Make a Honey Spice Cake for a Sweet New Year and Fall


Honey is one of the world’s oldest foods. Ancient Egyptian tomb reliefs from as far back as the 3rd millennium B.C. show bees being smoked from their hives to produce it. Nomads and traders helped honey’s popularity spread worldwide, while it remained a prevalent sweetener in the Middle East, where it still often, and wonderfully, appears in Mediterranean, Arab and Jewish dishes.

Jews around the world traditionally celebrate their new year (which this year begins at sundown tonight) by dipping apples in honey, and by eating honey and spice cakes, the better to usher in a “sweet new year.”

And lots of people ring in Fall by making honeyed cakes of wonderful harvest ingredients like pumpkin, and warm spices like cinnamon, cardamom, and cloves.

This terrific and tasty honeyed spice cake recipe is from the San Francisco Chronicle. The resulting cake is at once dense, moist, and extremely flavorful.

Of course, you don’t need a new year or season to make this cake. Its firmness and ease of slicing makes it a natural for school lunches and after-school treats. It’s loaded with healthy ingredients and happens to taste especially good.

Photo by Susan Sachs Lipman:
Pumpkin spice cake at the Mill Valley Book Depot

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5 responses to “Make a Honey Spice Cake for a Sweet New Year and Fall

  1. any batter dances involved in the preparation?

    • Hi Kath! Yes, the batter dance should be a given with any cake, shouldn’t it? It might even help settle the batter — I seem to remember my mom kind of slapping a full cake pan on the counter a few times before baking a cake.

  2. How yummy! By sheer chance today I was shopping for honey in my local supermarket. I ended up not buying any because although there was honey from Chile, Australia and other European countries, there was no Scottish or British honey at all. I’ll wait and remember your recipe when I find some.

    • Hi Juliet! It’s great to see you as always. I’m surprised you’re having difficulty finding relatively local honey. Yes, as soon as you do, you’ll have to try this cake. We’re about done with the first one, and my daughter has already asked me to make another.

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