honey cake recipe, indian bakery style honey cake recipe
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honey cake

honey cake is a well known dessert made famous by the south indian bakeries, especially iyengar bakery. this honey cake recipe has a soft, light crumb and is made with whole wheat flour (atta), unrefined cane sugar and uses less oil.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: desserts, sweets
Cuisine: world
Servings: 9 pieces
Calories: 218kcal
Author: Dassana Amit


for sponge cake

  • 1.25 cups whole wheat flour (atta) or 150 grams
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 cup cold water
  • ½ cup sugar or 90 to 100 grams sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract or ¼ teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice or lime juice or vinegar – apple cider or white vinegar
  • ¼ cup sunflower oil or any neutral tasting oil

for honey glaze

  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoons rose water or drinking water

for jam glaze

  • 3 tablespoons strawberry jam or rose jam (gulkand) or mango jam or any fruit jam
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water

other ingredients

  • cup desiccated coconut, unsweetened


making sponge cake

    a) sifting dry ingredients

    • grease a 6X6 inches pan with some oil. you can also use a round pan or a loaf pan. 
    • preheat oven at 180 degrees celsius for 15 minutes. for OTG as well as convection ovens, you can use the temperature of 180 degrees celsius, both for preheating as well as baking.
    • take 1.25 cups whole wheat flour (150 grams) in a seive.
    • add ½ teaspoon baking soda and 1 pinch salt. 
    • sift the dry ingredients and keep aside.

    b) mixing wet ingredients for cake

    • in a bowl take 1 cup cold water. the water has to be cold or chilled.
    • add ½ cups sugar (85 grams sugar). with a whisk mix very well till all the sugar is dissolved.
    • then add ½ teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 tablespoon lemon juice or lime juice or vinegar. mix well.
    • add 1 tablespoon lemon juice or lime juice or vinegar. for the vinegar, you can use apple cider vinegar or white vinegar. 
    • then add ¼ cup sunflower oil. mix very well.

    c) making cake batter

    • now add the wet ingredients to the sifted dry ingredients.
    • with a wired whisk and with light pressure from your hands, begin to mix.
    • mix to a smooth batter. small tiny lumps are fine. do not over mix the batter.
    • pour the eggless cake batter in the cake pan. gently tap and shake the sides so as to even the batter in the pan.
    • place the pan in the preheated oven for 180 degrees celsius. if using OTG then use both the top and bottom heating elements on (toast mode in the indian OTGs).
    • bake the cake for 30 to 40 minutes till the top is golden. time varies from oven to oven, so it can take less or more time than 30 to 40 minutes. 
    • check cake with a skewer and it should come out clean.
    • place the cake pan on a metal rack and let it become warm.
    • when the cake becomes warm or cools, remove it from the pan and keep on a wooden board or a chopping board or a large plate or tray. then place it upright.
    • then with a skewer poke holes in the cake all over. keep aside.

    making honey glaze for honey cake

    • in a small bowl, take 3 tablespoons honey.
    • add 1 tablespoon rose water or drinking water. instead of water you can also use a fruit juice like apple juice, mango juice or orange juice. but do note that some flavor of the fruit juice will be felt in the cake.
    • mix very well with a spoon. the rose water should get mixed evenly with the honey. keep aside.

    making jam glaze for honey cake

    • take 3 tablespoons strawberry jam in a pan. you can also use rose jam (gulkand) or mango jam or any fruit jam.
    • add 2 teaspoons sugar and 2 tablespoons water.
    • keep the pan on stove top and lit the gas stove on a low flame. mix very well and begin to heat this jam glaze mixture.
    • break the lumps of jam and mix it with the water. stir often. stir and mix to a smooth jam mixture.
    • let the jam glaze come to a boil and then switch off flame. remove the pan from the stove top and keep aside. let the jam mixture become lukewarm.

    making honey cake

    • spread the honey glaze all over the cake with a spoon or spatula.
    • spread honey evenly and all over. also spread it on the sides of the cake.
    • optional step is to slice the cake before spreading the lukewarm jam glaze. or else you can slice the honey cake later.
    • spread lukewarm jam glaze all over with a spoon or spatula. also spread on the sides.
    • now sprinkle desiccated coconut all over the honey cake. optionally the desiccated coconut can also be spread at the sides.
    • gently press desiccated coconut with a spoon or butter knife, so that it sticks to the jam glaze.
    • let the jam glaze set (about 15 to 20 minutes) and then you can serve slices of honey cake. leftover remaining slices can be refrigerated. they stay well in the fridge for about a week. 


    Calories: 218kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 66mg | Potassium: 82mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin C: 1.2mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 0.8mg