German Honey Cake

    1 hour 10 mins

    Honey in cake sounds delicious and it is! It's an old recipe and what's even better is that this cake improves with age, so feel free to bake it a few days ahead of time. Time to use that Nescafe for something other than coffee!

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    Serves: 24 

    • 3 teaspoons instant coffee granules
    • 225ml hot water
    • 4 eggs, separated
    • 150g caster sugar
    • 5 tablespoons vegetable oil
    • 225g honey
    • 375g plain flour
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 2 tsp baking powder
    • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice

    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:40min  ›  Ready in:1hr10min 

    1. Mix coffee in hot water, and then cool.
    2. In a large bowl, beat the yolks with the sugar until creamy. Add the oil and then the honey, beating after each addition. Beat until the mixture is smooth and creamy.
    3. Sift the flour. Combine with salt, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and spices. Add these dry ingredients alternately with the coffee to the honey mixture, stirring only until blended. Do not overmix.
    4. Whip egg whites until stiff. Fold in three additions into the batter. Pour into 2 greased 20cm (8 in) square pans.
    5. Bake at 160 C for 35 to 40 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the centre of cake comes out clean. Let cool and eat!

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    Very light and yummy, different than those heavy honey cakes. On a practical note, if you have only one mixer like I do (I have a KitchenAid), beat the egg whites first, set them aside, then mix up the batter. You'll have the egg whites to add as the recipe instructs.  -  26 Sep 2003  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I made this for my boyfriend's grandmother for a holiday dinner. She loved it. I prefer a honey cake with a soaking syrup, but for what it is, this cake is perfect. Thank you Suzanne.  -  06 Apr 2002  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This recipe made a big hit. It doesn't have the bitter taste usually associated with honey cakes. We loved it.  -  04 Oct 2001  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)