Devonshire honey cake

Devonshire honey cake

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Cook: 1 hr, 30 mins


Makes 12 slices
Devonshire honey cake, perfect for a cream tea

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per slice

  • kcal336
  • fat17g
  • saturates10g
  • carbs43g
  • sugars25g
  • fibre1g
  • protein4g
  • salt0.29g
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  • 250g clear honey, plus about 2 tbsp extra to glaze
  • 225g unsalted butter



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 100g dark muscovado sugar
  • 3 large egg, beaten



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…

  • 300g self-raising flour


  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.

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Comments (87)

dizzybec's picture

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

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

Took a lot longer than an hour to cook!

biddlybee's picture

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

dentrassi's picture

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

A really very tasty cake!

rmchrist's picture

Made the cake for work cake sale, everyone loved it. Little bit sticky which made it even more yummy

katpet's picture

delicious! I've made it in various occasions and allways with success. I add a little ginger.

tiptongirl's picture

I would like to make this into a larger cake, say 26cm/10" or 28cm/11". I know you can't just double ingredients..... Does anyone have rule of thumb method?

poobear's picture

Lovely recipe - I used soft brown sugar and slightly less that 100g because that's all I had but it still came out brilliantly. Really tasty.

nicko1973's picture

Wanted to make a cake on a rainy day using store cupboard ingredients - this was fantastic - only had caster sugar (not a problem), added allspice and a touch extra cinamon, and baked in a square tray (to cut into squares) and came out perfectly. Would definately bake again and a thumbs up from the ever hungry 13 year old who said "can I have some more!" cant go wrong (does take longer than 15 mins to cool).

catshevlane's picture

Delicious cake! Agree with what people say about it being similar to a ginger cake. I also left my honey mixture to cool a little longer than recommended after reading peoples comments. I made a loaf and then put the rest into muffin cases and made small cakes for my young son. My husband took the loaf to work and apparently it went down very well indeed! This will now be one of my regular cakes to make the family.

larney5's picture

Everyone loved this cake - a massive favourite here. Very easy to make too.

justin007's picture

I had the same problem as David and Carol, so i left it in the oven for an extra half hour. The knife has come out clean this time, so fingers crossed. this is my first attempt at baking and i'm really enjoying it.

taffia's picture

Made mine in a loaf tin. Turned out lovely. Def. would make again.

lizfisher56's picture

Absolutely lovely. I made this using local honey. I took some into work and it was gone in a second! Even the cook liked it - high praise indeed.

nettiboo1982's picture

i found this cake simple. i split recipe in two and made the original idea topped with manuka honey. the other cake i drizzled with freshly squeezed lemon juice then dusted with icing sugar. both are lovely but the lemony top is the best as it seeps into the sponge. splitting the recipe was ok just a smaller sponge is the result but two cakes from one recipe pretty good id say. i think you could add alsort to this cake and it would be fab.

tomthumb's picture

Also my dad thought it would go nice with custard so will consider making it next time as a pudding.

tomthumb's picture

Great recipe but agree it needed cooking for much longer then suggested and I had to cover the top with parchment paper to prevent it from burning. I did add an additional ingredient of poppy seeds (taken from another honey cake recipe) and thought it worked just as well. Loved the depth of the cake although was not to impressed with the glaze, would consider next time making an icing sugar glaze with the honey.

rowleyn's picture

Beutiful cake, really benefited from some custard though.


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