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Spiced Honey Loaf Cake

This old-fashioned spiced honey loaf cake is an incredibly moist and buttery tea cake that offers beautiful warming flavors and a delicate, fluffy texture. Perfect for afternoon tea, as a dessert, or sweet treat.

A spiced honey loaf cake on a wooden board next to a Manuka tree sprig.
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Why you’ll love my honey loaf cake recipe

  • Quick and easy recipe: Fast and simple to prepare.
  • Long shelf-life: Buttery, moist texture makes it last longer.
  • Versatile: Great for breakfast, as a snack time, or dessert.


  • Flour All-purpose flour works well for this recipe. For a more wholesome result use 1/3 wholemeal flour.
  • Butter – Unsalted or salted butter are both suitable but unsalted works best.
  • Brown sugar – Brings sweetness and molasses flavor to the cake.
  • Honey – Gives this cake its signature flavor. Clover and orange blossom are great options for this loaf cake.
  • Eggs – Give body and richness to the recipe. Use eggs at room temperature.
  • Vanilla – Adds extra flavor and depth. Vanilla extract is best but you can also use vanilla essence.
  • Baking powder – To leaven the cake.
  • Milk – I use full-fat cow’s milk but you can substitute it with skinny or plant-based milk too.
  • Icing sugar – Also known as confectioner’s sugar or powdered sugar.
  • Spices – Including cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and nutmeg bring warming flavors to the cake.


Citrus – Add 1 teaspoon of lemon or orange zest to the batter and/or 1/2 teaspoon of lemon or orange zest to the icing for a bright citrus flavor.

Dried fruit – Stir ½ cup of chopped dates into the batter before baking for a bit of texture and delicious date flavor.

Go nuts – Add 1/2 cup of walnut pieces or nut pieces of your liking for some extra texture and a nutty flavor. You can also add 2 tbsp of nut butter for a nutty taste.


How do you store loaf cake?

Place the loaf cake in an airtight container and store it at room temperature for up to 4 days. You can freeze the cake in a freezer-proof container for up to 3 months.

Can I reheat loaf cake?

Yes. You can reheat the cake but you’ll need to remove the icing first. Microwave it for up to 15 seconds and serve with cold icing.

A spiced honey loaf cake on a wooden board. Honey drizzle is added with a honey spoon.

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A spiced honey loaf cake on a wooden board. Honey drizzle is added with a honey spoon.

Spiced Honey Loaf Cake

Caro Jensen
An incredibly moist and buttery spiced honey loaf cake. Perfect for afternoon tea, as a dessert, or sweet treat.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Cake
Cuisine American, British, jewish
Servings 1 loaf cake
Calories 3035 kcal


  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg

Honey Icing

  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp butter softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar


  • Preheat the oven to 350F/180C and line a loaf tin with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, mix the softened butter, sugar, and honey until well combined. Add the egg and milk and mix them in one at a time.
    1/2 cup butter, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/3 cup honey, 1 egg, 1/2 cup milk
  • Add all dry ingredients to a sieve and slowly add them to the wet mixture.
    1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon, 1/4 tsp ground ginger, 1/2 tsp ground cloves, 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • Combine everything well until you have a lump-free cake batter.
  • Pour the batter into the lined loaf tin and bake the honey loaf for 45 minutes or until a knife comes out clean.
  • Let the loaf cool down for 15 minutes and transfer it to a cooling rack.
  • To prepare the icing, combine the softened butter and powdered / icing sugar. Mix them well until you have smooth and lump-free icing.
    1 tbsp honey, 1 tbsp butter, 1 cup powdered sugar
  • Once the honey loaf cake has fully cooled down, add the icing to the top of the loaf with a large spoon or knife. Spread it evenly across the whole cake and add a honey drizzle. Enjoy!


Fully mix the wet ingredients before adding in the dry.
Insert a clean knife into the center of the cake to see if the crumb has set. If the knife comes out clean, it’s done.


Calories: 3035kcalCarbohydrates: 490gProtein: 31gFat: 114gSaturated Fat: 70gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6gMonounsaturated Fat: 29gTrans Fat: 4gCholesterol: 452mgSodium: 1398mgPotassium: 716mgFiber: 6gSugar: 341gVitamin A: 3630IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 586mgIron: 12mg
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