Bubby’s Honey Cake

This is the old-fashioned good stuff, made by a real Bubby.

The Backstory: Recently, I chatted with my Canadian cousin, Rhonda.  After discussing family happenings, I asked her if she had any recipes to share with me. And, did she ever! Thanks, Rhonda. Some of the recipes came from relatives that are no longer with us, but I still have very fond memories of them. This cake recipe was my great Aunt Esther’s, however, her grandson tweaked it. I don’t know if its the whiskey that was added (I can’t really see my great Aunt Esther dabbling in rye whiskey, but you never know), I am only guessing.  I’ll have to check on that. More of the Backstory after the recipe

Bubby's Honey Cake

Dark brown when baked and so delicious, The blend of spices and the sweetness of the honey give it that rich, decadent. The coffee and whiskey kick it up a notch.
Course Desserts
Cuisine Jewish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 10 servings


  • 2 cups honey
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 ounces rye whiskey
  • 2 tsp. baking soda (must be fresh)
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 3/4 tsp. ground allspice
  • 1 1/4 cups black coffee cooled
  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • zest of one orange


  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line a 11" x 16" x 2 1/2" baking dish with a paper bag. Make sure you cover the bottom and the sides of the dish. Set aside.
  2. Mix together the honey, sugar, eggs, oil, whiskey, baking soda, baking powder, nutmeg, allspice and orange zest. Then add the coffee. Mix. Slowly add the flour. Mix all.
  3. Pour into baking dish and bake for one hour and 15 minutes or until a cake tester inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Remove and let cool on wire rack before slicing .

…The Backstory continues: Aunt Esther always had her home baked cookies on hand whenever we visited her. My kids loved them and so did I. Her baking method is not exactly the norm (as you’ll see when you read it). However, this recipe has been given to family and friends over the years, so I’d say it has passed the test of “I’ll have another slice, please”.

Amen to that.


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Myrna Turek

Myrna Turek

I'm a domestic goddess who got my 'PhD' in Home Ec in the early 1960s. I was married for 52 years and have six grandchildren. If it were up to me, everything would be fried. Including chocolate.
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