Honey Cake Recipe

María del Mar Sacasa

Honey, warm spices, coffee, apple cider, and whiskey— this cake will put you in a festive fall mood.

Recipe Details

Honey Cake Recipe

Active 30 mins
Total 2 hrs
Serves 12 to 14 servings


  • 1 cup vegetable oil, plus additional for greasing pan

  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

  • 3/4 cup freshly brewed strong coffee

  • 2 teaspoons grated zest from 1 orange

  • 1/2 cup (about 3 1/2 ouncesgranulated sugar

  • 1 1/4 cups (about 8 1/4 ounces) packed dark brown sugar

  • 3 1/2 cups (about 17 1/2 ounces) all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 2 cups honey, divided

  • 3/4 cup apple cider

  • 1/3 cup whiskey or bourbon

  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature


  1. For the Cake: Adjust oven rack to middle position and preheat oven to 350°F. Brush tube pan with oil.

  2. Combine cinnamon, cloves, allspice, and ginger in large bowl. Stir in hot coffee. Set aside and cool to room temperature. Rub orange zest into granulated sugar until sugar is damp and no strands of zest remain. Add brown sugar and stir to combine.

  3. Whisk together flour and salt in medium bowl. Add 1 1/4 cups honey, 1 cup oil, cider, and whiskey to coffee mixture and whisk to combine.

  4. With electric mixer on medium speed, beat together eggs and sugar mixture in large bowl until well combined, about 3 minutes. Reduce speed to low, then add honey mixture and mix until blended, about 1 minute. Add flour mixture and mix just until combined.

  5. Pour batter into prepared pan (batter will be thin) and bake until tester inserted in center comes out clean, about 1 hour. Transfer to rack and cool cake in pan 15 minutes, then invert directly onto rack and cool completely, about 1 hour.

  6. For the Glaze: Warm remaining 3/4 cup honey in microwave or small saucepan. Brush the sides of the cake, then drizzle remaining honey over cake. Serve.

Special Equipment

Tube pan, electric mixer, rubber spatula, cooling rack

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
539 Calories
18g Fat
93g Carbs
6g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 12 to 14
Amount per serving
Calories 539
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 2g 9%
Cholesterol 64mg 21%
Sodium 251mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 93g 34%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 65g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 6mg 29%
Calcium 75mg 6%
Iron 2mg 14%
Potassium 137mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)