Moist Holiday Honey Cake Recipe

Moist Holiday Honey Cake Recipe

Some people say that honey cake is the fruitcake of the Jewish people. This moist holiday honey cake is one of the traditional Jewish recipes you can serve for Rosh Hashanah—the Jewish New Year.

How To Make Moist Holiday Honey Cake

Moist and rich, this honey cake has a mix of spices that’s perfect for the holiday! Each bite has tones of coffee, nutmeg, and more for a flavorful dessert.

Preparation: 20 minutes
Cooking: 1 hour
Cool Time: 20 minutes
Total: 1 hour 40 minutes



  • Cooking spray
  • cupsall purpose flour,unbleached
  • 1tbspbaking powder
  • 1tspbaking soda
  • ½tspsalt
  • 4tspcinnamon,ground
  • 1tspcloves,ground
  • ½tspnutmeg,ground
  • 1cupcanola oil
  • 1cuphoney
  • cupswhite sugar
  • ½cupbrown sugar
  • 3eggs
  • 1tspvanilla extract
  • 1cupstrong brewed coffee
  • ½cuporange juice
  • ¼cupwhiskey


  1. Place an oven shelf in an upper position in the oven, and preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 10-inch fluted tube pan with cooking spray.

  2. In a bowl, whisk together the unbleached flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg until thoroughly combined.

  3. In a separate large bowl, whisk together the canola oil, honey, white and brown sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, coffee, orange juice, and whiskey. With an electric mixer, beat the flour mixture into the honey mixture just until the batter is thoroughly incorporated. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.

  4. Bake on the upper shelf in the preheated oven for 1 hour until the cake is golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out with moist crumbs. Cool for 20 minutes in the pan before turning the cake out onto a serving platter.

  5. Serve and enjoy.


  • Calories: 552.91kcal
  • Fat: 21.38g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.88g
  • Trans Fat: 0.08g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 13.04g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 5.97g
  • Carbohydrates: 84.81g
  • Fiber: 1.60g
  • Sugar: 55.09g
  • Protein: 5.36g
  • Cholesterol: 39.99mg
  • Sodium: 314.08mg
  • Calcium: 114.72mg
  • Potassium: 113.94mg
  • Iron: 2.30mg
  • Vitamin A: 18.38µg
  • Vitamin C: 5.34mg
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