The Best Honey Cake Recipe

Honey cake is steeped in tradition, made with black tea and warming spices. Make this family recipe, from a Ukrainian grandma, all year long to enjoy with coffee, tea and friends.

Here are the ingredients you need to make this traditional and delicious honey cake recipe. Feel free to adjust the spices to your personal taste.

In a medium-sized pot on the stove, bring the tea, honey, sugar and oil to a boil until the honey and sugar dissolve.


Add the baking soda to the tea mixture and keep stirring. It will foam up. And then it will relax back down.


Add the cinnamon, ginger, clove and nutmeg and stir well to make sure the spices are distributed throughout.


Once the mixture is cooled, add the eggs and then the flour one cup at a time, to the tea mixture. Batter should be thick but pourable.


Add the nuts and raisins to the batter and mix until incorporated. Then pour into a greased Bundt pan to bake.


Bake as directed in the recipe. Expect it to crack on top while baking. Isn’t it beautiful? Let it cool slightly before removing from pan.


Once cooled, remove from the Bundt pan and either store on a platter or traditionally in a linen tea towel, just like Grandma did.


For detailed instructions, step-by-step photos and a printable recipe card! click on the link below.

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