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Russian German Honey Cake Recipe (from my friend Josephine)

Russian German Honey Cake Recipe (from my friend Josephine)


I held off sharing this Honey Cake Recipe for a long time because of its origins. You see, I  got it from my friend Josephine, who got it from her Russian-German Grandmother (after MUCH arm twisting and spying). The cake didn’t look like the flat square Honig Kuchen I saw in my Dr. Oetker.  Now… 25 years ago, I didn’t know that there was such a thing as Russian Germans, but today, it makes total sense, so I’m putting it in the site. Obviously, this recipe has gotten changed and adapted over the years from it’s origins in Russia or Germany. The addition of brown sugar, for example, is something you probably won’t find in a “German” Honig Kuchen recipe. This recipe has traveled a lot of miles. (I have an image of a woman traveling across the Atlantic with the recipe on a creased and smudged sheet of paper tucked into her bag).  When you get down tasting it, you can thank that brave woman for passing it along. This is just a really good, and fairly simple cake.

The flavor of honey shines through in this cake, so do the spices. And it’s EXCELLENT with a cup of coffee. And although the amount of sugar seems really high, don’t skimp! The cake is not overly sweet! Perfect for the Holidays… and the odd Wednesday when you want cake. 

honey cake recipe

Honey Cake Recipe

Even though the ingredient list looks long, this Honey Cake Recipe is very easy to make. Just add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients… mix it all up, pour into 2 Loaf pans and Bake (one to keep, one to give away). You can make it look “fancy” by sprinkling some sliced almonds on the top before baking…. or you can sprinkle powdered sugar over the cake before slicing.

Some of the ingredients sound… um… odd….. Orange Juice AND Coffee? Don’t question it, it works. (And it’s a great way to justify eating Cake for Breakfast). Bake it low and slow, and enjoy how the house smells.

honey cake recipe

Small Honey Cakes for Gifting!

In the past I’ve baked lots of LITTLE Honig Kuchen, and given them as gifts with some cookies. The recipe is the same… just bake for 45 -50 minutes (and keep an eye on them) You should get 5 or 6 little cakes, depending on the size of your pans.

Make Honig Kuchen

Mix the wet and dry ingredients. It will look like this…. and have a consistency of melted caramel 

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Prepare 2- 9in. x 5 in. Loaf Pans with parchment paper (I also spray some non-stick spray in for insurance)

honey cake

Sprinkle with sliced almonds if you like

honey cake recipe

Bake 1 hour and 10 minutes at 325 F (check if it needs more time by sticking a toothpick in. If it comes out clean, it’s done… if it comes out wet, give it 5 more minutes)

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Let cool in pan for 15 minutes… then remove and cool on rack completely

honey cake recipe

Wrap up/Store Air Tight and wait a day

Slice and Serve

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  1. Sharing this with my daughter Sonya who lives in Vancouver,B.C.Hoping that some of our family traditions will continue after I am no longer able to contribute.The Honey cake will definitely be on the table..Thanks for posting it.

  2. Any chance you have the recipe with metric measurements? Somehow I don’t believe the original version used cups for measurements. Even though this is Russian-German, I never knew any German (including my grandmother and mother) who used cups for measurements.

  3. Hi Karen.
    Been having trouble with my computer. I tried writing a email to a friend, and after writing a long letter, it disappeared before I was done writing. This whole month started off with nothing but troubles. I love your letter. Love your sense of humor. Tried downloading the recipe for the Honing Kuchen, well, my trouble s just keeps going. It would not let me download. If my computer guy can’t fix these problems, then I wont be able to get on here. I just tried ordering a Insta heater( need some heat in my bathroom) my debit card was declined. I just gotten a new one, have no idea what the problem is with my new card.
    All these weird problems popping up sure killed my Christmas mood. I’m now wondering what will happen when I start baking some Christmas cookies. If they don’t turn out, I will throw them over the fence into my neighbors land. Maybe his cows will like them. Its like your problem with your dog eating the Christmas ornaments. That gave me a good laugh. Throw your dog over the fence Karen, lol.
    Wishing you and everybody on here a very blessed and happy Christmas and a healthy happy New Year.
    BTW, I called my bank and asked what the problem was with my debit card. Guess what, the said no problem at all. I made sure I punched in the correct numbers and I did. Maybe its a bum deal and I should not buy it. Just going to take my showers in a cold bathroom. OK alle, happy holidays. Gigi.

  4. Is this “Honig Kuchen” an American version? It’s too much sugar for any German recipe.
    I will leave the sugar out.

    1. This is how I was given the recipe… It does sound like a lot, especially for a German cake. Let me know how it works with less


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