For those of you who don’t know, later in this week is Rosh Hashannah, the Jewish New Year.

The traditional food that one eats at Rosh Hashannah is honey, for a “sweet” New Year. So in honor of the holiday, I made this honey cake that my mom recommended.

Honey cakes are very often  made on Rosh Hashannah so there are a lot of recipes going around out there, but most of them are pretty average. I have to say that all the spices in this one made it really flavorful.

I can’t write too much more because this has been a long day…I got engaged!!!! What a sweet way to start off the new year!

So this short post will have to do. I hope you enjoy this, while I go admire my ring :)

Levana Kirschenbaum’s Honey Cake

Taken from Levana

Print this recipe!

Makes one 10-inch tube/bundt pan


2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
pinch of salt
1 tablespoon ground cardamom
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
2 teaspoons cinnamon
4 eggs
1 cup dark brown sugar, packed
1 cup honey (see note)
1 cup vegetable oil
1 cup very strong warm tea (2 tea bags steeped in 1 cup hot water)
1/2 cup ground almonds, optional
3 tablespoons sliced almonds (add only if using the ground almonds)

In a bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cardamom, ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon an set aside.

In a food processor, process the eggs with the sugar, honey, and oil, just until combined. Beginning and ending with the dry ingredients, add the flour mixture in thirds, alternating with the tea. Pulse 2 to 3 times after each addition, just to incorporate. Add the ground almonds, if desired.

Pour the batter into a greased 10-inch springform pan or tube pan. Top with the sliced almonds, if using. Bake for 1 hour or until a knife inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Invert the cake onto a rack to cool. Turn right side up to serve.

Note: If you measure the oil for the recipe first, then use the same measuring cup to measure the honey, the honey will slide out easily.


  1. Wow, Amy, Mazel Tov!! What exciting news…. I wouldn’t spend time blogging at a time like this either but I’m delighted you posted this scrumptious looking recipe. I am forwarding it to my girlfriend in Toronto who will be preparing for Rosh Hashanah and I bet would love to whip this up… as would I (on any occasion!) – Congrats again Amy!!! Enjoy the celebrations and exhilaration of the day :)

  2. Congrats!!!!! I’m so excited for you! That’s the happiest thing I’ve heard all day. You’ll have to share the engagement story some time. (If you are willing, of course.)

    • Thank you, Nicole! I’ll totally tell the story :) I wish I had more pics from the day but we totally forgot to take one where he actually proposed… I’ll try to get the story up sometime next week!

  3. What great news. Your smile says it all.

  4. OH MY GOODNESS AMY!!!!!!!!!!! This post was the second I’m thinking “Damn..I love honey cake…” the next second I’m actually clapping my hands in JOY! you look so happy! I’m totally thrilled for you!! You definitely have to tell the story! I’m stoked to hear all about it! YAY!!

  5. CONGRATS AMY!!!! That is so exciting. As Greg said, your smile really does say it all. :)

  6. Congratulations Amy! Always an special and memorable when you get engaged. :-)

    Great looking cake as well!

  7. Honey cake is one of my favourites! This lone looks really really delicious. I’ve also really enjoyed the Rosh Hashannah posts on wordpress, they’ve really revealed a new type of food to me.

  8. Congrats on your engagement, and happy new year!! That is a delicious looking cake! Never had honey cake before, but I love honey and all the spices you added, so it must be great!!!

  9. Your honey cake look moist and lovely and would be perfect with a cup of tea or coffee, but more importantly congratulations on your engagement! Take Care

  10. AHHHHH CONGRATULATIONS!!! awwwww you must be so happy! :D and the cake looks awesome! i have the thurs/friday off from work b/c of rosh hashannah :). i asked my students what it was (since half my school is Jewish) and the students had no idea. well now I know! have a wonderful week. you must be on cloud 9 :)

    • Thank you, Junia!!! Yes, I’m pretty happy now :)

      Wow, I can’t believe your Jewish students didn’t even know what Rosh Hashannah is! It’s like one of the most important Jewish holidays.

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