Devonshire honey cake

Devonshire honey cake

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Cooking time

Cook: 1 hr, 30 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Makes 12 slices

Devonshire honey cake, perfect for a cream tea

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition info

Nutrition per slice

kcalories
336
protein
4g
carbs
43g
fat
17g
saturates
10g
fibre
1g
sugar
25g
salt
0.29g

Ingredients

  • 250g clear honey, plus about 2 tbsp extra to glaze
  • 225g unsalted butter
  • 100g dark muscovado sugar
  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • 300g self-raising flour

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Method

  1. Preheat the oven to fan 140C/ conventional 160C/gas 3. Butter and line a 20cm round loosebottomed cake tin. Cut the butter into pieces and drop into a medium pan with the honey and sugar. Melt slowly over a low heat. When the mixture looks quite liquid, increase the heat under the pan and boil for about one minute. Leave to cool for 15-20 minutes, to prevent the eggs cooking when they are mixed in.
  2. Beat the eggs into the melted honey mixture using a wooden spoon. Sift the flour into a large bowl and pour in the egg and honey mixture, beating until you have a smooth, quite runny batter.
  3. Pour the mixture into the tin and bake for 50 minutes-1 hour until the cake is well-risen, golden brown and springs back when pressed. A skewer pushed into the centre of the cake should come out clean.
  4. Turn the cake out on a wire rack. Warm 2 tbsp honey in a small pan and brush over the top of the cake to give a sticky glaze, then leave to cool. Keeps for 4-5 days wrapped, in an airtight tin.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, July 2003

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keithlamble's picture

Have made the honey cake many times and have it with devon clotted cream - excellent.

poundsandounces's picture
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Made this cake at the weekend. My husband thinks it is the best I have ever made!!! Would be nice served warm with ice cream or whipped cream.

miramonti's picture
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A great recipe for Jewish New Year. Tried with both honey and golden syrup. Both good but the syrup gives a slightly more spicy taste. And worked even with gluten free flour - no problems. Will definitely make again throughout the year.

louisel008's picture
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very easy to make, tastes fab & goes down brilliantly with a cup of tea!

andyswift's picture

Had reservations about trying this after reading a few of the negative comments. I so glad I did, absolutely fantastic result. Did have a couple of problems while making - I allowed longer for the mix to cool before adding the egg and it did take quite a bit longer in the oven than the recipe says (oven may have been a bit cool (?)). Still turned out delicious though. I will certainly be making another.

rwhite2008's picture
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This cake is awesome! I made it for my boyfriend who is obsessed with honey, it was so easy it turned out beautifully and tasted just as good.

liliaf's picture
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this cake was a great hit yesterday when i made it for visitors they
loved it passed recipe onto them and i shall be taking one to my
son when we next visit him

mizzyh's picture

We've got our village fete on 30th August and I think I'll make this for the tea tent! Most appropriate, as I live in Devon! I might do it as a tray bake though, then I can taste it first!

little_lauren's picture
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I'm so pleased with this cake. It was easy to make and it came out perfect first time! oh..and it tastes great. :)

vickyhinde's picture

Made this for my Dad on Fathers Day...he loved it..me not so much....was very easy to make...

beth_powell's picture
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This recipe is pretty much the same as my nan's traditional recipe that we've had in our family for years! It makes the most scrumptious, delicious, warming cake that's not too sticky and not too dry. Perfect for a large family after tea! Well worth the effort. Happy baking :-)

meo_miu_007's picture
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I love it

alicepringle's picture

very easy to make and tasted scrummy, we had it with cream. It took the honey mixture a lot longer than 15 mins to cool down though.

marola's picture
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Very good. The taste reminded me of cinder toffee. Next time will make it in two sandwich tins and fill with mascarpone.

dizzybec's picture
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I used half the amount of honey as I didnt have enough in, but added sone golden syrup. I also added a bit of mixed spice. Yum Yum. I baked it as a tray bake and drizzled with a little icing, cut it into little squares and took to work. Fab

geov25's picture
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Made this for a catering exam last June, Excellent recipie, got me an A*, Very sweet,Perfect for formal ocassinos and social gatherings.

lisaw85's picture
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Took a lot longer than an hour to cook!

biddlybee's picture
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I poke the cake with a skewer before doing the glaze, then some more honey can seep into the cake. mmmmmmm

dentrassi's picture
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This cake is fantastic and simple, perfect for a student like me.
I like to add a teaspoon or so of cinnamon and some chopped walnuts to my cake too, gives extra crunch and flavour but the original recipe is fine if you like a moist sweet sponge.

bethocallaghan's picture
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A really very tasty cake!

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