Honey Cake

This simple cake can be used as a base recipe for Honeymoons, or many other tasty tortes.

  • Yield: Makes one 11-by-17-inch cake or about 7 dozen 2 1/4-inch cakes

Source: Martha Stewart Weddings, Fall 2000


  • 1 3/4 cups unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pan
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups honey
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 cups sifted cake flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Grated zest of 2 lemons


  1. Heat oven to 325 degrees. Brush an 11-by-17-inch baking pan with butter, line with parchment, and butter again; set aside. Whisk together milk, eggs, 1 cup honey, and the vanilla in a medium bowl.

  2. Place flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in bowl of electric mixer fitted with paddle attachment. Mix on low until combined. Add butter, half the milk mixture, and lemon zest. Increase speed to medium, and beat for 1 minute. Scrape the sides of bowl, and add remaining milk mixture in 2 batches, beating on medium for 1 minute after each addition.

  3. Pour batter into the prepared baking pan, and smooth the surface with a spatula. Bake for 30 minutes, or until golden brown and cake springs back when gently pressed in the center.

  4. Heat remaining 1/2 cup honey in a small saucepan, and brush onto warm cake. Cool completely in the pan on a wire rack, and then refrigerate until firm.


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