I’ll let you know how it goes.
    .-= kim at allconsuming´s last blog ..Carrot, Coconut & Pineapple cake =-.

  8. Posted September 19, 2009 at 10:50 am | Permalink

    Arwen from Hoglet K: Yes, perfect, though I did OD on honey cake the entire week before.

    Julia @ Mélanger: Oh, my grandma is full of wonderful sweet treats, but no Rosh Hashanah specific ones that I know of (but I am going to ask next week when I see her again).

    Laura: Oh yum! I have no idea what a caramel apple spice mock honey cake is, but is sounds interesting!

    Lauren: Thank you :)

    Yas @ hungry.digital.elf.: Yep, packed full o’ honey it is.

    Jada: L’shana tovah! It is pretty delicious :)

    kim at allconsuming: Oh, good luck, I’d love to hear how it turns out. (plus, see the edit I made of my Grandma’s cake) :)

  9. john roby
    Posted September 22, 2009 at 11:59 pm | Permalink

    Lil is right – it was the best honey cake i tasted that weekend and i was offered about 4!it was so moist. And “Grandma” has the best baking recipes ever – but Lil and I are going to hoard them, make a business together selling biscuits and get disgustingly rich

  10. Posted October 6, 2009 at 5:29 pm | Permalink

    JR And don’t forget disgustingly fat from eating all the delicious biscuits and all that ‘market research’ !

  11. Posted February 7, 2010 at 8:34 am | Permalink

    This looks soo good, can’t wait to try it out!!
    .-= Shortbread Hearts´s last blog ..Chocolate Chip Macaroons =-.

  12. Cameron
    Posted August 21, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Permalink

    Have made this cake twice now and it’s remarkably easy. It’s also surprisingly fluffy/spongey considering the contents. The only thing it needs is a bit of spice to give it a little more kick.

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