Honey cake is traditionally served on Jewish New Year. It’s made with wheat flour and sweetened with sugar and honey.
I challenged myself to make a Paleo version. It’s not hard to do this. The trick is to replace wheat flour with a one to one ratio of blanched almond flour.
Of course I made other changes to the traditional recipes, like halving the sweetener (honey) and adding apple chunks and apple butter for more moisture and a fun texture. *You can always substitute apple sauce for the apple butter.
Baking apples into the cakes is what took them from good to great. My husband was such a big fan he told me I could sell these!
I also added cardamom because it’s my favorite baking spice but you can leave it out or use cinnamon instead.
I used a mix of cashew, almond and hazelnut flour because I had some on hand but using only almond flour would also work.
It’s easy to experiment with other nut flours even if you can’t find them in stores. Make your own by pulverizing whole raw nuts in a high powered blender or food processor.
The last tip for these honey cakes is cooking time. I decided to make six mini cakes using my hamburger bun/muffin top baking pan. I loved the ideas of serving individual sized cakes.
If you want to make a regular cake or apple honey muffins I adjust the cooking times for each in the recipe instructions below and also tell you how to check to make sure they are done.
No matter which way you bake them, these apple honey cakes are darn good. I loved them with a cup of tea for breakfast or with a smear of coconut cream on top for dessert.
All right, enough talking, let’s start baking.
1 cup of cashew flour
1/4 cup of almond flour
1/4 cup of hazel nut flour
1/2 cup of honey
1 Tablespoon of lemon juice
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1 cup of apple sauce or apple butter
1 Teaspoon of coconut flour
1 to 2 apples, cored and cubed
optional: 1 teaspoon of cardamom
Preheat oven to 360
Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl. You can use a hand mixer or just a spatula. I used a fork to mix it because I’m fancy like that.
Grease muffin tins, hamburger pan or cake pan with fat of choice and bake at 360. 15 minutes for muffins, 35-40 minutes for a cake and 25-30 minutes for muffin tops.
To test if done: stick a toothpick in the middle and if it comes out clean it’s ready.
- 1 cup of cashew flour
- ¼ cup of almond flour
- ¼ cup of hazel nut flour
- ½ cup of honey
- 1 Tablespoon of lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon of baking soda
- ½ teaspoon of baking powder
- 3 eggs
- ¼ teaspoon of salt
- 1 cup of apple sauce or apple butter
- 1 Teaspoon of coconut flour
- 1 to 2 apples, cored and cubed
- optional: 1 teaspoon of cardamom
- Preheat oven to 360
- Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl. You can use a hand mixer or just a spatula. I used a fork to mix it because I'm fancy like that.
- Grease muffin tins, hamburger pan or cake pan with fat of choice and bake at 360. 15 minutes for muffins, 35-40 minutes for a cake and 25-30 minutes for muffin tops.
- To test if done: stick a toothpick in the middle and if it comes out clean it's ready.
- Let cool and enjoy!