Devonshire honey cake

Devonshire honey cake

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(72 ratings)

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 eggs, 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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8th Aug, 2012
I can't see how you can get this recipe wrong unless your oven does not heat to the correct heat or you are opening the oven door during cooking. I added an extra egg as they were not large (laid by my hens in the garden) and used acacia honey. It is a delight.
2nd Jul, 2012
As I keep bees, I am always on the look out for good honey recipes! This was turned out brilliantly, with the addition of 2 tsp ground ginger and 6 balls of chopped stem ginger, really delicious and incredibly easy. One comment mentioned cooling the mixture - just pour it into a cold bowl and stand in cold water and it is cool enough to mix in the eggs in no time.
16th Jun, 2012
Easy to make just make sure the Honey is cool before adding the egg I had to leave mine to stand for 30 mins and cooked for a good Hour . "Lovely"
24th May, 2012
This is a really nice cake. I couldn't wait for the honey mix to cool so I popped the pan over a larger pan with cold water in and stirred until cool it works.
19th May, 2012
i'm in the process of making this cake now... and it is taking MUCH longer than the time specified... been nearly an hour and 20mins now and it's still quite gooey in the middle. any suggestions why this is?!
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8th May, 2012
Delicious. Perhaps add some lemon zest, or a drop of vanilla.
15th Apr, 2012
This is a top notch cake. Kids love it and it's easy to make. Made it for one of my twin sons birthday everybody commented how good it was. Fantastic cake!!!!
3rd Feb, 2012
Lovely!!! so moist! yummy!
17th Nov, 2011
it's lovely! i added apples to the honey-sugar-butter mixture and it turned it really well. it has a nice herby taste to it.
4th Nov, 2011
Have made the honey cake many times and have it with devon clotted cream - excellent.


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