After much forgetfulness I am finally posting this yummy and very simple cake. What I love about this cake is that it is really really easy (you can whisk it up super quick in a food processor) and it doesn’t use any unusual ingredients

It made its own super sticky topping, all I did was add a little extra honey “goodness” by brushing on a little glaze after. This recipe uses a whole cup, that’s 250ml of honey so it really is (in my opinion) a “proper” honey cake I tell you! For the orange scented part I used orange extract (from Sainsbury’s if you were wondering) but if I was to make it again I would also add the zest of 1 orange, the only reason I did not was that I had no oranges to hand when the inspiration hit. I used local acacia honey in my cake which gave a very subtle and sweet flavour to the cake, I’m sure different honey will be equally delicious and I am looking forward to trying a few different variations.

Try it out honey 😉

Orange Scented Honey Cake

  • 100g dairy free margarine
  • 50g light brown sugar
  • 250ml honey
  • 250ml boiling water (from the kettle)
  • 1 tsp orange extract and/or the finely grated zest of 1 orange
  • 300g plain flour
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 170c and either grease a 20cm x 30cm tin or do as I do and line with greaseproof.

I made this in the food processor but I am sure if you mix well making by hand would be fine too.

  1. Add the margarine and sugar to your food processor and blitz to combine. Next add the honey, orange extract, zest and boiling water and combine again.
  2. Sift the dry ingredients into a bowl then gradually add that to the wet ingredients giving a little blitz between each addition until it is all combined.
  3. Pour into tin and spread evenly. Bake in oven for about 25 to 30 minutes. I found the “skewer” trick to see if it is done won’t work as the top is too gooey so if you are unsure do for 30 mins rather than 25mins
  4. Make a glaze of 2 tbsp honey and 1 tbsp boiling water, brush gently over warm cake.

Slice once cool.

with tea? 😉

* why not swap the orange for cinnamon or add a mashed banana for a different variation?

and while I was baking my strange children amused themselves…….


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11 thoughts on “Orange Scented Honey Cake

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  2. Really, very, very good.. I tried it out on two non restricted diet people and they both loved it. I’m not sure about the variations suggested, I found that the orange zest cut through the sweetness of the honey so it wasn’t cloying, but the honey still left a fabulous rich flavour.

  3. What a delicious cake-I adore orange and honey!Thank you so much for sharing your great recipe on Allergy-Free Wednesdays! In order to be featured, please provide a link back to AFW somewhere in your post. Be sure to check back next week for recipe highlights (including the top 3 reader choice submissions and hostess favorites).

    Be Well!

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