Honey Cake

This morning as I was just researching historical recipes and looking for ingredients that I had readily available – I came across one that sounded delicious.

And easy.

Honey Cake. I love honey. I love cake. Yummy yummy!

Honey Cake was published in The Book of Household Management by Isabella Beeton in 1861.

Original Recipe


1/2 breakfast-cupful of sugar

1 breakfast-cupful of rich sour cream

2 breakfast-cupfuls of flour

1/2 teaspoonful of carbonate of soda

honey to taste


Mix the sugar and cream together.

Dredge in the flour, with as much honey as will flavour the mixture nicely. Stir it well, that all the ingredients may be thoroughly mixed.

Add the carbonate of soda.

Beat the cake well for another 5 minutes.

Put it into a buttered tin.

Bake it from 1/2 to 3/4 hour, and let it be eaten warm.

Modern Recipe


1/2 Cup of Sugar

1 Cup of Sour Cream

2 Cups of Flour

1/2 teaspoon of Baking Soda

1/2 teaspoon of Baking Powder

1/4 teaspoon of Salt

1 Cup of Honey


Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease (or use butter or cooking spray) a loaf pan.

In a medium sized bowl, mix the sugar and sour cream together.

Add the flour and honey. Stir thoroughly.

Add the baking soda, baking powder and salt. Mix thoroughly. Beat well for about 5 minutes.

Pour into greased pan.

Bake for 30-45 minutes. Keep checking until a toothpick comes out clean.

Honey Cake


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