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Orange Honey Cake Recipe

Orange honey cake recope

I actually succeed in turning quite a few people on to my honey cake. Mine is moist and spicy and easy to love; I trust it will make you forget all the indignities of past dried-out and brittle honey cakes. I make it several ways, all scrumptious, but this is one of my favorite. The secret ingredient, orange marmalade, was shared by my dear friend Leah.

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  • 12-14Servings


  • 1 cup oil
  • ⅔ cup brown sugar or sucanat
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 cup orange marmalade, try your best for all-fruit
  • 4 eggs
  • ¾ cup strong coffee, at room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons rum or brandy
  • 3 cups flour, all purpose, whole wheat pastry or spelt (spelt my favorite)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon each cinnamon, allspice and ginger
  • ½ cup sliced almonds (optional)


1. Preheat oven to 350°.

2. Whisk oil, brown sugar, honey, marmalade, eggs, coffee and rum or brandy in a bowl. 

3. Mix remaining ingredients in a second bowl.

4. Combine both mixtures thoroughly, mixing only until just combined. 

5. Pour batter into a greased tube pan, and bake 1 hour, or a little longer, until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.