Moist Holiday Honeycake

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Spiced fragrant honey cake is a tradition on Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year, which generally falls in September). Unfortunately, most honey cakes turn out to be dry, brick-like things, inedible except with a hot beverage. Some call honey cake the fruitcake of the Jewish people. BUT NOT THIS ONE! This cake is genuinely moist and yummy. It will serve about 12 guests at a holiday meal, but I promise that your family will chisel away at it until it's gone before the morning comes.

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Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs
Additional Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 40 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
1 10-inch cake

Ingredients

  • cooking spray

  • 3 ½ cups unbleached all-purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves

  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 1 cup canola oil

  • 1 cup honey

  • 1 ½ cups white sugar

  • ½ cup brown sugar

  • 3 eggs

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 cup strong brewed coffee (decaf is fine)

  • ½ cup orange juice

  • ¼ cup whiskey

Directions

  1. Place an oven shelf in an upper position in oven, and preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spray a 10-inch fluted tube pan (such as a Bundt® pan) with cooking spray.

  2. In a bowl, whisk together the unbleached flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg until thoroughly combined. In a separate large bowl, whisk together the canola oil, honey, white and brown sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, coffee, orange juice, and whiskey. With an electric mixer, beat the flour mixture into the honey mixture just until the batter is thoroughly incorporated. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.

  3. Bake on upper shelf in the preheated oven until the cake is golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out with moist crumbs, about 1 hour. Cool for 20 minutes in the pan before turning the cake out onto a serving platter.

Cook's Notes

Some people drizzle with white icing and slivered almonds.

If baking in a 9x13-inch baking dish, bake for 40 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

555 Calories
20g Fat
87g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 555
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 20g 26%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 47mg 16%
Sodium 309mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 87g 32%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 58g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 6mg 28%
Calcium 79mg 6%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 120mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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