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Walnut Honey Cake

This light and fluffy marvel all but melts in your mouth. Back in the day, it took effort for my grandmother's kitchen helper to make it, but it's a breeze now that we have stand mixers. —Lily Julow, Lawrenceville, Georgia
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    15 servings


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup honey
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange zest
  • 1 cup orange juice (with pulp)
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts, divided
  • Confectioners' sugar, optional


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Line the bottom of a 13x9-in. baking pan with parchment; grease paper.
  • Beat sugar and eggs for 10 minutes. Gradually add oil; beat 1 minute. Gradually add honey, and beat 1 minute longer. Add orange zest and orange juice; beat 1 minute more.
  • In another bowl, sift flour with next 5 ingredients. On low speed, beat dry ingredients with egg mixture until combined. Increase speed to medium; beat until well mixed. Fold in half of the walnuts.
  • Pour batter into prepared pan; sprinkle with remaining walnuts. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 30-35 minutes. Cool; if desired, lightly dust with confectioners' sugar. Cut into squares.

Test Kitchen tips:
  • Have cake for breakfast! This cake is well-matched with coffee.
  • Simple and homey, this cake doesn't need a frosting. A dusting of confectioners' sugar does the trick.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 piece: 342 calories, 13g fat (1g saturated fat), 50mg cholesterol, 237mg sodium, 54g carbohydrate (34g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.
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    • danid
      Nov 14, 2017

      It wasn't as light and airy as I had hoped and i subbed the ginger for nutmeg (b/c I realized I didn't have any after I started). I felt like the honey overpowered the other flavors (I used a natural wildflower honey), maybe it was the type of honey I used not sure but it was a too much work to try again.

    • mkfrazier
      Oct 2, 2017

      I wanted to love this cake so much, however, it was anything but "light and fluffy". I followed the recipe exactly as written, but it turned out dry and heavy. I was careful to not over/under bake it. The cake is a vast mix of flavors, though the ginger seemed to overpower the more subtle flavors. It did fill the kitchen with a wonderful aroma as it baked, but given the cost and effort, the end result was not worth it. Perhaps less ginger and adding a cup of applesauce would make this more palatable, but I doubt that I'll make this again. I wish it had been better, Lily. It did sound delicious.