Traditional Honey Cake

Rosh Hashanah - Coffee and brandy create the wonderful aroma of this classic Jewish dessert.


1/2 cup strong coffee


1 1/2 tablespoons brandy (optional)

2 eggs

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

2/3 cup brown sugar

1 3/4 cups flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

1/4 cup walnuts, toasted and chopped

1/4 cup golden raisins

Honey Tips

Honey Is One of the Oldest Foods

Honey is one of the oldest foods in existence. It was found in the tomb of King Tut and was still edible since honey never spoils.


Preheat oven to 300°. Grease and flour 9"x 5" loaf pan.
Mix hot coffee, honey and brandy together in a small bowl.
In a bowl, beat eggs until light. Add oil and brown sugar, beat well. Stir in coffee mixture.
Mix dry ingredients together in a separate bowl. Stir walnuts and raisins into dry mixture. Add honey mixture. Stir to combine. Pour batter into prepared loaf and bake 1 hour and 10 minutes, or until cake tests done.
Cool in pan on rack 15 minutes. Remove cake from pan and cool. Wrap in foil and let sit for 1 day before serving.