Total Time
1hr 20mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 1 hr

Traditional honey cake, made for Rosh Hashanah to ensure a sweet New Year but also prepared by honey-cake lovers for special occasions.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease and flour a 10-inch tube pan.
  2. Place the eggs, lemon juice, lemon rind, oil, honey and coffee in a bowl of an electric mixer.
  3. Mix on low speed until well blended.
  4. In a separate bowl combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cream of tartar, sugar and cinnamon with a fork until mixed.
  5. Gradually add the flour mixture to the eggs mixture, mixing for about 5 minutes or until well blended.
  6. Fold in the slivered almonds.
  7. Pour the batter into the tube pan.
  8. Bake in the oven for 50 minutes to 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.


Most Helpful

this was wonderful! easy to throw together, it baked up perfectly. i added almonds to the bottom of the pan, and also topped it with extra almonds, this certainly helped us start the new year up right! thanks for posting this recipe, steve

chia October 01, 2003

Delicious recipe. Does not state how much lemon rind. I use 1 tsp fresh lemon rind, grated. Also use 3/4 cup slivered almonds...1/2 cup in recipe and sprinkle bottom of prepared pan with 1/4 cup. Also add 1/2 cup raisins. DEEEEE-licious!

Nancy Pookie September 06, 2010

I made this cake for my husband for Rosh Hashanah. He told me that this recipe was very close to the one his mother (who lives in Israel) makes. I give you the 5 stars from him, however, it just wasn't for me. I didn't really care for it. It was just a personal preference though. But, my hubby enjoyed it and he is picky, so you earn your 5 stars rightfully! Good job!

KaraRN September 14, 2007

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