Honey Cakes Summer Solstice Recipe

Honey cakes bake up like the summer solstice in a pan.

Golden, sweet and almost glowing, this beautiful, pull-apart honey cake sweetens any Litha or Solstice ritual. 

So tie on an apron and follow the recipe below to make your midsummer magical.

(For other ideas on how to celebrate the summer solstice, check out 10 Ways to Celebrate Litha.)

Traditional honey cakes for pagan litha midsummer summer solstice ritual.

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Why honey cakes?

Across a variety of European and North African cultures, the ancients considered the rare prize of foraged honey a gift from the gods.

In neopagan traditions born out of Western Europe, many practitioners still leave honey cakes in the garden on the night of Midsummer’s Eve to delight the woodland spirits, sometimes called “faeries.”

Serve honey cakes during a summer solstice ritual or leave them on the altar/in the garden as an offering.

With this in mind, I picked up some high-quality honey on my trip to Savannah, Georgia early this year.  I’ve been saving it all this time!

Honey cakes for pagan wiccan Summer Solstice Litha Ritual.

Honey cake recipe for Midsummer's Eve. Perfect way for a kitchen witch to honor the fae!

Pairings

Compliment this honey cake by serving it with fresh fruit and milk.

For the adults and lactose-intolerant, mead (honey wine) also pairs nicely with honey cakes.

Add a bonfire and a few tiki torches, and make this lovely festival meal one to remember.

A few notes:

This post went viral and a lot of my readers shared their experiences, so you get the benefit of their wisdom!

You may end up with a little extra batter.  Subbing out honey for sugar is tricky business, so I concentrated on getting the ratios correct for that and apparently overshot the amount of batter by about 4 cupcakes.

Reduce the ratios as your own risk!  Or just do what one reader did and make some extra cupcakes (perfect for the altar or as an offering).

You Will Need:

-1 honeycomb cake mold

-cookie sheet

-3 cups all-purpose flour

-3/4 tablespoon baking powder

-1/2 teaspoon baking soda

-3/4 cups sugar

-1 teaspoon salt

-1/4 cup honey

-2 sticks butter (softened)

-4 eggs

-1 cup  milk

-1 tablespoon vanilla extract

-oil or cooking spray to grease mold

Step 1

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Lower if your oven runs hot.  Grease your silicone honeycomb cake mold.

Step 2

Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in one bowl.  Set aside.

Step 3

Cream butter and sugar together until fluffy.  Beat in eggs one at a time.  Add honey.  Beat in vanilla.

Step 4

Slowly add flour mixture, alternating with the milk.  Beat until just smooth.

Step 5

Place cake mold on cookie sheet for support during baking.   Pour batter into greased cake mold and put in preheated oven.

Step 6

Watch it!  Honey caramelizes a lot faster than sugar.  Bake until you can plunge a fork into the cake and it comes out clean.

Step 7

Allow to cool for at least 1.5 hours before removing.  Remove carefully from mold by placing another cookie sheet on the “cake side” of the mold and then flipping both cookies over.  Gently pull off the mold and see how you did!!

 

 

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39 Comments

    1. I baked mine for about 30 minutes, but my oven runs HOT so I can never rely on my bake times for other people. I just bake it until a fork comes out clean at a slightly lower temperature than usual because of the honey.

    1. Of course you can use a regular cake pan! Absolutely! The pan is only for presentation and symbolism. If you use a regular cake pan, be sure to grease it well.

  1. So glad the website is back up and I can make this honey cake in time for Litha 🙂 Really enjoy your blog. Thank you!

    1. I’m going to try this in my beehive molds ..thanks for sharing the details and tips about the honey. I use to take my cake out of the mold brush or drizzle with honey and bake another 10 to 15 minutes to get that crispy thin outer layer it’s to die for …try it

  2. Just tried! I have a couple questions: Did you use quite a bit of oil in the mold to achieve that golden/crispy edge? Second, when I finally got the mold off it was all in one piece but all the outer combs are pulling away from the center, do you think I over-filled the mold?
    Delicious cake, we made a lavender lemon glaze to go with it!

    1. I did use quite a bit of oil to grease the mold thoroughly. I also think a higher honey content causes it to carmelize the top.

      Not sure about the second part of your question. I let mine cool a looooong time before I pulled the mold, I think that may have helped.

      I’m so glad you enjoyed this project, feel free to post pics!

  3. Hmmm, about 16oz … I was about to fill 4 standard cupcake cups

    The pan I received fit inside my 10″ cast iron with a small amount of space on all sides. I’m not at home to measure it right now.

  4. I tried this one time with at 325 in the oven, I filled the batter to the top of the mold which was a terrible idea. It took about 45-50 mins to cook all the way through and completely burned the edges and honeycomb part. Also it has really gross looking air pockets all on the combs.

    Tried again today with the oven at 310, about a half inch from the top left open with the batter, and I even put some foil around the edges so it didn’t burn and it came out perfectly around 45 mins. + 6 cupcakes with the leftover batter.

    Not having a cook time totally turns me off from wanting to try a recipe but this one looked so declious and I bought the mold already! The cake itself is so good! You can really taste the honey. I wonder if brown sugar would be even better than the regular sugar.

    Thank you for sharing this 🙂 Blessed be!

    1. Hi Minx,

      Thanks for your insights, I had the same experience of the cake being too brown, tho it tasted great. Next time I will follow your advice and make extra cupcakes, along with lowering the temperature. Have a blessed Solstice!

  5. Hello, I’m planning to make this cake on Sunday for an Oscars party. I purchased the mold too — so excited! Question: is it really 3/4 tablespoon baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon baking soda? That seems like a lot of baking powder, especially in relation to the amount of baking soda. Thanks in advance.

  6. What is the actual measurement for the butter?
    Where I’m from, 2 sticks of butter would be 2 pounds. There’s no way that’s right!

  7. I am so happy I found you!! Your site is amazing and very informative! Thank you for this recipe! I will be trying it this Litha!!

  8. Hi! I love this idea but I’m from the UK and we do not use the same measurements. Do you have a version of this using grams and ounces?

  9. I’m making this cake for my solstice party on Friday! How did you get it to look crispy, almost like a waffle? did you put honey on the top? the cake tastes very good otherwise, but I think I might reduce the vanilla so it tastes more like honey, and I’m going to try a lemon lavender glaze that I think will pair nicely. great recipe!

  10. This looks very similar to the ancient Arabic honey cakes. I’m really looking forward to trying it, and to see if it is similar to the Abbey Honey Cakes that were made by the monks.

  11. I made this cake today for the solstice. The recipe made a lot of batter. I had enough batter for two cakes. The cake is very dense and delicious. The color is beautiful. I trimmed the top so that the cake would lay flat. The cake breaks into little cakes.

    1. I did the same thing! I was so surprised by the amount left over. It looks amazing using the honey comb mold though. Blessed solstice.

    2. I just made this cake! It smells divine and is super tasty, but I wasn’t able to get the caramelized look- it looks a bit dull. I did have enough batter for two cakes- should I add more honey, or add a verrry generous amount of oil to grease the pan to get it caramelized for the second?

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