Greek "baklava" Walnut Honey-Glazed Cake

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 40 mins

I have made this cake many times in the past and always receive raves reviews all around, it's a buttery cake loaded with walnuts then soaked in honey syrup, trust me you will love this cake!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (second-lowest oven rack).
  2. Butter a 9-inch square glass baking pan.
  3. In a bowl combine flour with baking powder, salt, cinnamon and orange zest; set aside.
  4. In a large bowl cream butter together with 1 cup sugar until fluffy (about 3-4 minutes, no sugar granules should remain).
  5. Add in eggs and vanilla and beat well to combine.
  6. Add in flour mixture alternately with milk mixing until just combined.
  7. Stir in walnuts.
  8. Transfer to prepared baking pan.
  9. Bake for about 40-45 minutes or until cake tests done.
  10. Cool for about 20 minutes then slice into diamond shapes.
  11. Drizzle the honey glaze over the slices.
  12. For the honey glaze; in a saucepan combine honey, 1 cup sugar and water; bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes stirring with a wooden spoon.
  13. Add in lemon juice and continue to boil for 2 minutes.
  14. Drizzle over cake.
Most Helpful

This cake is WOW. We served it tonight to dinner guests at a Greek Themed dinner, and they were speechless. It is THAT good. Very moist, and yes, it gets better after it "sits" and melds for about 24 hours. I modified it a tad. For the syrup, I used only 3/4 c. each sugar honey, and only 1/4 c water. I used 1/4 c Orange juice instead of the lemon juice, and the end result was just amazing. Our dinner had so much "lemon" flavor, which is why I leaned toward the "orange" flavor for this cake/dessert. I was a bit nervous about the huge amount of "syrup" to pour over the cake (even though I reduced the amount of syrup ingredients), but the cake absorbed it all. What an astounding flavor and texture. Thank you, Kittencal!

artistclogger February 07, 2010

I made this two days ago for dessert and I am still basking in the glow from all of the praise. DH moves desserts, and has no special preference. Anything is fine with him. Now he has a favorite! He said how great it was at LEAST 4 times during dessert, and 2-3 times later. He / we all loved this. It is a "one-of-a-kind" unique dessert that is certain to WOW guests. I can't wait to try it for a dinner with friends. BUT, I always give you credit, Kitten whenever folks rave over my (your) new recipe! <br/> have to add vanilla ice cream too. The best!

Big D Texas August 05, 2013

This is a pleasing cake with plenty of sweetness and spice...a fun spin on the flavors of baklava! Smells delicious while baking. I think the next time I will use less orange zest as the orange flavor was a bit stronger than I prefer for my own taste...this one is a keeper for sure, and was a great dessert for my Greek dinner!

Jen C Seattle April 05, 2011