The reason we traditionally eat things like honey and apples on Rosh Hashana (Jewish New Year) is to ensure a year filled with sweetness.

When baking your honey cake, always use good quality honey and apples. It should also have an undertone of spice. At Aviv Cakes & Bagels, we’ve been baking honey cakes for 26 years. It’s a seasonal product, although we do sell our chocolate-dipped honey biscuits year round.

The shop gets very busy around the holidays, so you’ll need to get in very early on Wednesday morning to get one. Otherwise, try making it at home yourself.

Aviv’s Honey Cake for Rosh Hashana

What you’ll need:
1 cup warm water
1 cup honey, gourmet quality and non-flavoured
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup sunflower oil
4 whole eggs
2 cups self-raising flour
1 cup rye flour
3/4 cup cooked apple, diced
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp mixed spice


Mix honey with warm water, until it’s a smooth liquid. Add sugar, oil and eggs and mix thoroughly.

Fold in self-raising flour, rye flour, apple and spices. Pour into 9-inch cake tin or divide into two loaf tins. Bake at 150°C for 50–60 minutes.

If you like: cool, halve longways, layer with apricot jam and coat with chocolate ganache for extra moistness.

Otherwise, garnish with walnuts and glacè cherries.

Aviv Cakes & Bagels
412 Glen Huntly Road, Elsternwick
(03) 9528 6627