Honey Walnut Cake

    1 hour 25 minutes

    This is a traditional Greek cake called karithopita where a honey lemon syrup is poured over the lightly spiced walnut cake to create a moist and delicious treat with a minimum of fuss.

    12 people made this

    Serves: 16 

    • 1 1/4 cups (155g) plain flour
    • 3/4 cup (150g) white sugar
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
    • 70g shortening, such as butter or margarine
    • 3/4 cup (180ml) milk
    • 1 egg
    • 1 cup finely chopped walnuts
    • 1/4 cup (50g) white sugar
    • 1/4 cup (60ml) water
    • 1/4 cup (60ml) honey
    • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

    Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:40min  ›  Extra time:30min cooling  ›  Ready in:1hour25min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C. Grease and flour a 23cm square baking dish.
    2. In a medium bowl stir together the flour, 3/4 cup of sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and cloves. Cut in the shortening until it is in very small pieces then mix in the milk and egg using an electric mixer on low speed. Mix for about 1 minute, scraping the bottom of the bowl at least once to avoid lumps. Stir in walnuts by hand. Pour into the prepared pan and spread evenly.
    3. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes in the preheated oven until a knife inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Cool cake in the pan for about 30 minutes while you prepare the honey syrup.
    4. In a saucepan stir together 1/4 cup of sugar and the water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for about 5 minutes. Stir in the honey and lemon juice and remove from heat.
    5. Make slashes in the top of the cake in a diamond pattern using a knife. Pour the hot syrup over the top of the cake.

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    Absolutely beautiful. Made this cake for dad's birthday and it was so moist and just moorish. It was very easy to make, just put everything in and mix! I had to double the recipe though as the ingredient amounts make a very small cake, but other then that delicious, especially with a dollop of vanilla cream on the side. Yummy!  -  23 Feb 2014


    We had to go to a dinner party and I was asked to bring a Greek dessert. I found this one and thought it sounded good, so I made it and brought it. The cake was a hit with all that ate it. I will put this one into my recipe box and make it again. I did make 1 1/2 recipes and put it into a 9x13 cake dish. Thanks for submitting this recipe.  -  30 Aug 2004  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    The whole family really liked this cake. I used butter instead of shortening and squeezed half a fresh lemon into the syrup (I know I added much more than a teaspoon). I used the food processor to blend the butter into the dry ingredients then mixed the milk, eggs and nuts in with a wooden spoon. In my oven this baked in 30 minutes.  -  06 Feb 2005  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)