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“Middle Eastern” Honey Cake

This recipe was from a paper in Monterey, California, and was called Middle Eastern Honey Cake. I have never seen it in any country I have lived in or been to in the Middle East, and none of my friends in the Middle East have ever had anything like it. . . I almost wonder if it is East European?

But it is a treasure, because it is fast, and easy, and totally DELICIOUS!

(This recipe, the icing is more honey colored)

“Middle Eastern” Honey Cake

3/4 cups sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup honey
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups unsifted flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk

1. Combine sugar, oil, honey, eggs and vanilla. Mix until well blended. Add combined dry ingredients to oil mixture, alternately with milk, mixing well after each addition.

2. Pour batter into greased floured 9” square pan. Bake at 350 degrees 40 – 45 minutes or until wooden pick comes out clean. Cool. Frost with Honey Cream Cheese Frosting

Honey Cream Cheese Frosting
2 Tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
1 8 oz package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup powdered sugar
4 Tablespoons honey
sprinkle salt

Blend well.

How can anything so simple be so good? I usually double the recipe and freeze one to pull out when unexpected guests show up. Sometimes I use that black honey that comes from Egypt, and if I can get it, I use Yemeni honey.

September 18, 2007 - Posted by | Cooking, Middle East, Recipes


  1. Oh God bless you! This picture made my day! 🙂

    Comment by chikapappi | September 18, 2007 | Reply

  2. It’s the EASINESS I like, Chikappi, as well as the fact that it is unusual, sweet, and delicious!

    Comment by intlxpatr | September 18, 2007 | Reply

  3. Looks delicious.

    Comment by jewaira | September 19, 2007 | Reply

  4. It is! I’ll bring some by after Iftar, Lady J! 😉

    Comment by intlxpatr | September 19, 2007 | Reply

  5. The only Middle Eastern honey cake I know is made for the Jewish new year: I worked in a bakery during my senior year in college and we sold lots of honey cakes just before Rosh Hashanah. Is it (like hummus, falafel etc.) originally Arab?

    Comment by adiamondinsunlight | September 19, 2007 | Reply

  6. This recipe sounds great, my fiancee is Lebanese, & I learned to make a cake called “Namoura” which also has honey in the syrup that you make to put on top of the finished cake, it’s delicious, look it up, & try it! It’s great!
    Thanks so much for the recipe I will try it.

    Comment by Laurie | January 25, 2009 | Reply

  7. Laurie, there is another one you might like – Date Pecan Pie. Dates and pecans are an unbeatable combination in this part of the world.

    Comment by intlxpatr | January 25, 2009 | Reply

  8. How many dose it serve

    Comment by jake | December 12, 2009 | Reply

  9. Jake, it is 9″ square. I would guess it would serve 9 as a single dessert, more if other desserts are also available (what size you cut the pieces makes all the difference)

    Comment by intlxpatr | December 12, 2009 | Reply

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