Apple-and-honey cake

Apple-and-honey cake

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  • 8
  • Easy
  • 40 minutes
  • 35 minutes

During Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year), it is customary to serve apple slices dipped in honey – a symbol of the sweetness wished for in the year to come. Cakes are baked sweetened with honey. This one also uses apples.


  • 125 g unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 115 g caster sugar
  • 3 extra-large free-range eggs
  • 1/2 t vanilla
  • 120 g cake flour
  • 2 t baking powder
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 2 T milk
  • 4 - 6 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and cut into wedges
  • For the syrup:
  • 50 g unsalted butter
  • 4 T honey

Cooking Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC. Cream the butter with the sugar until very light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the vanilla.
2. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt together, twice. Fold into the egg mixture. Stir in the milk, adding a little more if the mixture seems too stiff.
3. Turn into a greased 20 x 30 cm baking dish. Arrange the apple wedges in neat rows on top of the batter.
4. Bake for 30–35 minutes, or until a tester comes out clean. To make the syrup, melt the butter with the honey. Prick the cake all over and pour the hot syrup over the hot cake.

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Photography: Jan Ras
Production: Abigail Donnelly
Food assistant: Bianca Strydom

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Regular TASTE contributor Phillippa is a well-known South African author and food writer, and has won many awards, both for her magazine features and her cookbooks.

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    Lois Carol Wessels
    September 6, 2021

    Will definitely try this recipe – sound delicious – thank you