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This moist decadent gluten free honey cake recipe is going to become your new favorite. I am so excited to share this recipe with you. This cake is perfect for Rosh Hashanah, Tu B’Shevat, or ANYTIME!

A sliced honey cake loaf on a cutting board.

Get ready for Rosh Hashanah with this delicious moist gluten free honey cake recipe. Honey is a large part of the Rosh Hashanah celebration. If you don’t celebrate this holiday, don’t let that stop you from trying this sweet new cake recipe!

For this recipe inspiration, I wanted to adapt a recipe from one of the masters of Jewish baking, Smitten Kitchen. (She adapted this recipe from another baker, but I like how she changed it up.) I used her majestic honey cake recipe and tweaked some quantities, and changed a couple of ingredients to make it the best gluten free honey cake ever!

This homemade honey cake recipe mixes together quickly and makes two loaves, one bundt cake, or one loaf and several mini bundt cakes.

If you love cake as much as we do, this delicious gluten free peach cake is another delicious cake recipe to try!

Why This Cake is Great:

This simple cake is infused with sweet honey flavors. It is one of the best cakes I have made in a long time. When you look at the ingredients, seeing how it all comes together can be hard. Somehow, the flavors blend nicely, and it will only take one bite for you to be hooked.

Note the original recipe called for whiskey, which I decided to omit since there is controversy about how much the alcohol burns off during baking.

I made this as a bundt cake and it was soooooo good!! So moist!!! I love having people try my baked goodies and be shocked they are gluten free!! Thank you for another great recipe!”

Chris S.

If you love cake as much as we do, you will want to check out all of my yummy Gluten Free Cake Recipes!

A row of small honey cakes dusted with powdered sugar.

This gluten-free honey cake recipe for Rosh Hashanah can make one loaf and four mini cakes or two loaves. These little mini bundt cake pans make these little honey cakes so cute!

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Ingredient Notes:

Photos of the honey cake ingredients.
  • Gluten free flour blend – I have tested this recipe with King Arthur Measure for Measure GF and Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 GF blend. That doesn’t mean others will not work. I just have not tested other flours.
  • Baking Powder – Use aluminum-free.
  • Xanthan gum – If your gluten free flour blend doesn’t contain Xanthan Gum or Guar Gum, please add 1 teaspoon.
  • Coffee – Use regular or decaf.
  • Butter – You can substitute more light oil for the butter if you are dairy-free.
  • Eggs – Size large eggs.
  • Oil – Any unflavored light oil will work.
  • Pure vanilla extract – I do not recommend imitation vanilla.
  • Honey – You do not have to use expensive local honey to make this recipe. Any pure, inexpensive honey is fine.

Tools Needed:

If you are new to cake baking, here is a good write-up of my favorite Kitchen Tools For Baking Cakes.

a stack of four slices of honey cake
  1. Mixing Bowls – I love these because they don’t slide around!
  2. Loaf Pan – For a loaf-style cake.
  3. Mini Bundt Pan – For bundt-style mini cakes.

Recipe Step-By-Step Directions:

Honey cake photos of steps 1 and 2.

Step 1: Add the dry ingredients to a large mixing bowl and whisk to blend.

Step 2: In a separate bowl, add the wet ingredients and whisk. Honey can be thick and difficult to mix in, so I recommend melting the butter and then, pouring the honey into that bowl. Whisk them together and pour them into the larger bowl.

Honey cake steps 3 and 4 photos.

Step 3: Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix. Try not to overmix your batter so your cake is lighter and fluffier.

Step 4: I want to talk about the batter because this batter is going to be a lot runnier than my usual gluten free cake batter. The runny consistency is very similar to my gluten free Japanese banana bread recipe.

Honey cakes steps 5 and 6 photos.

Step 5: Pour the batter into a mini bundt cake pan. Fill a little over halfway full.

Step 6: Bake at 350º F for 25 minutes until done.

Honey cake photos of steps 7 and 8.

Step 7: If you are baking in loaf pans, pour the batter into greased bread loaf pans. Fill 3/4 full.

Step 8: To get the top of the cake to be tall and domed, bake at 400º F for 8 minutes, then turn the heat down to 350º F for 40 minutes. The actual bake time will vary depending on the size and depth of your loaf pans.

