Imbolc Honey Cake

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The 2nd February is known by several names, Imbolc, Brigid’s Day, Candlemas Day and in the United States, Groundhog Day. We celebrate Imbolc and a lot of the recipes traditionally include ingredients associated with the sun (such as egg yolk, butter and honey), so a honey cake is the perfect dessert to end our meal


  • Cup of Black Coffee
  • 200g Granulated Sugar
  • 180g Brown Sugar
  • 340g Honey
  • 4 Eggs
  • 125ml Oil, Vegetable or Sunflower work well
  • 1 Teaspoon Lemon Juice
  • 1 Teaspoon Orange Juice
  • 40g Mixed Peel
  • 680g Plain Flour
  • 3 Teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Bicarbonate of Soda
  • 1 Teaspoon Allspice
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Nutmeg


Preheat oven to Gar mark 4, 350F 180C

Place the coffee, honey, brown sugar and granulated sugar into a pan bring to the boil and then allow to cool.

In a separate bowl, combine eggs, oil, orange and lemon juice & mixed peel.

In another bowl combine the flour, baking powder, bicarb soda and spices

Add coffee mixture to egg mixture first and then dry ingredient mixture until all are well blended. You will need a large bowl for this

Pour mixture into a greased & floured 9″ x 12″ pan and bake in an oven for around 70-90 minutes. Check with a skewer to make sure the centre is set

Our cake took 90 minutes but I did reduce the heat to gas mark 2-3 for the final 20 minutes as I didn’t want the top to go any darker. This is a really moist cake, the spice isn’t overpowering and it would stand more if you like a strong taste

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