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Walnut Honey Cake


The honey glaze ensures that this cake is extra-moist.

  • Servings: 10

Source: Martha Stewart Living, September 2003


  • 3 ounces walnut halves (about 3/4 cup)
  • Unsalted butter, room temperature, for pan
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for pan
  • 1 cup raw honey, plus 2 to 3 tablespoons more for glaze
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees with rack in center. Spread walnut halves in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Toast in oven until fragrant, tossing occasionally, 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer nuts to a plate; let cool. Pulse nuts in a food processor until finely chopped, about 10 times. Set aside.

  2. Butter and flour an 8 1/2-inch spring-form pan; set aside. In a large bowl, combine honey and applesauce; whisk until honey is mostly dissolved. Add eggs, and whisk until fully combined.

  3. Into a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, salt, and ginger. Stir into honey mixture. Using a rubber spatula, fold in walnuts.

  4. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake cake until golden brown on top and a cake tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 55 minutes.

  5. Transfer pan to a wire rack; let cool until sides of cake begin to pull away from pan, about 15 minutes. Remove cake from pan, and place on a serving plate. While cake is still warm, use an offset spatula to gently spread remaining honey on top as a thin glaze. Serve warm.

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  • Tim Greig
    9 JUN, 2013
    Horrible. Produced a flat,hard cake that was indelible. Unfortunately I had not read the reviews or I would have gone elsewhere.
  • Adele DT
    12 OCT, 2012
    my cake turned out just like MrsPicasso. i think smthg is missing. what a waste of good honey !
  • Ceege
    5 OCT, 2010
    Shouldn't there be baking powder or baking soda in this recipe? What makes the cake rise without either one of those two ingredients?
  • MrsPicasso
    24 FEB, 2010
    I followed all the instructions and my cake looked nothing like that picture! It was not even an inch high. The taste was ok, but the texture inedible. It ended up in the garbage.