Donna Hay honey cake recipe

10 Nov


Sometimes you want an easy-to-throw together cake that isn’t vanilla or chocolate. Sometimes you have a pantry full of honey as every time you’re at a fair or farmers market and you see another variety of honey you just can’t help yourself and end up buying yet another jar. Sometimes you just want to watch the hypnotic sensation of honey oozing from a spoon and falling lushly into a bowl of cake batter. Or maybe that’s just me. IMG_0170

Either way, this cake is your go to. There is no cake you can buy or make from a packet that tastes like this, with its golden sunshiny taste of honey. Bees, huh? Just amazing.


1¾ cups self-raising flour, sifted

¾ cup caster sugar

½ cup honey

155g butter, melted

3 eggs, lightly beaten

¾ cup Greek yogurt



Preheat oven to 180C and thoroughly grease a 25cm ring pan – make sure you pay special attention to the inner ring so the cake won’t stick.

Whisk the flour and sugar together with a fork in a bowl and set aside.

In bowl of electric mixer beat butter, honey, eggs and yogurt until light and combined. Fold in flour/sugar mix and use a silver spoon to stir until just combined.

Scrape into prepared pan and bake for 26-30 minutes / until a skewer comes out clean.

Set aside for 10 minutes before turning on to a cooling rack.



57 Responses to “Donna Hay honey cake recipe”

  1. moniquetheurbanmum November 10, 2014 at 2:12 am #

    Perfect post! I have a lovely Honey Cake I make from an old recipe of my Mother in Law’s, however as it is for one of our Jewish Festivals it is quite heavy and rich. Your recipe is wonderful and will take to the bench for afternoon tea today…x

    • thehungrymum July 2, 2015 at 2:44 am #

      Thanks so much! Honey has such mystical properties. I love baking with it, or just eating it on toast 😉

  2. Julie @ meybestandi November 10, 2014 at 2:24 am #

    YUM! I’d say the Greek yogurt makes it really moist and I just love honey! Honey anything!

  3. cheergerm November 10, 2014 at 2:55 am #

    Oh yeah, honey cake. Love bees, love honey and this is now on my every increasing, out of control list of things to make.

    • thehungrymum November 10, 2014 at 8:36 am #

      I too have an outta control ‘to bake’ list. So much baking to do, so little time etc

  4. Liz November 10, 2014 at 3:06 am #

    I’m like you with an overabundance of honey. Latest find is a Turkish Rose honey from Trader Joe’s. Certainly don’t need anymore, but never think twice about buying another variety if it looks intriguing. What fun to have a honey cake recipe–thanks!

  5. nepaliaustralian November 10, 2014 at 3:17 am #

    I was listening to her about her new cook book on radio this morning. Very talented cook and yummy recipes 🙂

    • thehungrymum November 10, 2014 at 3:23 am #

      I am a mega fan – I love everything she does! I have her new book and highly recommend it 🙂

  6. Shamim November 10, 2014 at 4:09 am #

    Love Honey! We put it on everything. Will have to try adding it to cakes now too. Starting with this recipe… 🙂

    • thehungrymum November 10, 2014 at 9:44 am #

      Honey is just amazing, isn’t it? I love the fact it never goes off so you can keep it literally forever.

  7. Heidie Makes November 10, 2014 at 5:52 am #

    This recipe looks yummy, thanks for sharing!

  8. Margot @ Gather and Graze November 10, 2014 at 8:32 am #

    Right… I’m going to make this tomorrow! Sounds totally fabulous! 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing HM!

    • thehungrymum November 10, 2014 at 9:51 am #

      Woo hoo! Great news – please make sure you let me know what you think of it 🙂

      • Margot @ Gather and Graze November 11, 2014 at 5:35 am #

        It’s really lovely HM! Such a moist and beautifully flavoured, tender cake! My ring pan is quite a shallow one (thinking I might need to invest in a larger, prettier one…), so I made half a dozen cupcakes as well with the leftover mixture. All of the cupcakes have disappeared already and I’m sure we’ll make a good dent in the cake after dinner tonight! Thanks again for sharing this recipe. 🙂

  9. Sara | Belly Rumbles (@bellyrumbles) November 10, 2014 at 10:32 am #

    Love a good honey cake, nom!

  10. Stephanie November 10, 2014 at 10:51 am #

    I love honey and yoghurt together! The cake looks great and so easy to make! Thanks for sharing.

    • thehungrymum November 13, 2014 at 4:59 am #

      Cheers Stephanie – it is super dooper simple & tastes amazing.

