Honey Cake

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honey cake

Honey Cake (Pain D’Epices a ma facon)

Course: Sweets
Sweets Sub-Category: Cakes
Author: Clémence Gossett
Nothing speaks to my childhood like a slab of pain d’epices. The thick, honey-laden bread was a staple in my house and was either slathered with butter for breakfast or smothered with chocolate after school. We tooled around with a cakier version, keeping the same spice inspiration and whole grain texture, by using the rye flour and spelt flours for the whole wheat part of the recipe (with a special nod to our favorite miller at Grist&Toll). This recipe makes two standard loaves (9″ x 4″) or one large one (Pullman or other longer bread pan).
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Honey Cake

  • 1/2 cup Olive grapeseed or vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup Honey
  • 3/4 cup Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Brown sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 1/4 cup Apple or orange juice
  • 1 cup All purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup Whole grain flour we love a mix of rye and spelt
  • 1/4 tsp Ground cloves
  • 1 Pinch Freshly grated star anise
  • 2 tsps Baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp Baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 Tbsp Cinnamon


  • Preheat your oven to 350F. Line two medium loaf pans with parchment paper.
  • Whisk your wet ingredients in a large bowl. Sift the dry ingredients over the wet and whisk until just combined.
  • Pour into prepared loaf pan. Bake for about 35 minutes, or just until the center of the cake bounces back to the touch.