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Walnut Honey Cake

Total Time

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


15 servings

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
Walnut Honey Cake Recipe photo by Taste of Home
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  • 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.

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