Honey Spice Cakes

    45 minutes

    This recipe makes two honey cakes. I ice these with cream cheese icing. Increase or decrease the amount of spices to suit your taste. Make sure you don't overcook the cakes.

    6 people made this

    Serves: 36 

    • 250g butter, softened
    • 3 cups white sugar
    • 1/2 cup honey
    • 1/2 cup golden syrup
    • 2 eggs
    • 1/2 cup (125ml) milk
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
    • 2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
    • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
    • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 5 cups (625g) plain flour

    Preparation:20min  ›  Cook:25min  ›  Ready in:45min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C. Grease two 22x33 cm cake tins.
    2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Stir in the honey and golden syrup, then beat in the eggs one at a time until the mix is light and fluffy. Stir in milk and vanilla.
    3. Sift together the cocoa, cloves, allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, baking powder and flour; stir into the honey mixture until fully incorporated. Batter will be thick. Divide it evenly between the prepared pans and smooth the top of the cakes.
    4. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the preheated oven. Do not over bake, or the cakes will not be chewy. Remove from the tins and let cool. Ice with cream cheese icing when completely cool if you like and garnish pecan halves.

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    These were very tasty. I don't know if I'd make them again, though. The middle is very doughy. I tried putting it back in the oven but it just got doughier! My family called it "ginger bread pudding"! It does have a great flavor though, perfect for this time of the year.  -  04 Nov 2002  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    I've made these a few times, and they are a hit with everybody who has tried them. I do end up doubling the spices, but other than that, this recipe is great! Followed the directions exactly on mixing and baking, they turn out just fine.  -  07 Nov 2006  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    My kids are big Wiggles fans and wanted to make "Crunchy Munchy Honeycakes," so we gave this recipe a try. Of course, they were more like "chewy gooey honeycakes." I just didn't enjoy the texture, which I felt was undercooked. The flavor was just the right mix of honey and spices, but far too sweet. Perhaps less granulated sugar and more cooking time? I don't know if we'll try this recipe again, especially since it makes so much (tight fit in the mixing bowl!) and is difficult to halve.  -  25 Aug 2004  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)