Honey Cake – the simplest and most delicious cake that everyone loves

In the Jewish religion there is a tradition that when someone dies the visitors bring food as the last thing any grieving family members want to be doing is shopping and cooking. It is a practical tradition and I have adopted it.

Honey Cake

Recipe by AnnabelCourse: Sweet TreatsCuisine: JewishDifficulty: Very easy


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I have also used an old Jewish recipe for Rosh Hashanah Honey Cake which everyone loves and as honey is meant to be very soothing then a slice of this cake, served with a cup of tea, is perfect in these situations.


  • 170g clear honey

  • 140g butter

  • 85g light muscovado sugar

  • 2 eggs beaten
    200g self-raising flour

  • Icing
  • 55g icing sugar

  • 1 tbsp clear honey

  • Hot water


  • Butter an 18cm cake tin and line the bottom. Put the honey, butter & sugar into a pan. Add 1 tbsp water. Heat until melted. Remove from heat. Mix in eggs and flour and pour into the cake tin. Smooth the top. Bake for 40/45 mins at 180°.
  • For the icing: Mix the sugar, honey & up to 3 tsp hot water. Pierce the cake and trickle the icing over the cake.

Cook’s Tip

  • If served warm it is even more delicious!
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Angela Bates
Angela Bates
9 months ago

I wish that in future you could give the oven temperatures in whether they are for fan ovens or not. I don’t know if 180 degrees is for a fan oven or ordinary oven.

Margaret Longden
Margaret Longden
9 months ago

I have recently been bereaved and I have had soup, casseroles and cake left on my doorstep by friends and neighbours. It has been such a help when I have not felt like eating, practical support at its best and a reminder that bad things happen but there is great kindness in this world.