Honey Cake

Honey cake is a traditional dessert for the Jewish New Year, but it's also a great loaf to make all year round. Subtly flavored with cinnamon and ginger, it gets its rich color from the addition of coffee in the batter. You can substitute brewed black tea or decaffeinated coffee, if you'd like. Serve with a hot cup of coffee or tea and enjoy!

a recipe photo of the Whole Wheat Honey Cake
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Active Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 20 mins


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup whole-wheat flour

  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder

  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger

  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • cup brewed coffee, at room temperature

  • cup honey

  • ½ cup grapeseed oil

  • ¼ cup light brown sugar

  • 3 large eggs

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Coat a 9-by-5-inch loaf-pan with cooking spray and line with parchment paper.

  2. Whisk all-purpose flour, whole-wheat flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, ginger, nutmeg and salt in a medium bowl.

  3. Whisk coffee, honey, oil, brown sugar, eggs and vanilla in a large bowl until well combined. Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture, stirring just until combined.

  4. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and smooth the top. Bake until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean, 45 to 55 minutes. Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely, about 1 hour.

To make ahead

Refrigerate airtight for up to 1 week.


Parchment paper

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

247 Calories
11g Fat
36g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Serving Size 1 slice
Calories 247
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 36g 13%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 20g
Added Sugars 20g 40%
Protein 4g 8%
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 47mg 16%
Vitamin A 70IU 1%
Vitamin D 10IU 3%
Vitamin E 3mg 18%
Folate 41mcg 10%
Sodium 235mg 10%
Calcium 55mg 4%
Iron 1mg 6%
Magnesium 20mg 5%
Potassium 91mg 2%
Zinc 1mg 9%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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