Honey Cake

    1 hour 30 mins

    This moist honey cake filled with raisins and almonds is perfect for celebrations, esp Rosh Hashana in Israel. It receives extra flavour from a honey and lemon glaze.

    28 people made this

    Serves: 24 

    • 450g plain flour
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
    • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground allspice
    • 4 eggs
    • 150g caster sugar
    • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
    • 475ml honey
    • 120ml strong brewed coffee
    • 75g almonds
    • 75g raisins
    • Glaze
    • 350ml honey
    • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
    • 120ml water
    • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
    • 50g flaked almonds for topping

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:1hr15min  ›  Ready in:1hr30min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 160 degrees C.
    2. Sift together the flour, salt, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon and allspice. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs, gradually adding the sugar. Beat until thick and light in colour, about 5 minutes. Beat in the oil, honey and coffee. Stir flour mixture into egg mixture. Chop the almonds coarsely and mix with raisins. Stir into batter.
    3. Oil and dust two 23x13cm loaf tins. Optional: line the bottoms with baking parchment or greaseproof paper. Oil the paper again. Fill each pan with batter to within 2½ - 3cm from the top. Bake for 65 to 75 minutes until cake tests done (inserted fork comes out clean). Do not over bake. Let cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan.
    4. To Make Glaze: Boil together 350ml honey, lemon juice, lemon zest and water. When glaze reaches a thick consistency, remove from heat and drizzle over cake. Sprinkle with flaked almonds.

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    The flavors in this cake are SUPERB- but the COOKING TIME WAS WAY TOO LONG!!!! I had to throw my cakes away...they were totally inedible because they were overcooked. TRY THIS RECIPE - the flavors are amazing, just watch the cooking time very carefully- I'd say to start checking after about 30 minutes. I will make this again because it seems like it has great potential.  -  02 Apr 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Tried this recipe the it was almost perfect, the cooking time was extensive, I have checked it 60 minutes after putting it into a oven and it was already slightly overcooked next time I will check on it after 45 or 50 minutes, also the amount of nuts and raisins better be doubled from what the recipe suggests. Other then that, it was good. Definitely will do it again.  -  24 Apr 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    It was my first honey cake ever and I was very impressed! I also glazed the sides of the cake too to make it extra moist!!  -  05 Mar 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)