Friday, February 11, 2011


Honeycake is one of Don's favorite things. When he was growing up, his parents often had it at their home. The company where they bought it, The Holland Honeycake Co. in Grand Rapids, Michigan, went out of business about ten years ago. They have since tried honeycake from another company, but sadly the report is that it wasn't as good as the old Holland Honeycake.

So, I got this idea of doing it ourselves... Thanks to the internet, I compiled a bunch of recipes and tested them out on Don and the kids. I think we have one that is pretty close - even grandma and grandpa agree.

Honey and rye are the main ingredients in honeycake.  Interestingly, the recipes I found for Dutch honeycake (honingkoek) which called for rye were Jewish, except for the French pain d'├ępices  (spice bread) from Alsace, and it may too be of Jewish ancestry.

Dutch Honeycake

2 C rye flour
½ C sugar
½ tsp. baking soda
2 t baking powder
1 t. cinnamon
½ t cloves  -  optional**
½ t. allspice
1/3 C honey
¾ C water
1/2 C raisins and chopped dates - optional
1/2 C chocolate chips - optional

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Oil loaf pan and measuring cup.

Mix honey, water and sugar in mixer. Mix dry ingredients in a bowl and gradually add to the mixer. Bake in water bath for an hour. 

I tripled this recipe, it's just about the same amount of work to do so.  Honeycake keeps well in the freezer.

** Don says that this recipe with the cloves tastes like the Spice Honeycake variety.

Don't forget to spray or coat your measuring cup with oil, the honey will flow out quickly without sticking to the sides of the cup.

Once you have your ingredients measured, it's just a matter of minutes before you are done.

Boil water on stove, enough to use for the water bath. The level should rise about halfway up the sides of the loaf pan.

After an hour, test for doneness.  Do not remove the honeycake from the oven until you know it is done.  It's been known to cave in a bit in the middle otherwise.  When done, allow to rest for five minutes, then unmold unto a wire rack, allow to cool (if you can), and enjoy!

I am happy to be linking with Verde Farm's new linky party - Farm Friend Friday.


HollyC said...

Good Morning, Mary! This looks so delicious! I love to find things like this that I believe my family will love. Thanks for sharing and I hope you have a great weekend.

Mary said...

Hi, Holly! I hope they do. :)


Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

Mmmm, this sounds like a delicious and healthy dessert! Thanks for sharing! Have a great day!

Buttons said...

Oh Thank you my husband's family are Dutch and we love honey cake. I have bookmarked you. Farm friend Friday sure is nice and you never know what you will find.

Michelle - Blessed Mom of 4 said...

That sounds delicious! I will have to try it soon!

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

Honey is so delicious and good for you. I love this recipe. Very straight forward and will be going in my to make file.

Kelsie From Our Country Home said...

Hi Mary,
Thank you for stopping by and checking out my blog...I hope it will not belong before you see some buds starting to form on your wisteria too.

My pear tree's are also teasing me blooms but lots of buds.

The honey cake looks very yummy btw.

Blessings Kelsie

The Whimsical Gardener said...

Sounds wonderful Mary! Your blog is always so inspirational that I'd like to nominate it for the stylish blogger award. If you'd like to accept just pop over and you'll see how to accept your award. If you're not inclined to accept, no worries, just wanted you to know how much I enjoy your blog.

Verde Farm said...

Mary, this sounds wonderful. I’ve never had honey cake but I know my husband would fall over for this. Thanks so much for sharing and linking up with FF Friday:)

La Petite Gallery said...

Mary, first visit. I like your post. I wondered where to buy Rye?
No one sells it in Maine, not super markets. Looks great, can almost smell it,

Steve, Holly and Emma said...

I was so excited to find his recipe. I went to college in Holland. Mi. And fell in love with Holland Honey cake. I have been asking about it and looking for it for years. NowI know why I haven't been successful! I will try your recipe today and share the honey cake experience with my family!
Thank you for your recipe!

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