L’shanah tovah! Happy new year!

Jewish people all over the world are about to celebrate the new year with apples, honey, round challahs, and tashlikh to cast away the sins of weekends past. But being away at school without bubbie’s honey cake isn’t cause for celebration. Of course, honey cake isn’t the healthiest thing in the world, but it’s the new year! 

Holiday Honey Cake Recipe

This deceptively simple recipe produces a sticky, sweet, and spicy cake that will be a hit with all your friends, regardless of religious denomination. 

Time: approx. 1 hr 30 mins 


  • 2 large bowls
  • 9×9 or 9×12 baking pan 
  • Spatula 
  • Parchment paper 


  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups honey 
  • 1 cup sugar 
  • 1/2 cup of neutral oil (such as canola oil)
  • 1 orange-zest and juice
  • 1/2 cup strong coffee cooled
  • 3 cups flour 
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder 
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cloves 
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg 
  • 1 tsp salt 
  • Butter for greasing pan 

Note: If you don’t already have these spices, it can seem like a lot of money upfront. But they are a great investment. These are staple spices that are used frequently in baking, and ginger is great when cooking Asian food!


  • Preheat oven to 275° F 
  • Grease baking pan and line with parchment paper
  • Mix eggs, honey, sugar, oil, orange zest, and juice in a bowl
  • Combine remaining ingredients in a separate bowl 
  • Add dry mixture to the wet ingredients in thirds and add the coffee until incorporated
  • Make sure not to over mix! It will give the cake an unpleasant rubbery texture 
  • Add the combined mixture to the prepared pan and bake for 1 hr 15 min, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out dry with a few crumbs 
  • Wait to cool and enjoy with friends

Have a happy and healthy new year!

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