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Honey Cake


Jewish families begin their calendar in autumn with Rosh Hashanah. Many Jewish families enjoy sugary foods for Rosh Hashanah to bring a "sweet" future in the coming year. This cake also celebrates Simhat Torah.


  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon instant coffee granules
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. Beat first 4 ingredients at medium speed with electric mixer.
  2. Combine flour and next 3 ingredients; gradually add to honey mixture, mixing well.
  3. Dissolve coffee granules in hot water and add to mixture, beating well.
  4. Stir in flavorings.
  5. Pour into two greased and floured 9 x 5-inch loaf pans.
  6. Combine the 1/4 cup sugar, pecans and cinnamon; sprinkle over loaves.
  7. Bake at 325 degrees F for 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
  8. Cool loaves in pans 10 minutes; remove from pans, and let cool on a wire rack.


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