GRANDMA YETTA'S HONEY CAKE

 

  • Cooking Time: 60 minutes
  • Servings:
  • Preparation Time:

Ingredients

  • 1 C shortening
  • 1 C brown sugar
  • 1/3 C granulated sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 5 C flour
  • 1-1/2 tsp IN ALL: cinnamon, cloves, mace
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2/3 C black coffee
  • 1 pint honey (1-1/2 lbs)
  • 1/4 C orange juice
  • 1/4 C lemon juice
  • Rind of orange, cooked and ground
  • Rind of lemon, grated
  • 1 C chopped nuts (optional)
  • 20 dates cut small, mixed with 2 T flour (optional)

Directions

  • Line pans with greased or waxed paper.
  • Mix and sift all dry ingredients three times.
  • Reserve 1/2 C to mix with nuts and dates.
  • Cream shortening and granulated sugar.
  • Add brown sugar.
  • Add whole eggs one by one, beating well after each addition.
  • Add honey and beat well.
  • Add flour alternately with coffee, beating well after each addition.
  • Add grated orange and lemon rinds and juice.
  • Then add reserved flour, nuts and dates.
  • Pour into lined pans.
  • Bake at 325 degrees for about 1 hour.

Notes

Honey cake is traditional for Rosh Hoshana (Jewish New Year).

Photo of Yetta Chemnick Levin (1862–1941).

Author Credit: Yetta Chemnick Levin

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