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Sweet Like Honey Cake for the Jewish New Year

photo (2)photo (3)CookingwithCandi.comI really can’t believe that it’s just going to be Labor Day and we have to say good-bye to summer and hello to Rosh Hashana! Super early this year. I am adding a few additions to my usual menu and I will list my usual recipes so that if you’d like you can look them up on my site. Here is one of the new recipes for a sweet Honey Cake containing no honey!  This cake can be made ahead of time and frozen. This recipe is  for 2 loaves, so if you only want to make 1 just divide in half. I figure I’m making it , why not make 2 and have the second one on hand. This is also a vegan cake. Honey Cake is a traditional cake served on the Jewish New Year.

I just finished baking this sweet like honey cake and I got one regular sized loaf and 1 mini loaf so I don’t think this will yield 2 full size loaves unless you only fill loaf pan 1/2 way.

*original recipe from Epicurious

Ingredients: 2 loaves

2 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry or spelt flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 tablespoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon ground cloves or allspice

1 cup pure maple syrup or dark agave nectar, or 1/2 maple  and 1/2 dark agave

1 cup applesauce

1/2 cup safflower oil

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/2 cup dark or golden raisins

1/4 cup sliced almonds


preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Prep 2 loaf pans by greasing or spraying the pans, if you’d like you can line the bottoms with parchment paper. I find spraying the pans is sufficient. You can also lightly oil the sides of pans if not using spray.

Combine the first 6 dry ingredients in a mixing bowl, flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger and cloves or allspice.

Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the wet ingredients. Stir together until the wet and dry ingredients are thoroughly combined, then add in the raisins.

Divide the batter between the two prepared loaf pans. Sprinkle the almonds over the tops of the loaves.

Bake for 40-50 minutes, or until a knife or cake tester inserted into the center of a loaf comes out clean. Don’t over bake. I baked for about 42 minutes, it was finished at that point. So be sure to check on it after 40 minutes.

Allow the cakes to cool completely. Use a knife to go around the sides of the loaves to loosen, if necessary and carefully remove the loaves from the pans by tipping them into your hand, then set on a platter.

Cut into slices and serve.

Happy New Year!

Julie’s Honey Cake with Whiskey – Holiday Recipe

DSCN4319Firstly, thanks so much Julie for taking the time out of your busy baking to send me these wonderful recipes and allowing me to post them on my site. Julie bakes and sells her products in the Aspen area and will ship anywhere, the name of her company is Aspen Jewels Bakery.  Julie also said to inform all of us who live at high altitude that this is strictly a “sea level” cake, if cooked at high altitude it will sink and will be raw inside. This is unfortunate, but there are lots of other cakes to bake.  High Altitude baking is treacherous. You will need a tube pan for this cake.


3 1/2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 Tablespoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon ginger

3 eggs ( room temp)

1 cup vegetable oil or canola oil which Julie recommends

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 Tablespoon Whiskey

1 cup Honey

1 1/2 cups coffee (just leave it in a cup from the morning coffee)

1/4 cup orange juice from a fresh orange ( you will need the zest anyway)

1 Tablespoon orange zest

1 cup chopped pecans


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a tube pan with flour spray. Beat honey, sugars, eggs and oil. Add zest. Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl and set aside. Add coffee and juice alternating with dry ingredients. Fold in nuts. Bake for 70 – 90 minutes until tester comes out clean. Let cool for 30 minutes before removing from pan. Let cool completely.

Sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving.

Or you can make a chocolate glaze to put on top . Once the cake cools down.

Chocolate Glaze:

this is perfect to drizzle over cakes of any kind, it is my recipe for chocolate glaze. You may have to play with the consistency. Add the powdered sugar slowly till you achieve the texture you want. You can always add a little more warm water to thin it out.

3 Tablespoons Cocoa Powder

2 Tablespoons melted butter

1 cup powdered sugar ( confectioners)

3 Tbsp. warm water (could use milk but not necessary)

1/2 tsp. vanilla

Melt butter, add all ingredients , ( go slowly with sugar), Stir until well mixed and smooth. You may need to play around with icing to get the consistency you want. Drizzle on cooled down cake.