Honey Cake Recipes

Why not try a scrumptious honey cake recipe. Here are 2 recipes to choose from.

However, please note, this is a website concerned about the welfare of bees - please see the notes below on purchasing honey ethically.

Polish Honey Cake Recipe

Experiment by adding a little fruit  - dried, or grated apple or pears for instance.  If you do, remember to adjust the cooking time - keep checking with a skewer to ensure the cake is cooked.

175g / 6oz honey
4 eggs, separated
A little caster sugar
50g / 2oz light brown sugar
Half teaspoon vanilla essence
90g / 3½ oz fairly dry bread crumbs
90g / 3½ oz finely chopped walnuts
150ml / quarter pint whipped cream to serve


  • Heat the oven to 180 °C / gas 4 / 350 °F. Use a 10 inch (250 mm) fluted brioche mould or similar (to hold about 3 and a quarter pints / 1.9 litres). Grease the tin and line the base., and sprinkle with the caster sugar.
  • Stand the honey in a jar of hot water to warm it through – for about 15 minutes. Measure (175g / 6oz ) the now warmed honey into a mixing bowl, and add the egg yolks and brown sugar. Whisk the mixture until light and foamy, then add the vanilla essence and whisk into the mixture.
  • Combine the bread crumbs and walnuts.
  • Whisk the egg whites, until they are stiff, then fold the egg whites and bread crumb mixture (a little at a time) into the honey mixture, using a metal spoon.
  • Empty the honey cake recipe mixture into the prepared mould, and bake in the centre of the oven for 40 -50 mins until risen and golden brown. Leave to cool then turn onto a wire rack. Serve the cake with whipped cream if desired.

    Variation: Substitute the honey with apricot jam.

Spiced Honey Cake Recipe

115g /4oz light brown sugar
150g /5oz butter
175g / 6oz clear honey
200 g /7 oz self raising flour
Half teaspoon each of: ginger, ground cloves, cinnamon
Quarter teaspoon caraway seeds
1 tablespoon water
2 beaten eggs
350g / 12 oz icing sugar


  • Heat the oven to 180 °C / gas 4 / 350 °F, and grease a 900ml/ 1½ pint fluted mould.
  • Place butter, honey, sugar and water in a pan, and heat gently until butter is melted and sugar has dissolved. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.
  • Meanwhile, sift the spices with the flour. Make a well in the flour mixture, then pour in the cooled honey mixture and the eggs. Beat until smooth. Pour into the tin and bake for 40 – 50 mins until the cakes is well risen and golden brown.
  • To check the cake, insert a skewer into the centre – it should come out clean.

    Variation: Substitute the honey with orange marmalade or apricot jam. Or, substitute the honey with marmalade with orange marmalade minus one tablespoon, which you can replace with maple syrup.

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Bees And Honey

Please be sparing with honey. A honey bee will only make about one twelfth of a teaspoon of honey in its lifetime. Please treasure any honey you use, and try to purchase honey ethically. See these Honey Buying Tips or buy honey only from a beekeeper you trust. Honey bees may unfortunately be exposed to toxic chemicals on farmland. By supporting the organic industry, you send a signal to retailers and ultimately to farmers. For more information about the background to the agriculture industry that supports high chemical use, see The War on Bugs.

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