A slice of gluten free honey cake on a plate.

Optional toppings:

You can enjoy these honey cakes as is or with a topping. I recommend either dusting with powdered sugar or drizzling icing over the top.

You may also love this New York deli-style Gluten Free Crumb Cake recipe.

Expert Tips and Recipe FAQ:

Is there gluten in honey?

If you use pure 100% honey, your honey is gluten free. Always read the ingredients to make sure you buy pure honey without additives.

Can you make this dairy-free?

You can easily make this cake dairy-free by swapping more light cooking oil instead of butter.

What makes this honey cake moist and fluffy?

If you want your cake to be moist and fluffy, I recommend carefully mixing the batter. Overmixing can make the cake turn out denser.

How do you know when the cake is finished baking?

The best way to test for doneness is to insert a toothpick into the middle of the cake. If the toothpick comes out clean, your cake is finished baking. If you see crumbs or batter, you will want to bake the cake longer.

How long will this cake keep fresh?

This cake will keep fresh for up to 4 days in an air-tight container or up to 4 months in the freezer.

Can you freeze these honey cakes?

You can easily freeze this honey cake. Wrap the cooled cake in plastic wrap. Place it into a large freezer bag and seal the bag.

If you are an avid cake baker, check out this Gluten Free Cake Troubleshooting Guide. If you love honey as much as I do, give this easy honey sesame candy recipe a try, too!

More Gluten Free Cake Recipes:

A stack of four slices of honey cake.

You can also check out all of my homemade gluten free cake recipes because I have so many delicious recipes for you!

a sliced honey cake loaf on a cutting board

Gluten Free Honey Cake

Sandi Gaertner
A moist and delicious gluten free honey cake recipe that is perfect every time!
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5 from 38 votes
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Course Gluten Free Cake Recipes, Gluten Free Dessert Recipes
Cuisine Jewish
Servings 16 slices
Calories 341 kcal

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Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 3 cups gluten free flour blend * see note
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup honey * see note
  • ½ cup light oil * see note
  • ½ cup butter, melted * see note
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup coffee * see note
  • cup orange juice

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350º F. If you want your cake to have a dome top, preheat the oven to 400º F.
  • In a large bowl, add the dry ingredients and whisk to blend.
  • In a separate bowl, add the wet ingredients and mix. Because the honey can be difficult to blend, I recommend melting the butter and honey in a dish. Mix the honey and melted butter, then add it to the rest of the wet ingredients.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until it is just barely mixed. Over mixing the cake batter will make the cake turn out denser.
  • Grease two loaf pans, a large bundt pan, or mini bundt cake pans. I use spray coconut oil.
  • Fill the loaf pans about 3/4 full. Mini bundt bake pans should be filled half full.
  • If you are making a dome top, cook the loaves for 8 minutes at 400º F then turn the heat down to 350º F. If making a bundt cake, bake at 350º F only.
  • Bake for 40-45 minutes. Bake time is going to vary widely depending on what you bake your cake in.
  • To test for doneness, insert a toothpick into the center of the cake. If the toothpick comes out clean, it is done baking. If you see batter or crumbs, the cake needs to bake longer.

Notes

  1. I have tested this recipe with King Arthur Measure for Measure GF and Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 GF blend. That doesn’t mean others will not work, I just have not tested other flours.
  2. If your gluten free flour blend doesn’t contain Xanthan Gum or Guar Gum, please add 1 teaspoon.
  3. To make this recipe dairy-free, substitute the butter for light oil.
  4. I used regular coffee, you can also use decaf. Another good option is black tea. Smitten Kitchen also said you can use water if you prefer.
  5. These cakes will keep up to 4 days in an air-tight container, or up to 4 months in the freezer.

SPECIAL NOTE

Please know that every gluten free flour blend has a different starch to grain ratio. If you use a blend I didn’t test, you may need to adjust your moisture levels in your baked goods.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 341kcalCarbohydrates: 54gProtein: 4gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 46mgSodium: 171mgPotassium: 87mgFiber: 2gSugar: 38gVitamin A: 232IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 47mgIron: 1mg
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58 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This recipe turned out beautifully! The cake is so moist and flavourful, you can’t even tell it is gluten free.

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