Hungry for… Honey Cake

Honey Cake | Recipe | Gather and Graze

It is doubtful that you’ll come across another cake that is quite so easy to make, yet rewards with such beautiful taste and moist crumb. Honey is the obvious star, bringing a touch of sunshine and happiness… subtle and well-balanced… demanding only a cup of tea as the perfect partner.

This flavourful Honey Cake has been making a regular appearance on our table for the past few months now. Spotted first on The Hungry Mum’s fabulous blog, who in turn had spotted it in a Donna Hay cookbook or website. The Hungry Mum made only one small change to the recipe, using yoghurt instead of sour cream… something I’m more than happy to adhere to, as Greek yoghurt can always be found in our fridge.

I must say that I hesitated in re-posting this recipe, which has already been covered so well by a fellow blogger (please do go and visit The Hungry Mum, to view this fabulous recipe and many more, through here or by using the link above); but as this is a cake that both myself and my children adore, I hope she won’t mind me promoting it here on Gather and Graze as well. My boys will then have no trouble finding it later in life, when they are searching for the perfect cakes to bake for their own families or friends. To the recipe below, I’ve also added weights for most of the ingredients (being my preferred way of measuring for baking)… and a pinch of salt, as is also my preference with baked treats.

Honey Cake | Gather and Graze

Honey Cake

  • Servings: 12 Slices
  • Difficulty: Easier than Easy
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  • 260g (1¾ Cups) Self-Raising Flour (Sifted)
  • 170g (¾ cup) Raw Caster Sugar
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 155g (2/3 Cup) Unsalted Butter (Melted)
  • 170g (½ Cup) Honey
  • 200g (¾ Cup) Greek Yoghurt (or Sour Cream)
  • 3 Free-Range Eggs (Lightly Beaten)
  • 1 Tablespoon Icing (Powdered) Sugar (for dusting the top)


    Pre-heat the oven to 180°C. Grease and line the base of a 24cm round cake tin (or 25cm fluted cake tin if you have one).

    In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar and salt.

    Place all other ingredients in a separate mixing bowl. Stir well, until combined and light in texture.

    Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and fold gently until combined. Pour into the cake tin and bake in the pre-heated oven for about 35-40 minutes (or until a cake tester comes out clean). If you find that the cake is browning too quickly during the final 10 minutes of cooking, cover lightly with a sheet of foil.

    Allow to cool for 10 minutes in the tin before removing to a cooling rack. When completely cool, dust the top with icing sugar.

    Serve the Honey Cake as is, or with a drizzle of honey and dollop of Greek Yoghurt on the side.

    Honey Cake | Gather and Graze

  • A Donna Hay recipe

53 thoughts on “Hungry for… Honey Cake

      1. M E Cheshier

        Hi Gather and Grace.. You are very welcome. I just got some raw honey from a friend. I will soon give this recipe a try.

  1. milkandbun

    I love such simple and aromatic cakes or pies. When I hear ‘honey cake’ I always imagine Russian honey cake (layer cake with cream). 😀

  2. thehungrymum

    omgosh – what a lovely surprise! Was just popping into your blog to see what you\ve been up to and I discover an ode to my blog 🙂 Thank you 🙂 So happy that your family loved this cake, and that you liked the yogurt swap.

  3. Francesca

    Hello Margot! I love this! This is exactly the kind of cake that my family would be happy to eat for breakfast! I make a similar cake but I really like your honey version! I’ll make your cake for sure! Thank you! 🙂

    1. Margot @ Gather and Graze Post author

      Very sweet of you Francesca, thank you! My boys were excited to take a slice of this cake in their school lunch boxes on Monday (before it all disappeared!) 🙂 I really do hope you enjoy it!

  4. tinywhitecottage

    This is exactly the kind of cake I love Margot. Simple wholesome ingredients and easy to put together. Have you every made Tessa’s Honey Cake from her Apples for Jam? Fabulous as well, although I really like the addition of yogurt in this one. Love the sound of a drizzle of honey and dollop of Greek Yoghurt on the side. So nice to see your blog this morning. 🙂

    1. Margot @ Gather and Graze Post author

      SO lovely to see your comment here this morning Seana! Johnny and I (plus many more I’m sure) have been missing you lately!!! Very much hope that all is well.
      I’ll have to track down Tessa’s Honey Cake – somehow I’ve not seen that one before, but would love to give it a go. Perhaps next week… only so many honey cakes one can eat in a week! 😉
      So happy that you’re back! M.xx

        1. Margot @ Gather and Graze Post author

          Thanks for the link Seana! You remembered correctly, I do have Tessa’s ‘Apples for Jam’ book on the shelf and I flicked through it last night to find the honey cake… the photo jolted my memory, but I’ve not made it before. Love the idea of the finely chopped rosemary, citrusy butter icing and sweet little flowers on top – my rosemary bushes still have a number of flowers on them at the moment, so perfect timing! 🙂 Once again… so excited that you’re back!

  5. sam @ nourish

    I love your description ‘easier than easy’! I’ll have to remember this lovely cake when my youngest daughter is looking for something sweet to make and I’m too busy to help. It looks gorgeous! 🙂

    1. Margot @ Gather and Graze Post author

      Oh, it definitely is that easy Sam! A great one to let the kids go for it, or for when you’re really strapped for time. The subtle flavour of the honey is beautiful! Thanks for your sweet comment.

  6. stassoni

    Grate looking cake can’t wait to try it out. Very nice photography and I agree that a little lemon zest sounds grate with the sweet taste of honey.

  7. Kitsch n flavours

    Could definitely do with a slice of that right now! I’m just about to make chamomile tea. And nothing to go with it. Apart from dessert. Which will include yet more of my new plum jam. I’ve gotten too used to a slice, or two, of a sweet treat. And to think I never used to bother. That’s what blogging does for you!

    1. Margot @ Gather and Graze Post author

      Chamomile and honey sound like they’d go rather well together Johnny! Eeek, I hope you’re not viewing me as a bad influence by blogging too many sweet treats?! 😉 Though I do realise (after scrolling down my recipe index) that I really must try and blog more savoury. Hope you have a good week!

      1. Kitsch n flavours

        Of course you’re not a bad influence! I just happen to like baking. And, at the moment, I can’t really be bothered to cook. And yes, chamomile, honey and lots of lemon is my tipple. Just about to have one.

    1. Margot @ Gather and Graze Post author

      Oh it really is a breeze to make Sadia! It’s whipped up and in the oven in no time at all – which is great on those busy days when you’re craving a little something to go with your cup of tea! 🙂

  8. Loretta

    Such a simple, flavorful, wonderful cake…. and thanks for those cup measurements, I’ll let you know how it turns out 🙂 Do you think if I added some lemon zest it would make a difference? I love lemons, and with the honey, I thought it wouldn’t be too overpowering?

    1. Margot @ Gather and Graze Post author

      Hi Loretta, I’d very much love to hear what you think, if you make this cake… a little lemon zest sounds wonderful, definitely worth a try! 🙂 Thanks so much for your kind comment!


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