Honey cake


  • 1 cup rich sour cream
  • 1/2 cup raw sugar
  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/3 cup good quality, flavoursome honey


From the 1861 Mrs Beeton classic, Beeton's book of household management, this recipe was still in print in the early 20th-century.  It is essentially, a sweetened soda bread rather than a modern style cake. I serve it with a dollop of thick Greek-style yoghurt.


Preheat the oven to C180°. Grease a 20cm baking tin or line the tin with baking paper.

Beat the sour cream and sugar together, sift the flour and bicarbonate of soda and add to the cream mixture with the honey.

Mix into a dough (it will be quite tacky) until all ingredients are thoroughly blended and the dough is smooth. Shape the dough into a round and place it in the baking tin. Bake for 40-45 minutes of until a skewer comes out clean.

Mrs Beeton says 'let it be eaten warm'.
COOK STIP: warm the honey slightly so it is easier to mix into the other ingredients.

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