Walnut Honey Cake

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling


15 servings

Updated: Aug. 13, 2023
This light and fluffy marvel all but melts in your mouth. Back in the day, it took effort for my grandmother's kitchen helper to make it, but it's a breeze now that we have stand mixers. —Lily Julow, Lawrenceville, Georgia


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup honey
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange zest
  • 1 cup orange juice (with pulp)
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts, divided
  • Confectioners' sugar, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line the bottom of a 13x9-in. baking pan with parchment; grease paper.
  2. Beat sugar and eggs for 10 minutes. Gradually add oil; beat 1 minute. Gradually add honey, and beat 1 minute longer. Add orange zest and orange juice; beat 1 minute more.
  3. In another bowl, sift flour with next 5 ingredients. On low speed, beat dry ingredients with egg mixture until combined. Increase speed to medium; beat until well mixed. Fold in half of the walnuts.
  4. Pour batter into prepared pan; sprinkle with remaining walnuts. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 30-35 minutes. Cool; if desired, lightly dust with confectioners' sugar. Cut into squares.

Test Kitchen tips:
  • Have cake for breakfast! This cake is well-matched with coffee.
  • Simple and homey, this cake doesn't need a frosting. A dusting of confectioners' sugar does the trick.
  • Nutrition Facts

    1 piece: 342 calories, 13g fat (1g saturated fat), 50mg cholesterol, 237mg sodium, 54g carbohydrate (34g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.