Foodie Friday: Honey Cake

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Hey honey!! Want some cake?

Then you’re in the right place, it’s Foodie Friday!

I’m having so much fun in the kitchen whipping up baked deliciousness, and I won’t lie when I say I do it partially for you. Also? My blog loves food as much as I do.

There are many recipes for honey cake, and I was really tempted to try this one from Smitten Kitchen.

I chickened out and resorted to doing a much easier version. Fortunately this one turned out nicely. Unfortunately, I have completely forgotten where I nicked this recipe from, oops.

Honey cake


Honey Cake
An easy-to-make honey cake.
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  1. 250g/ 8.5 oz clear honey , plus about 2 tbsp extra to glaze
  2. 225g/ 8 oz unsalted butter
  3. 100g/3.5 oz dark muscovado sugar (I used demerara sugar)
  4. 3 large eggs , beaten
  5. 300g/2.4 cups self-raising flour
  1. Preheat the oven to fan 140C or 284F/ conventional (or 160C/320F gas 3). Butter and line a 20cm/ 8 inch round loosebottomed cake tin.
  2. Cut the butter into pieces and drop into a medium pan with the honey and sugar. Melt slowly over a low heat. When the mixture looks quite liquid, increase the heat under the pan and boil for about one minute. Leave to cool for 15-20 minutes, to prevent the eggs cooking when they are mixed in.
  3. Beat the eggs into the melted honey mixture using a wooden spoon. Sift the flour into a large bowl and pour in the egg and honey mixture, beating until you have a smooth, quite runny batter.
  4. Pour the mixture into the tin and bake for 50 minutes-1 hour until the cake is well-risen, golden brown and springs back when pressed. A skewer pushed into the centre of the cake should come out clean.
  5. Turn the cake out onto a wire rack.
  6. Warm 2 tablespoons of honey in a small pan and brush over the top of the cake to give a sticky glaze, then leave to cool.
  7. Keeps for 4-5 days wrapped, in an airtight tin.
Writing, Wishing
So easy! Have a slice with me?

Have you ever eaten honey cake before? Like it, love it or hate it?


Linking up with Bruna at Bees With Honey as she’s awesomesauce AND this IS a recipe for honey cake! How apt is that?
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  • September 2, 2011 Asianmommy

    Yum! Yum! I’ve never tried this before. Looks wonderful.
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    • September 2, 2011 Alison

      It is really yummy!

  • September 2, 2011 Ann

    Alison this is wonderful! I haven’t had honey cake, but I love the ingredients and it looks amazing! Pretty cool with self-rising flour! GREAT recipe!
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    • September 2, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Ann! It’s really easy. Next honey cake? I’m going to try something a little more complicated πŸ™‚

  • September 2, 2011 JamieAnne

    Looks like a really yummy cake!
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    • September 2, 2011 Alison

      It looks as good as it tastes!

  • September 2, 2011 Robin

    Damn. I should know not to read your blog when I’m hungry.

    I’ve never heard of honey cake but this looks really good!
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    • September 2, 2011 Alison

      Hehe. This was delish! It was my first attempt at it, but won’t be my last.

  • September 2, 2011 My Inner Chick

    —Mama, Alison,
    Honey, this Honey Cake looks fabulously DeLISH πŸ™‚ x
    –is there anything you can’t do?
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    • September 2, 2011 Alison

      Hee hee! Yes, there are many things I dare not try as they’re too complicated. Perhaps one day when I am better at baking, I’d do something like a Princess Cake (the most complicated recipe I’ve ever seen!).

  • September 2, 2011 Stasha

    It looks very pretty and fluffy. Is fluffy the right word? You know like spongy. Oh, never mind, this is not turning into much of a compliment.
    Must try it! Thank you Alison, for making me drool in a hotel room.
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    • September 2, 2011 Alison

      Hehe, it was quite light and soft. And tasty!!

  • September 2, 2011 Galit Breen

    Yum! Pure yum, GF!
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    • September 2, 2011 Alison

      It was, it was!!

  • September 2, 2011 Barbara

    A cake with 5 ingredients! I’m game! This looks so good. I love all of your recipes, even if I gain 10 pounds just by reading them.
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    • September 2, 2011 Alison

      I love simple recipes. Too many ingredients, too many steps, I cannot do. And thank you, I love sharing my recipes!

  • September 2, 2011 By Word of Mouth Musings

    And we are going to give it a shot with quinoa flour …. will let you know how it turns out!
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    • September 2, 2011 Alison

      Oh that should be interesting! Do let me know how it turns out.

  • September 2, 2011 Kristin

    That looks delicious. And very moist!

    Ever since I got my KitchenAid mixer for my b-day this year, I’ve been looking for reasons to bake. I even make my own homemade hamburger buns nowadays.
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    • September 2, 2011 Alison

      Oh that’s awesome! The KitchenAid mixer is the first thing my husband has promised me for our new place (when we move end of the month). I anticipate even more baking!

  • September 2, 2011 Lola

    I’m just trying to figure out why you don’t weigh 400 pounds with all of the fabulous food you prepare!
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    • September 2, 2011 Alison

      I pass the calories by sharing πŸ˜‰

  • September 2, 2011 Kiddothings

    Okay, sounds easy enough for this lazy mom to try. I have tried honey cake once before a long long long time ago.
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    • September 3, 2011 Alison

      Try it, let me know how it works out!

  • September 2, 2011 Eve

    Wow Alison, this look so good! I’ll definitely have to try it. Thanks for sharing!
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    • September 3, 2011 Alison

      Yay, do try!!

