Greek honey cake

    1 hour 20 min

    This is a very moist honey and walnut cake, often found at Greek festivals.

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    Serves: 12 

    • 125g plain flour
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon orange zest
    • 170g butter, room temperature
    • 150g caster sugar
    • 3 eggs
    • 60ml milk
    • 125g chopped walnuts
    • 200g caster sugar
    • 350g honey
    • 175ml water
    • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:50min  ›  Ready in:1hr20min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas mark 4. Grease and flour a 23cm (9 in) square tin. Combine the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and orange zest. Set aside.
    2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and 150g sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Beat in the flour mixture alternately with the milk, mixing just until incorporated. Stir in the walnuts.
    3. Pour batter into prepared tin. Bake in the preheated oven for 40 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Allow to cool for 15 minutes, then cut into diamond shapes.
    4. For the Honey Syrup: In a saucepan, combine honey, 200g sugar and water. Bring to a simmer and cook 5 minutes. Stir in lemon juice, bring to the boil and cook for 2 minutes. Pour hot honey syrup over the cooled cake.


    Alternatively, you can pour cool honey syrup over the hot cake straight from the oven.

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    Reviews in English (103)


    Cake was beautiful, taste was devine. Will certainley share next time! x  -  05 Mar 2009


    Really yummy. A big hit! I only put half the sugar into the syrup mix and it was still great. Will definitely make it again.  -  22 Aug 2013


    I've made this cake on several occasions and it was a hit each time. My only recommendation is to spare the honey dressing - if you use all that is recommended, you'll end up with honey soup with cake in it. I typically use about half of what is prepared.  -  12 Oct 2005  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)