Awesome Honey Cake for Fall and Rosh Hashanah


My father’s mother, Mary Rich, made the best Honey Cake that I can remember. She died when I was young, but I have never forgotten it. For years, my sisters and I have been searching for a Honey Cake recipe that would rival hers. Last year, my mom’s incredible friend, Rosalie, brought a Honey Cake to our families Rosh Hashanah holiday dinner, and it was a winner! We loved the recipe so much, and it reminded us of Mary. I hope you will like it as much as we do. It’s perfect for the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah or any fall celebration. Note: the batter will be slightly liquid, but the recipe turns out moist as can be.

Honey Cake

Cook Time:

1 hour, 10 minutes

Prep Times:

25 minutes


2 cakes, about 24 servings


4 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 cup honey
1 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
3/4 cup brewed coffee
3/4 cup orange juice
1 apple, peeled, cored and grated


1. Preheat oven to 350F. Spray two 9” x 5” loaf pans evenly with nonstick cooking spray.

2. Beat eggs; add sugar, honey, oil and vanilla, mixing well.

3. Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves. Add the sifted, dry ingredients to the egg mixture. Add coffee, orange juice and apple, mixing well.

4. Divide batter evenly between two loaf pans. Bake at 350F for 1 hour or until a wooden pick inserted into cake comes out clean.

13 thoughts on “Awesome Honey Cake for Fall and Rosh Hashanah”

  1. I’m about to try this out and will let you know. I have great faith in what you’ve written, so am hoping for good things!
    Happy new year to you from London!

  2. Hi, this recipe sounds awesome. I am trying to cut down on potassium in my diet, may I substitute water or apple juice for the orange juice? Thanks

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