Prep 5 mins
Cook 1 hr
I've tried many many honey cake recipes, and this is my favorite, both for depth of flavor and ease of production. It's basically a one-bowl cake, freezes very very well, and can be made in a variety of sizes. I got this from Amit Women's cookbook (Efrat chapter, Chicago), and can barely read the page because of all the spills on it. Even my mom, an extraordinary baker, has begun to use this recipe instead of her own. A perfect Rosh Hashana/Sukkot treat!
- 1 cup honey
- 1 cup applesauce
- 3 eggs
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1⁄2 teaspoon clove
- 1⁄2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 2 cups flour (Can replace one cup of white flour with one cup of wheat flour)
- 1⁄2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup strong brewed decaffeinated coffee (can be made from instant)
- In a large bowl, mix together the first 3 ingredients.
- In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, spices and baking soda.
- Add the flour mixture to the wet stuff, alternating with the coffee; beat well.
- Put into one greased 9"x13" pan (or, alternatively, three 8" square pans).
- Bake at 325F--60-90 minutes for the large pan, 60 minutes for the three smaller pans.
The only thing good about this recipe is the flavor and balance of spices, which is how this recipe earned one star. I followed the recipe completely and my ingredients were not old. I chose the option of using three 8" pans. They didn't rise at all. Flat and rubbery.
I had great expectations for this cake but was very disappointed. I halved the amount of cloves in the recipe but still found the spice overpowering, and mine (probably my own error) did not rise spectacularly as others noted. It seemed a bit eggy too. Not my cup of tea, but maybe I just don't like spice cake.
This is a nice moist honey cake. You may want to increase the spices to balance the sweetness. Also, if your applesauce is on the watery side, you should drain it in a sieve or coffee filter.