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Classic Honey Cake

Classic Honey Cake


3 Eggs
1 1/3 cups honey
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup strong black coffee
2 tsps. Baking powder
3 Tbsps. Margarine, softened
1 tsp. Baking soda
4 cups flour
1 tsp cinnamon

Preheat oven to 325.

Grease and flour a 9 by 13-inch cake pan.

In a large mixer bowl, beat eggs and honey together. Add sugar and mix again. Mix coffee with baking powder, and then add with margarine to the egg mixture. Add baking soda, flour, and cinnamon and beat together well.

Pour into greased cake pan. Bake for 55 minutes to an hour.

USE: 9 X 13-inch cake pan
YIELDS: 1 cake

Excerpted from Spice and Spirit, The Complete Kosher Jewish Cookbook, published by Lubavitch Women's Cookbook Publications
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Lisa Providence, RI February 9, 2016

Classic Honey Cake Could you add chocolate chips to this? Reply

Anonymous Washington D.C. August 23, 2014

More Spice My Family say it needs a little more Autumn Spice like Ginger & Cloves Reply

Anonymous vero, usa via November 6, 2013

I need some suggestions on my dry honey cake. None of my ingredients are expired (baking soda and powder). I used a metal 9x13 cake pan. After 25 minutes the toothpick test indicated not ready. At 42 mins (less than the 55 suggested) the cake was over done. Different ovens different temps? My cake did not rise that much, certainly not like lava from a volcano! What if I used a glass pan? Also I noticed that the photo used for the honey cake appears to be a loaf size. If I had used that maybe the mixture would not dry out so quickly. I dunked my cake and it was tasty. Any suggestions? Thank you. Reply

alice f. morgan. green bay, wisconsin October 17, 2013

i would like to talk to the lady Joanna from wadsworth, ohio. I just watched the movie "a woman called golda and there is mention of honey cake in the movie thus my search for THE recipe she used and came across this site and saw a Joanna from wadsworth ohio. I was born and raised in wadsworth in l942 and married guy hall in 1961. my brother and sister also. Reply

ronald spiegel Israel September 18, 2013

BEWARE - The cake batter rises like lava from a volcano. Use the correct pan. I don't have a 9x13 inch cake pan. If I fill the pans I have (paper disposable cake pans available all over Israel) more than 1/2 to 2/3 the batter overflows all over the baking pan.

Also always use parchment paper under the baking pan. Reply

Anonymous Sharon September 3, 2013

Substitute for flour Flour: can we substitute almond or coconut flour? Reply

Joanna Wadsworth, OH September 17, 2012

honey cake First Honey Cake! Super excited! I think the coffee is what helps add the nice, dark color. :-) Reply

Monique Sokol Albuquerque, NM September 16, 2012

Honey Cake This cake is so yummy. I was a little confused about the coffee part but just made instant with cold water and apparently that was right because the cake came out perfect. Best honey cake I've tasted in a long time. Reply

Kristy Hampstead, MD September 16, 2012

trandtion it is condsidered rude to change the recipe slightly? like adding raisins? Reply

Brenda younsgtown , ohio September 5, 2012

Honey cake Why if it's a traditional recipe, we use coffee? Did they drink coffee in biblical time? Reply

Cindy B Florissant, MO/USA August 22, 2012

Honey Cake I remember my grandmother baking honey cakes. I remember the smell of it as it was baking. I knew this was an important recipe because of the care with which she made it. My grandmother did not bake from recipes. I do not remember everything that she put in it, but, I know there were several eggs and possibly butter involved in my grandmother's recipe. The apple sauce would definitely be a good substitution that would coincide with the memories I have of the fragrance of this cake. The taste of her honey cake was out-of-this-world. It is one of my deepest memories of my grandmother. Reply

Leah kalati Hong kong, China October 19, 2011

Mixer Do I prepare this by hand with a mixing spoon or in the electric mixer? Reply

Anonymous brooklyn, ny September 27, 2011

honey cake i am making this tonight I am sure it will come out delicious I can't wait to taste, it looks sooo yummy Reply

Daphna R Dallas, TX September 20, 2011

Yum! Also - because I didnt read all the comments, I prepared the coffee (My husband made a pot, and I took 8oz of it :)) I also used the same regular flour I use for my challah. Reply

Daphna R Dallas, TX September 20, 2011

Yum! I made this back in July for some co-workers and it was a huge hit. I made one with apple sauce instead of oil and one as directed.. both turned out wonderfully and were loved by all. I made mine in a loaf pan and thats what my family has requested for Rosh Hashanah this year. Reply

Michelle Andre CC, FL September 7, 2011

Why not substitute apple sauce for margarine or butter or oil? Reply

yael new york, ca. August 28, 2011

Honey cake An addition of crumbled Kosher graham crackers gives it a nice touch and flavor. Reply

Julia Tacoma, WA/USA June 28, 2011

Honey cake Does the coffee have a signifiance to the honey cake? can I make it without the coffee? Reply

Anonymous March 14, 2011

YUM! This looks good. I hope I dont get sick for eating too many. I'm making it maybe! Reply

Anonymous March 14, 2011

wow! this looks yummieeees im maken this at home:) Reply

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