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Absolutely Perfect Honey Pound Cake

Honey Pound Cake is a variation of my favorite all-butter pound cake. I spent months testing cake batter mixing methods and ingredients to achieve Pound Cake Perfection. Then I set out to make a moist honey cake recipe with a perfect pound cake texture.

two slices of Honey pound cake on a plate

Honey pound cake has a beautiful tawny color and caramel flavor

If you’ve read through my “Cake Batter Course” you know that it took lots of work and testing to come up with a really great pound cake recipe. If you’re interested, over 7 classes (blog posts) you can learn all about the ingredients and mixing methods for cake batter.

It’s pretty detailed stuff, but what you learn about baking can be applied to all your recipes, not just cake batter. And it’s free here on Baking Sense.

This variation of my perfected pound cake recipe uses honey to replace some of the granulated sugar. While I was baking test cakes for the “sugar” class, I baked a cake using honey instead of sugar. Because I used all honey and no sugar, and didn’t make any other changes to the cake, the cake baked up dense and collapsed a little. It looks pretty awful, doesn’t it?

a Pound cake made with too much honey

Pound cake made with only honey has great flavor but excess moisture caused the structure to collapse.

That test cake was certainly not perfect, but I loved the flavor of the cake. I knew I wanted to create a moist honey cake recipe once I perfected the basic recipe. So here it is, and it is delicious, if I do say so myself!

How I created a great Honey Pound Cake recipe:

I’ll give you a quick overview of the changes that I made to the basic recipe so that I could add the honey without the cake collapsing. If you want more detailed information you can read through the cake batter classes.

In a nutshell, adding extra egg yolks and using chlorinated cake flour enabled me to add more liquid to the batter. In the cake that collapsed I used only honey. For this recipe I used both honey and granulated sugar so the sugar could take up some of the extra liquid from the honey.

a sliced honey pound cake on a wooden cake plate

The cake doesn’t need any icing or other embellishments other than a pretty sprinkle of powdered sugar. I baked it in a loaf pan, but it would also bake nicely in a Bundt pan.

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honey pound cake

Honey Pound Cake

Yield: 12 slices
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

I spent months testing cake batter mixing methods and ingredients to achieve Pound Cake Perfection. This Honey Pound Cake is a variation of my favorite all-butter cake.

Ingredients

  • 3 large eggs plus 4 yolks, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (6 oz, 168g) honey
  • 1 ¾ cups (8 oz, 224g) cake flour
  • ¼ teaspoon table salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup (4 oz, 112g) granulated sugar
  • 2 sticks plus 2 tablespoons (9 oz, 252g) unsalted butter, room temp

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Butter and flour a 9"x5" loaf pan or 12 cup Bundt pan.
  2. Combine the eggs, yolks, vanilla and honey in a small bowl, whisk to combine and set aside.
  3. Sift together the flour, salt and baking powder in a mixing bowl. Add the sugar to the flour and mix at low speed for 30 seconds. Add the butter to the flour and mix until combined. Increase the speed to medium high and mix for a full 2-3 minutes. The batter will lighten in color and texture. If using a hand mixer add another minute to the mixing time.
  4. Scrape the bowl and beater thoroughly. On low speed, add the eggs in 3 increments, scraping the bowl after each addition. Mix just until the eggs are incorporated.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
  6. Bake at 350°F until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean (about 55 minutes).

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Bridget

Wednesday 1st of December 2021

Thanks so much for this recipe. I've been searching for honey base cake recipe for a client if mine that has intolerance to granulated sugar. I will definitely try this with exception of sugar. Hope it turns out well

Olawale Taiwo

Sunday 20th of June 2021

Hello,

I will like to adopt your recipe, but I'm afraid I will be waiting egg whites, since I'm doubling the recipe on a large scale.

The recipe calls for 4 yolks... which means there will be be 4 egg whites left...

Since 2 eggwhites equals 1 large egg. Can I replace the 4 yolks in the recipe for 2 large eggs ...

So that the total eggs called for in the recipe will be 5.

I know the formula was scientific balanced.

I was just thinking maybe using all whole eggs to avoid wastage will work out.

Thanks for your prompt reply

Eileen Gray

Sunday 20th of June 2021

If you read through this post about eggs in cake batter you can get a lot of information about substituting eggs/whites/yolks. You could use 2 eggs instead of 4 yolks, but the texture of the cake won't be as fine and velvety. Also, you can freeze the left over egg whites and use them later. Here's a list of recipes that use extra egg whites.

Tina

Sunday 20th of December 2020

Eileen, What is the purpose of the granulated sugar in this recipe? I Love the Honey creation- I was trying to come up with one I can share with Non-Granulated sugar people for the holiday. But without understanding the purpose of the sugar, I thought I better check. I was considering birch tree xylitol - but again, without knowing any work the sugar is doing, I wasn't sure if I should risk it. I don't use any nutrasweet or splenda, or any erythritol products. Stevia is bitter. Not sure about monkfruit sugar- never tried it. I'm open to ideas if I am avoiding granulated sugar. Thanks for your hard work here! This is fantastic!

Eileen Gray

Sunday 20th of December 2020

Did you read through the post or just the recipe? I explain a little in the body of the post why I use a mixture of sugar and honey instead of just honey. There's more information in this post about sugar in cake batter. To make a cake with just honey more adjustments would be needed for the recipe to bake up properly. That would require some recipe testing so I couldn't say off the bat.

Claudia

Friday 24th of July 2020

If baking in a bundt pan how long would it need to be baked?

Eileen Gray

Friday 24th of July 2020

I can't say exactly, but it will bake quite a bit faster since there is more surface area. I would start checking at about 20-25 minutes and take it out of the oven when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Deb

Saturday 14th of March 2020

Could this cake be baked in round pans? I have a client who wants a honey flavored cake as one tier of her Winnie The Pooh themed cake.

Eileen Gray

Saturday 14th of March 2020

I haven't done it specifically, but I think it could probably be baked in an 8" round.

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