  • September 2, 2011 Amanda

    Yes, please!
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    • September 3, 2011 Alison

      See you this weekend? πŸ˜‰

  • September 2, 2011 Vinobaby

    Yum! We love anything with honey around here. Sounds delish! Cheers.
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    • September 3, 2011 Alison

      Excellent, try it!

  • September 3, 2011 Jenni Chiu

    I need some of this cake RIGHT NOW. Pregnant ladies should always have access to cake… especially of the honey variety.
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    • September 3, 2011 Alison

      You’re welcome to my home anytime (and you can pass some of that baby dust to me).

  • September 3, 2011 The Mommy Therapy

    I haven’t tried honey cake, but just the sound of it looks amazing. I’ll definitely have to try it and win many points with the family. πŸ™‚

    Thanks for sharing!
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    • September 3, 2011 Alison

      You’re welcome and happy baking!

  • September 3, 2011 Jessica

    To show what a non kitchen person I am I have no idea what that sugar is.
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    • September 3, 2011 Kimberly

      Dude, I was going to write the same thing. #SameBrain
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    • September 3, 2011 Alison

      Haha! I didn’t either, I had to Google it to find a substitute!

  • September 3, 2011 Bruna

    Ha ha! Honey cake sounds yummy. Never tried it before but a perfect recipe for linking up with me!

    I love your Foody Friday:)
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    • September 3, 2011 Alison

      Hee hee, honey honey everywhere :)And thank you, I do too!

  • September 3, 2011 Kimberly

    Jess already wrote this, but I have no idea what that sugar is.

    In related news? I think looking at your yummy recipes every week has inspired me to start doing more in the kitchen, like hire a chef. #DontJudge
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    • September 3, 2011 Alison

      Haha! Hey I’d hire a chef too if I could! #NoJudging

  • September 3, 2011 Jessica

    Well, I’m clearly no foodie since I had never heard of either of the kinds of sugar you mentioned, but it sounds and looks really freaking delicious! May have to try it out.
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    • September 3, 2011 Alison

      Oh, I had to Google turbinado sugar πŸ™‚ Do try it!

  • September 3, 2011 Runnermom-jen

    Never eaten honey cake, but I’m sure I would love it…it’s sweet right? πŸ˜‰
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    • September 3, 2011 Alison

      Hehe, it’s actually not as sweet as one would think. It’s just perfect. πŸ™‚

  • September 3, 2011 Julie

    Wow, that does look simple. I’m trying to imagine what kind of sweetness it would compare to. Hrm…

    • September 3, 2011 Alison

      It’s VERY honey, this honey cake. πŸ™‚

  • September 3, 2011 Lindsay

    I am TOTALLY going to make this for my husband. And not just so I can say “I made a honey cake for my honey cake,” but because it looks delish and I think it will score me some serious brownie points. Err… honey cake points. Or. Whatever. πŸ™‚
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    • September 3, 2011 Alison

      Haha! Honey cake for honey cake sounds good πŸ˜‰

  • September 3, 2011 Rach

    Oh goodness this looks delicious! I haven’t tried honey cake before, but it sure looks amazing!
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    • September 3, 2011 Alison

      It IS yummy, try it!

  • September 3, 2011 Cookie's Mom

    This looks super delish! My son and I have been doing a lot of baking together lately. Adding this to our list of recipes to try – thanks Alison!
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    • September 3, 2011 Alison

      So fun, baking together! Let me know how it turns out!

      • September 22, 2011 Cookie's Mom

        We made the other cake that you linked, Alison – it’s actually pretty easy to make! You should try it. It’s SOOOO yummy. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. I will probably post about our experience baking it (look for a link to your post).
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        • September 22, 2011 Alison

          That’s awesome! I’m not surprised it turned out yummy, Smitten Kitchen is awesome. Look forward to your post!

  • September 3, 2011 dweej

    I have never had honey cake, but OHMYGOODNESS this sounds delicious!
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    • September 3, 2011 Alison

      Oh yes it is. Try baking it with your girls!

  • September 3, 2011 JDaniel4's Mom

    Wow! This looks wonderful. I will have remember it for next spring when my son’s allergies kick in. One of the ways we combat them is with honey.
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    • September 3, 2011 Alison

      That’s wonderful, to have such a lovely substitute!!

  • September 3, 2011 Jen Burden

    Look at you go in the kitchen! This looks great! πŸ™‚

    Jen πŸ™‚
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    • September 3, 2011 Alison

      Haha, thanks Jen!

  • September 3, 2011 angela

    This looks so delicious! What would happen if I just made it with regular brown sugar?
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    • September 3, 2011 Alison

      It should turn out ok, except brown sugar is denser, so the texture might be slightly different? You probably need less of it too.

  • September 4, 2011 Karen

    That looks delish! I have to tweak recipes all the time for our gluten/casein free kidlet. But, I’ve never had honey cake before…looks like something great to try! :>
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    • September 4, 2011 Alison

      Do try it!

  • September 4, 2011 Sandra

    Aaaaaaand so tomorrow I’m having cake! You can deal with my trainer. Just to give you a heads up, he has no neck. πŸ™‚

    • September 4, 2011 Alison

      I’ll offer him cake, he’ll be charmed. πŸ™‚

  • September 4, 2011 Charlotte

    I’ve never tried honey cake before, but that looks absolutely DELICIOUS!!! Thanks for sharing the recipe πŸ™‚
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    • September 4, 2011 Alison

      You’re welcome!

  • September 4, 2011 Elena

    I’ve never had honey cake before but that looks delish! A must try for sure.
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    • September 4, 2011 Alison

      Do try it, it’s so easy!

  • October 21, 2011 Truthful Mommy

    OMG< this looks awesome & I totally agree Bruna is total AWESOMESAUCE:)
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