Spiced honey cake, gluten free.

I’m always on the look out for a tasty recipe that my husband can eat as well. Even though this wasn’t originally designed to be gluten free, I made it this morning by substituting the regular flour out and replacing it with a commercial brand of gluten free plain flour and it turned out just perfect πŸ˜‹

It is from the latest issue of delicious.uk I think and I thought I’d give it a go. 

Spiced Honey cake.


200g unsalted butter

100g light brown (muscovado) sugar

100g golden caster sugar

175g clear honey

2 medium eggs, beaten

260ml milk (I used buttermilk)

325g plain GF flour

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

1 tsp baking powder

3/4 tsp each of ground ginger, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg

1/2 tsp ground cloves

1/2 tsp caraway seeds

50g candied mixed and chopped peel

Finely grated zest of 1 lemon and 1 orange (optional) I didn’t  use it.

Preheat the oven to 150 C/fan forced 130-140 C and lightly butter and line a loaf tin (22cm x 12cm x 7cm)

Put the butter, sugars and honey in a pan and stir over a low heat until melted. Leave to cool slightly, then stir in the beaten eggs and milk. I used a Pyrex jug in my microwave on high for 2 minutes which worked just as well. Give it a good stir.


Sift together the flour and salt, bicarbonate of soda, baking powder and all the spices. Add the  caraway seeds and candied peel and make a well in the centre.

Add the butter mixture and beat until smooth. You can add the zest of the lemon and orange here if using.

Pour the batter into the loaf tin, then bake for 1 1/4 hours or until firm to the touch and a skewer pushed into the centre comes out clean. Cool in the tin for 10 minutes then turn onto a rack to cool completely.

This recipe comes with a honey glaze topping which I haven’t used but the recipe follows.

Honey glaze.

1 tbsp clear honey

1 tbsp milk

60g icing sugar

Warm the honey in a small pan. Mix in the milk and icing sugar until smooth. Brush over the cake, then leave to cool completely.

It is really delicious and I believe it would also be nice served with butter as well. 

Bon appetit! 

14 thoughts on “Spiced honey cake, gluten free.

  1. I am going to make this today…in fact now, with normal all-purpose flour. Will keep you posted as soon as I’m done. It looks too good to be true.

    1. I made this cake over the weekend. It tasted fabulous. I had some guests so I served it for tea. Everyone enjoyed it. Thanks for the recipe!

  2. I love the gratuitous butter shot ;). That cake looks seriously scrumptious, moist and something that wouldn’t stay on my counter for long. Steve doesn’t like honey much (go figure) so I probably won’t make it BUT I am pinning this recipe because that cake looks seriously amazing πŸ™‚

    1. You really can’t taste the honey over the spices Fronkiii πŸ˜ƒ. It tastes like a cakey gingerbread and I think the honey will just allow it to retain moistness. I can’t believe how well it turned out using gluten free flour mix.

      1. I am just about to try making a reduced apple juice syrup that can be substituted for honey. As you say, the fussy bugger probably wouldn’t know there was honey in this. He said “I don’t eat garlic” when he first arrived and he certainly does now! πŸ˜‰

    1. It did Bernice. I’m currently making a gluten free version of Parkin which is a type of northern England gingerbread usually made with rolled oats but I’m using Quinoa flakes instead. I’ll post once it’s baked.

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