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Rosh Hashanah Honey Cake (Parve)

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Rosh Hashanah Honey Cake

Rosh Hashanah Honey Cake

Giora Shimoni
I was never a big fan of honey cake growing up, so for years I made apple cake for Rosh Hashanah instead of the traditional honey cake. This year I experimented, however, and came up with this recipe. My kids all like it, so now my apple cake will have company at the holiday table.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 12-16 servings


  • 2 Tbsp. instant coffee dissolved into 3/4 cup hot water
  • 3 Tbsp. oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup apple sauce
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 3/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon


1. Spray a 9x13 baking pan with non-stick cooking spray. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit (160 degrees Celsius).
2 Dissolve coffee into water. Set aside to cool.
3. Using an electric mixer, mix oil, eggs, applesauce, brown sugar and honey.
4. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon.
5. Alternating, add flour mixture and coffee to the egg mixture in the bowl. Mix lightly until just smooth.
6. Bake, uncovered, for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick or knife inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean.
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 5 out of 5
Perfect Honey Cake, Member OcnBlue

I was a bit hesitant to make this because I have never liked honey cakes. I decided to give this a try. It was very simple to make and it actually took about 15 min. longer to bake than indicated, which was ok. The middle was still wiggly, so I just left it in longer. The cake is very moist and not too sweet. It has just the right amount of sweetness to it. I love it! You can taste a hint of the coffee, and mingles nicely with the cinnamon and honey flavors. I used whole wheat flour for extra goodness. I will definately keep this recipe and use it for years to come. Perfect with a cup of coffee or tea. My husband liked it a lot, but unfortunately my 8 yr old daughter did not. It's still a keeper! Great for any holiday!

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