Ali's Honey Cake

In the Kitchen

Ali's here with a special handwritten recipe of 'honey cake' that was either written by her or her mum back in the day. She found the note in between the pages of a very old book of recipes. 

"Either way it’s a very stained book! It’s so old I had to convert the measurements" Ali said.  

The note said nice for a Devonshire tea with a bit of cream. Our house has been consuming the cake with a cup of tea

And after discovering that she had quite a bit of honey left in the pantry, she baked this simple and delicious honey cake from the handwritten recipe. 


  • 250g of honey
  • 225g of butter
  • 100g of soft brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs 
  • 300g of self-raising flour


  1. Preheat oven to a fan 140C or conventional 160C.
  2. Prepare a 20cm round loose bottom cake tin.
  3. Cut the butter and put it in a medium saucepan with honey and sugar. Let it all melt over low heat and stir occasionally with a wooden spoon until it's quite liquid.
  4. Bring to boil for a minute
  5. Take off heat and leave to cool for about 20 minutes. (The reason you let it cool is to avoid the eggs from getting cooked when you add them).
  6. Next, in a bowl, whisk the three eggs. Sift the flour into the bowl and then add the honey mixture too. Beat until a smooth batter.
  7. Pour into the cake tin and bake 50 minutes to an hour until golden and a skewer pushed in comes out clean. 
  8. Warm 2 Tbsp of honey and brush it over the top of the cake for a nice sticky glaze 

To store: Keep it in an airtight tin, once cool.

If you got marrows lying around in the pantry for a while, there's Ali's Marrow Cake recipe to try.