Litha Honey and Spice Cake

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Litha is the pagan name for the summer solstice festival, like Yule is the winter solstice, but for whatever reason Christian’s and Catholics didn’t really claim this one, their loss though because its basically a big ol’ bbq. This cake reminds me a lot of a carrot cake, but without the carroty taste. Very moist, very rustic, very nice. Also doesn’t require much preparation and is done pretty quick, I like how it has no nuts in, too. Im not a fan of nuts in cakes, maybe its the weird texture shift, i don’t know. What I do know is that this cake will definitely be the cake we make on Litha.

Litha Honey and Spice Cake

You’ll need:

  • 150g Unsalted butter, very soft, not melted, but very soft.
  • 150g Light brown sugar
  • 70ml Honey
  • 2 Eggs
  • 185ml Milk
  • 3tbsp Candied orange peel
  • 250g Self raising flour
  • 1 tsp Mixed spice
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 0.5tsp Nutmeg
  • 2 Normal eating apples, peeled, cored, and sliced thinly


  1. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth, then beat in the honey. Beat in 1 egg at a time until both are fully incorporated into the mixture.
  2. Slowly pour in the milk, beating constantly, until fully mixed in. Then add the peel and give it a quick mix.
  3. Tip the flour and spices into the wet mixture and mix well, until just combined with no flour lumps. Preheat oven to gas mark 4/180*C/350*F, line a decently large and deep cake tin with grease proof paper.
  4. Pour the cake batter into the tin and smooth the top, arrange the apple slices however you want, bake for about an hour until a skewer comes out clean. Done.
Litha Honey and Spice Cake

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