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Rosh Hashana Apple Honey Cake

Rosh Hashana Apple Honey Cake

Rosh Hashannah begins at sundown Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Rosh Hashana or the Feast of Trumpets begins at sundown today. It is the biblical New Year’s celebration. The Spring Bible holidays tell of Jesus’ first coming, and the fall festivals are prophetic of His second coming.

Apple and Honey Cake

Apples and honey are a traditional food for this celebration. We are baking New Year’s cakes for our neighbors. (I’m on a sugar-free, yeast-free diet so there will be no cake for me.)

Our Jewish neighbors across the street will know this is a Rosh Hashana cake. Our neighbor next door with three children will see it as a welcome to the neighborhood cake (one day I’ll explain Rosh Hashana, as the Lord leads)

Semi-Homemade Recipe

If you don’t have time for a homemade cake, add apples, honey and nuts to a yellow cake mix and get canned cream cheese frosting.

Homemade Recipe

From City of Holland

1/2 cups honey
1/2 cup shortening
2 eggs
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
4 cups diced apples
1 cup chopped walnuts

Cream together honey, shortening and eggs.  Sift salt, baking soda, nutmeg, cinnamon and flour and add to creamed mixture.  Stir in apples and nuts.  Pour into greased 9″ x 13″ x 2″ pan and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.  Remove from oven and cool completely before frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting

1 tablespoon butter
6 ounces softened cream cheese
1/4 cup honey
2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup chopped nuts

Cream butter, cream cheese, honey and vanilla until light and fluffy. Add nuts. Frost cooled cake.

Apple Honey Cupcakes with Bubble Bee Cup Decorations

We are decorating with bubble bees made from chocolate covered raisins and almonds. Another idea is to make cupcakes and decorate with bees (found at craft stores).

Or check here for images of several adorable bee cupcakes ideas.


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  1. Woohoo! Another great Honey Cake recipe! I’ll add this one to my collection and perhaps make it for Hannukah….or Purim. Or next time we need a cake for something. (We also don’t eat cake….Dodi is on a zero carb diet…or at least as close as we can get to zero.)Thanks for sharing it Robin.
    Shana Tova Umetukah (have a good and sweet new year)

  2. Thanks, Robin!!! We will be studying this next week. Our homeschool group’s My Father’s World co-op was suppose to have this feast today but we are rained out so my fam will do this next week. Thanks for the ideas, links, and recipes. Very helpful!

    Have a blessed weekend!

  3. Those are adorable!!! I love it. I made some honey dips for apples, extra honey in the challah, and honey carrots… yummy! 🙂

  4. Sounds good. It will be much healthier with melted butter or coconut oil instead of shortening. 🙂 (I suppose butter wouldn’t be kosher if eaten with a meat meal, but coconut oil would be.)

  5. Great idea! Why didn’t I think to replace shorting with coconut oil duhh. I’ll remember next year.

    The cakes were a bit hot especially the little bee decorations.

  6. Very cute cupcakes! I love the idea! I loved trying the new food for Rosh Hashanah. I love the honey dips.

  7. VERY cute!!! I sure enjoyed all the apple and extra honey recipes!
    LOVE the recommendation about the coconut oil. We use that in about everything anymore.

    Have a super week… looking forward to learning more about our Messiah in the next weeks.

  8. I’m definitely bookmarking this honey-cake recipe for next year, and the cupcakes look just adorable! We made a giant apple pie with honey drizzled over it, and had the pleasure of trying out many other delectables shared by friends at a Rosh Hashannah home service. I must say though, nothing looked as impressive as your cake here! 😉

  9. Melanie B

    This sounds delicous. I will save this and use this recipe next year.
    The bumble cupcakes are so neat. I’ll have to use that next year too.
    Have a blessed day.

  10. Thank you for the recipe. We tried it and I used the Coconut oil and also fresh ground ww pastry flour. I don’t use nutmeg so I substituted Allspice and Cardamom. The cake was wonderful. Next time I won’t use glass though because with all that sugar it burns easily.

  11. Thanks Robin
    This looks Delish

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