This cake has graced the table of many a Sunday lunch and family meal in our home. It’s an absolute family classic, and for good reason.  It’s Quick and easy to make (I cooked this without help from 6 years old!) and uses only 9 simple Ingredients, most of which you will already have in your cupboard. Requiring just 10 minutes of prep and 25 minutes to cook you can have this Apple & Honey Cake glistening and sticky on your table in no time!

My gran was making this as early as the 1960s, and we all learned to make it growing up, standing next to her our special kitchen stool. Making this and her famous jam tarts are some of the best memories from my childhood. Well this, but also that one time I got to make Grandpa Dee gargle soap for swearing (4 year old me loved that). These days I make it with my nieces and nephews, standing on their own little kitchen stools. The cycle continues.

I hope this recipe brings you as much joy as it has for us through the years. 

Vegan Adaption, to adapt this cake to vegan substitute the eggs for flax eggs, the butter for vegan margarine, and the honey for “apple” honey or maple syrup. 

Grans Apple & Honey Cake


For the apple cake

1 Cup flour

1/2 Cup Brown Sugar/ Coconut Sugar

2 tsp baking powder

Pinch salt

50ml melted butter

125ml milk warmed up

1 egg

1 Large (765g) Tinned Halved Apples*

*Tinned apples can be swapped out for tinned pears or tinned pineapple, fresh stone fruit and berries.


For the Sauce

60ml Butter, Melted

60ml Honey


Heat the oven to 180C.

Add the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt to a mixing bowl.

Whisk the egg and slowly pour in the warm milk, whisking as you add the milk to prevent scrambling the egg. Mix in the melted butter.

Pour the butter mixture into the the dry ingredients and stir until combined.

Drain the liquid from the apples, and arrange the apple halves in a pie dish. Pour the batter over the apples and bake the apple cake for 22-30 minutes, or until a knife inserted into a section of a cakey part comes out clean

When the cake is nearly ready melt the honey and butter together, and stir until combined.

Remove the cake from the oven and pour over the hot honey butter mixture, while the cake is still warm.

Chefs tip: Be sure to add the honey butter to a hot cake, as this will absorb the mixture the best!

Serve immediately with cream or ice cream.