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.

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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10 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!

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