Looking for a way to impress your Jewish friends and family this Rosh Hashanah? Bake and bring a homemade honey cake to your next High Holidays celebration. Impress your Jewish family with your mad baking skills and choose a honey cake recipe to try. You will be glad you did!

Traditional honey cakes are made with honey (who would have thought?), eggs, sugar, baking powder, margarine, flour, cinnamon and usually coffee. With so many choices, make sure that you know if the Rosh Hashanah meal you are attending is kosher or not, and if dairy or meat will be served.

10 Honey Cake Recipes to Impress your Jewish Family & Friends With

If it is a dairy meal then you can take any of these cakes, if it is a meat based meal, then only choose non dairy or parve options. If it is a kosher meal (i.e. the food was made in a kosher kitchen in a kosher home) then my advice is to buy a kosher honey cake at your favorite kosher bakery. That way you can’t go wrong and chances are it will be good. If anyone asks if it is kosher, fess up, there is no point in trying to pretend that you made a kosher honey cake when you may not have a kosher kitchen to bake in.

Honey cakes are popular at Rosh Hashanah as they symbolize Jewish people’s wishes for a sweet new year. Some families pass these recipes down from generation to generation. Below I have compiled some of the best honey cake recipes on the net. You can choose traditional, modern, dairy, gluten free, with apples, with nuts and even cupcakes!

I haven’t tried all of these recipes, however I am going to try a few between now and Rosh Hashanah. Hey I want to contribute to my family’s Rosh Hashanah as well. As I do I will update this page with how it went.

1. A Easy Traditional Moist Honey Cake

Honey cakes are traditionally known to be dry and many Jewish people I have talked to didn’t know they were apart of Rosh Hashanah. This is probably because they are usually dry and forgettable. Kind of like Christmas cake – yuck.

The Two Lazy Gourmets have come up with a recipe that is fluffy and moist. If you try it let us know how it went in the comments below.

* Easy
* Non Dairy or Parve

Honey Cake


2. An Easy Deluxe Honey Cake

This one takes about 20 min to prepare and 50 minutes to cook. So if you are looking for a proper cake with a twist then this easy recipe may be for you. From Leah Cooks Kosher.

* Easy
* Non Dairy or Parve



3. A Nut Lovers Honey Cake

A change up for the nut lovers, a recipe with lots of candied nuts from the people at Ohnuts.com

* Medium Difficulty
* Non Dairy or Parve


4. A Handed Down Recipe – Grandma Bessie’s Honey Cake

Make Grandma Bessie’s handed down traditional honey cake that comes with a touching story.

* Medium difficulty
* Non Dairy or Parve



5. Martha Stewart’s Fancy Honey Cake with Caramelized Pears.

We couldn’t let our list end without including a recipe from Martha Stewart, if anyone can create a spin on a honey cake it would be her!. This one is topped off with caramelized Anjou pears. She also gives you an option to make it no dairy towards the end of the recipe. Find her recipe here.

* Difficult
* Dairy – unless you use the options she suggests at end of the article


6. A Rosh Hashanah Honey Cake with a Modern Orange Twist

Allie at Allie’s Kitchen is a Shiksa that changed up the traditional cake by adding orange zest and juice in it instead of coffee.

* Easy
* Non dairy or Parve if you don’t add the glaze she shows at the end of the video.


7. Rosh Hashanah Apple Honey Cake – Cupcakes from Momtastic Food

A spin on the traditional cake, little cakes made with apples that are quick and easy to make, with a preparation time of 10 min, and a cook time of 25 min. From Momtastic Food.. I am going to make these this weekend and see how they turn out!

*Easy and Quick
*Non Dairy or Parve

Here are the ones that I made this past weekend to try out for our Rosh Hashanah. These are parve, there is no dairy. Let me preface this with “I am not a baker”. In fact to call me a cook at all would be a stretch, but I do try. These were really easy to make and tasted okay. There is an error in the recipe where baking soda is listed in the ingredients, but the directions say it is baking powder. I took a chance and used baking powder. I also used a Granny Smith apple. The comments I got were “they taste like something from Passover”. Hmmm… I also realized that my family aren’t really honey/apple cake people. Oh well. If you try them let me know how it goes!

honey cakes for Rosh Hashanah



8. Honey Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

A yummy bit of heavenly cream cheese frosting. Who wouldn’t like to try one of these? Find the honey cake recipe here.

* Medium difficulty
* DairyHoney Cake recipe


9. Even a Gluten Free Honey Cake Recipe

If you know that there will be some guests that are gluten free for either health or diet reasons, then check out this gluten free honey cake recipe for Rosh Hashanah from Gluten Free Recipe Box.  They claim that it is moist, even if it is gluten free!

* Medium difficulty
* Dairy or Non Dairy – see recipe for take on recipes.

Gluten Free Honey Cake


10. A 3 Day Make Them Say “WOW” Honey Cake Recipe

Looking for a different and more challenging recipe only cut out for the most experienced baker? Try the Czech Cookbook’s Medovnik’s recipe that is a many layered cake that takes 3 DAYS to make. So if you have the time, want to make an EXCELLENT impression (assuming the cake works out), then try this recipe. Please let us know how it works out for you!

She even includes a video on how to make this cake!



Regardless of whatever recipe you choose to try out, we would love to hear about how it goes!

Please comment below and share with us which honey cake recipe you chose, how the baking went, and if people liked it or not!

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