Friday, September 17, 2004

Honey Cake

Honey Cake is a traditional food for Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year, to bring a "sweet" new year. I wanted to make a vegan honey cake this year, but given that honey isn't technically vegan my "vegan honey cake recipe" google searches didn't get me very far. However, I (and most vegans I know) do eat honey, so here's the recipe I adapted from the non-vegan recipes I found on-line:

5 ts Ener-G egg substitute
1/2 cup water
1 cup sugar (I used Florida Crystals)
1/2 cup canola oil
3/4 cup honey
2 ts baking powder
1 ts baking soda
1 ts cocoa powder
1 ts cinnamon (preferably Ceylon cinnamon)
2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 cup strong coffee, room temperature (I used a decaf Sumatra)
Coconut flakes for garnish (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 350. Grease a bundt pan, or two loaf pans.
2. In a large bowl, beat the Ener-G with the water until slightly frothy.
3. In a separate bowl, sift together all of the dry ingredients except the sugar.
4. Add the sugar, oil, and honey to the Ener-G mix. Mix until well blended.
5. Add the dry ingredients and coffee to the honey mixture in parts, mixing in between.
6. Pour the batter into the baking pan, and bake for approximately 1 hour, until a knife inserted in the cake comes out clean. Allow to cool for about 10 minutes in the pan before turning out, and then garnich with coconut flakes, if desired.


At 10:20 PM, Blogger Katherine said...

but honey isn't vegan!

At 7:08 AM, Anonymous david said...

but honey isn't vegan....

i was thinking the same thing

At 1:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not vegan, but I am allergic to honey. You can use agave nectar (vegan and usually organic) anywhere you use honey, in equal amounts. I get mine at a natural foods store but its also available online

At 12:10 PM, Blogger Emily said...

I'm looking for a good, hopefully vegan honey cake recipe for the natural foods store where I bake. Can I get some feedback on this one? Is it good? Has anyone made it with agave or maple syrup?

At 9:20 PM, Anonymous Amy said...

Okay. I just tried this for Rosh Hashanna and was excited to finally use the Ener-G egg replacer that's been sitting in my cupboard for months without purpose since messing up my pancake plans. I filled three and a half mini-loaf pans, and so far it seems that the half loaf and one of its full loaf friends took about half an hour to bake while the other two seemed to take 40 minutes. (They shared the oven with a vegan raisin challah.) The coffee came across quite strong, and I only used 3/4 cup. Also the Ener-g produced its requisite toughness, but not as bad as in my ill-fated, infamous pancakes. Thanks for posting this recipe! If I find ways to tweak it so that it can lack eggs and Ener-G, I promise I'll post. It really is hard to find a good vegan* honey cake.

*Health vegan as opposed to ethics vegan, though I think each has elements of the other. Are honeybees genetically altered in non-commercial hives?

At 10:32 PM, Blogger Emily said...

Good advice here. Maybe flax eggs (1/3 c flax meal mixed with 1 c water until gooey) would be a better egg replacer than Ener-G. I think 1T of flax eggs equals one egg. Plus you get the added benefits of flax!
I am a "health vegan" and so I am willing to use honey from local, organic suppliers.
I'll give this a shot next Rosh Hashanah and report back! Until then, shanah tovah umetukah!

At 1:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

you and most the "vegans" you know aren't vegan.
Honey isn't vegan - it is an animal product. If you eat it, you're not vegan.
It's just like all the people who call themselves vegetarians but who eat fish.

At 8:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

HONEY COMES FROM FLOWERS!!, the bees make it, but IT is made from flowers, it is like saying a salad is not vegan, because a man/woman made it.

At 4:09 AM, Blogger Emily said...

Oh the labels! Forget not eating cheese and meat and butter, we'll give ourself stress-related heart attacks by attacking each other.
Shanah tovah umetukah - to a sweet and happy new year, again!

At 10:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Try organic brown rice syrup-not as sweet but nice.

At 7:59 PM, Anonymous Laura said...

I actually have a vegan "honey" cake for Rosh Hashana. Instead of using honey, you substitute caramelized sugar. With chai tea and some extra spices, it really tastes just like honey cake. I made it with applesauce and sliced apples, so it is also a caramel apple spice cake. But, one taste and you will think: honey cake!

At 9:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just made this cake and it was unbelievable. I used light agave instead of honey and Bob's Red Mill Egg Replacer instead of the Energee brand I always use. It came out moist and exactly like my grandma's honey cake. Thanks for this amazing recipe!

At 10:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just made this dessert. I couldn't get the egg substitute so I used two mashed bananas instead. (I got this idea from another recipe.) It was delicious-very moist and full of flavor. Watch the baking time carefully.

At 11:40 AM, Anonymous Tania said...

I think my original recipe was over-leavened. I just made it with 1.5 teaspoons of baking powder and .5 teaspoons of baking soda and it came out great. I used 2 loaf pans and baked for 45-50 minutes.

At 9:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I made this last year, desperate to find a honey cake recipe for my milk/egg/soy/nut allergic son to take to school so he could celebrate the holiday with his friends. Holy moley I will be making this again and again. I have never been a big fan of honey cake but this is amazing. The coffee balances the sweetness of the honey perfectly and it is somehow (by magic I presume) way less dense than typical honey cakes. My husband has talked about it all year and I'll be making it again today for sure.


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