Jewish Honey Cake


This is the honey cake I grew up with as a child in Israel. Sweet, moist, and heavily spiced. Great autumn bake and compliments the apple season nicely for the Jewish New Year.

Experimental Findings

So which test yielded the best cake?

I preferred the cake with both cloves and all spice as well as the coffee rather than the tea. The cloves on their own were somewhat overpowering so cutting them with all spice is a good idea. The coffee versus tea question is trickier. I personally feel that the coffee gives a deeper, richer flavor which is what I want from this cake. That said, the tea bring some brightness which is pleasant in its own right.

What about the alcohol mentioned in the source recipe?

I chose to omit it at the time because I just didn’t have any in the house. I suspect it would be delicious and it would be worth it to give it a shot. Maybe test 4 will look into that


Jewish Honey Cake: Test 1 – Cloves and Coffee
Jewish Honey Cake: Test 2 – Cloves, Allspice, and Tea
Jewish Honey Cake: Test 3 – Cloves, Allspice and Coffee

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Tali Apostolico

I'm a baking addict with a history of messing around in a lab. Science, an intense interest in food and flavor, and creative genes! Thus, Exploratory Kitchen was born! A scientific approach to producing delicious and customizable foods with the aim to understand the ingredients and not just follow the recipe.

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