  11. lemongrovecakediaries November 10, 2014 at 11:04 am #

    I love Donna Hay recipes I am definitely going to try this one.

    • thehungrymum November 13, 2014 at 5:00 am #

      YOu & me both – she is always my ‘go to’ when searching for something new to cook.

  12. Deblet November 10, 2014 at 6:31 pm #

    Looks and sounds delicious

  13. chefceaser November 10, 2014 at 7:35 pm #

    Reblogged this on Chef Ceaser.

  14. Choc Chip Uru November 11, 2014 at 6:23 am #

    A good honey cake is definitely the way to go, this is so fluffy I could sleep on it (then I could finally eat my pillow!)

    Choc Chip Uru

    • thehungrymum November 11, 2014 at 9:50 am #

      Might be a sticky pillow but yes – you could totally eat it 🙂

  15. Helen | Grab Your Fork November 11, 2014 at 3:24 pm #

    Such a gorgeous looking cake! And I agree – I always have way too much honey in my pantry but I still keeping buying the stuff!

    • thehungrymum November 13, 2014 at 5:03 am #

      It is so hard to resist all that amazing honey in the cute little jars. Luckily Miss-just-7 is a honey fiend so I can justify my continued purchasing 🙂

  16. Cass @foodmyfriend November 11, 2014 at 10:16 pm #

    That cake stand is the cutest! I love the look of this cake. Looks like one my Mum used to make when we were kids ❤

    • thehungrymum November 13, 2014 at 5:02 am #

      Cheers Cass. I love that cake has so many positive memories of childhood.

  17. Traditionally Modern Food November 12, 2014 at 12:10 am #

    Honey cake oh my goodness:-)

    • thehungrymum November 13, 2014 at 5:02 am #

      Indeed 🙂 Hope you get a chance to make it.

  18. Jem @ Lost in Utensils November 12, 2014 at 8:55 am #

    Yes! We are on the same page with honey collections lol. Plus I’ll be harvesting honey from my bee hive shortly. The perfect cake for me. Also I bake with Greek yogurt quite a bit as well, gives such a lovely texture to cakes.

    • thehungrymum May 11, 2015 at 7:49 am #

      oooh, you’ve got a hive? How exciting! Bet home-harvested honey is unlike anything else.

  19. lost in utensils November 12, 2014 at 9:02 am #

    Yes! I also tend to collect honey lol. I’m also about to harvest honey from my bee hive shortly. This cake is for me! I also bake with Greek yogurt quite a bit, gives such a lovely texture to cakes.

    • thehungrymum November 12, 2014 at 9:45 am #

      you have a hive?! Wow, how very cool. I am envious. And yay for Greek yogurt! We buy it by the 5kg tub and it go through it in the blink of an eye.

  20. Gingerbread Jenn November 12, 2014 at 9:30 am #

    I can just imagine how lush this tastes. Wonderful recipe 🙂

  21. Frugal Hausfrau November 12, 2014 at 10:29 am #

    Looks so good! I love your cake keeper!

    • thehungrymum November 13, 2014 at 5:01 am #

      Thanks! It was an engagement gift and it has certainly been used many times.

  22. girl in a food frenzy November 13, 2014 at 11:02 am #

    I suspect you’re not the only one who craves the sweet taste & drizzle of honey with/in/on tea cake! Craving now!

    Big yum 🙂

    • thehungrymum November 14, 2014 at 11:28 am #

      I reckon it would quite easily win a popularity contest 🙂

  23. nancyc November 16, 2014 at 11:46 pm #

    This cake sounds so good–I love that it has honey and yogurt in it!

    • thehungrymum November 17, 2014 at 3:10 am #

      two of the best things, in my opinion 🙂

  24. Tandy | Lavender and Lime November 17, 2014 at 8:55 am #

    This is such good timing, I have just bought over 2 kilograms of honey 🙂

  25. chewtown November 17, 2014 at 11:24 am #

    I really do love cake with yoghurt, always so moist!

  26. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella November 18, 2014 at 11:22 am #

    Honey in baked goods is one of my favourite ever baking smells!

  27. Sophie33 November 24, 2014 at 9:20 am #

    I also am a big fan of Donna Hay! Her recipes rock my taste buds! Ooh yes! this wonderful cale looks freaking delicious too! 🙂

    • thehungrymum November 24, 2014 at 9:27 am #

      Yay Sophie! Glad to see we are like-minded on our Donna Hay appreciation 🙂

      • Sophie33 November 24, 2014 at 9:27 am #

        🙂 x

  28. Hashtag I eat OUT CY (#IeatoutCY) November 29, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    will try the for sure:)


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