Spiced Honey Cake

As the heat begins to break, we feel the Jewish New Year approaching. Closing the door on a sweet summer, opening another, filled with hopefulness and new beginnings. Rosh Hashana brings family and friends together to enjoy sweet treats, and dream about the possibilities for the upcoming new year.

Although Rosh Hashana is high on my list, every year I’m once again disappointed by the dryness and lack of seasoning in traditional honey cakes. Honey carries a distinct and warm flavor that should be sensed, and savored in every bite. Unlike the usual, upsetting, honey cake found in most homes on the Eve of Rosh Hashana, this whole grain variety is succulent and zesty. Olive oil provides a unique silky texture, that preserves the cake’s moisture, while the small amount of whiskey accentuates the heat of the spices.

Welcome this holiday and the winds of Autumn, with this festive cake, and fill your homes with the aromas of sweet honey and warm spices.


1 C. whole wheat flour
1 C. oat flour
1 C. almond meal
½ C. millet flour
1 ¼ TSP  baking powder
1 TSP. baking soda
½ TSP. sea Salt
1 TBS. cinnamon
½ TSP. ground cloves
½ TSP. ground allspice
¼ TSP. nutmeg
1 C. olive oil
1 C. honey
1 ¼ C. natural cane sugar
3 large  eggs
1 TSP. vanilla extract
1 C. warm coffee, or strong tea
½ C. fresh orange juice
¼ C. whiskey


The batter fits in three loaf pans. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease pans.

In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients (flours, baking powder, baking soda, sea salt, and spices), and make a well in the center. Add wet ingredients (olive oil, honey, sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, coffee, orange juice, and whiskey), and whisk until well incorporated. Pour batter into greased pans and bake for 45 minutes.

Tip: After about 20 minutes of baking, sprinkle the tops with crushed nuts for garnish and added crunch– pistachios, walnuts, or almonds would all work wonderfully.

Shana Tova– Enjoy!!


8 thoughts on “Spiced Honey Cake

  1. OMG the last picture makes me wanna jump off my seat and make this cake. Probably will make it this weekend as a small gift for my folks.
    Thanks and Shana Tova 🙂

  2. Pingback: Honey, Honey – Inspired Recipes « As Time Goes…Buy

  3. I made an adapted version of this recipe and it was absolutely delicious! thank you thank you thank you … i got such rave reviews about it. also made the pomegranate salad… so refreshing!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: