Of course we’re making honey cake for Rosh Hashana! What kind of a Jewish New Year would we have without it?!
Hital contributed the recipe and beautiful photos.
I know there are lots of honey cake recipes floating around looking for a home to visit for the holidays. I’m here to save you time and heart break – this is the recipe you should try. Hital, a former sous-chef for Bouchon bakery, has created a perfectly moist, soft and beautiful honey cake. It also freezes well and I like to bake it in small pans and set some aside. That way the kids can have a lovely slice of honey cake when the mood strikes.
Perfect Honey Cake
We have weight conversions if you’d rather use measuring cups.
10.7 oz / 300 gr. canola oil
10.7 oz / 300 gr. water
10.7 oz / 300 gr. honey
8 oz / 225 gr. sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon instant coffee + 1 teaspoon warm water- to melt
1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
17.6 oz / 500 gr. flour
3 large egg whites
2.6 oz / 75 gr. sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon clove – powdered
1/3 teaspoon ginger
Preheat oven to 320 f / 160 c.
Sift together flour and spices. Set aside.
In a standard mixer bowl mix together: oil, water, honey, baking soda, instant coffee and the 225 gr. sugar. Add the eggs one by one mixing shortly. Add the dry ingredients. Do not over mix.
In a separate bowl beat the whites until light in color and foamy. While the mixer is still working add the 75 gr. sugar in a very slow stream. Keep beating until the mixture becomes smooth and shiny (You can also start beat them both at once, but it will take a little longer to get to the final stage).
Fold gently into the honey-eggs mixture and divide evenly between 3-5 long cake pans (depending on their size). Make sure the batter takes up only 2/3 of the pan space. You only need to oil disposable pans.
Bake between 30-50 minutes (depending on your pan size) or until an inserted knife comes out clean.
The cake will rise a lot and then settle down a little. Don’t worry about it.
Like all honey cakes this one improves with time. I keep mine out of the fridge, Hital in…