Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) is over already but I wanted to share my family's traditional honey cake. If you’re not familiar with Honey Cake, it’s a classic recipe that is usually made for the Jewish New Year. It symbolizes the will for us to have a sweet New Year.
Honey is one of the symbols that represent this holiday, along with apples, beets, gourd (pumpkin), pomegranate, dates, leeks, black-eyed peas and fish head. Most, if not all, of the food in this festive holiday meal will be on the sweet side and we also dip the challah in sugar and not in salt like in every Friday meal.
This Honey Cake reminds me of home while I celebrate the holidays with my family. We like to have this cake in Sukkot too.
To make the cake, you need honey, eggs, sugar, all-purpose flour, vegetable oil, baking soda, cinnamon, and 1 cup of coffee. If you prefer, you can use tea instead of coffee. The flavor will change accordingly.
The recipe of this yummy cake is an easy recipe, and while it doesn’t look fancy – it’s super delicious! The combination of coffee, honey, and cinnamon will give you a warm homey feel.
The cake freezes well and you can bake it in advance and thaw for the holiday.
Recipe yields 2 loaves or more if you bake in small tins.
Other Rosh Hashanah recipes on my blog:
Gluten Free Honey Cake
Nondairy Apple Tart
Parve Apple and Honey Cake
Apple and Honey Cookies
Lentil Carrot Soup
Ricotta and Honey Tart
Silan Date Syrup Cake
Apple Oat Cake
Apple Cinnamon Rosh Hashanah Challah
Vegan Carrot Muffins
Cooked Carrot Salad
Apple Honey Cake (Gluten Free & Dairy Free)
Here is the recipe for this yummy honey cake:
- 6 eggs separated to yolks and whites.
- 1 cup honey
- 1 cup sugar
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- ½ cup vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 cup coffee - cooled (water mixed with instant coffee powder or brewed coffee)
- Make 1 cup of coffee and let it cool completely.
- Heat the oven to 180°C / 350°F degrees with the fan.
- In a bowl, mix the honey and baking soda together until it becomes a light brown color.
- In the mixer bowl with a whipping hook, whip the egg whites and sugar to a light foam.
- Add all of the other ingredients to the mixing bowl and continue whipping until all the batter is unified.
- Pour into 2 loaf cake molds.
- Bake for about 45 minutes.
- Cool at room temperature.
- Garnish with more honey or powdered sugar.
- Happy New Year!