Honey Cake

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Oxford Companion to Food

Oxford Companion to Food

By Alan Davidson

Published 2014

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honey cake a general term for cakes, biscuits, and breads using honey in the recipe.

The category of ‘honey cakes’ overlaps considerably with gingerbread, since a gingerbread made with honey (e.g. French pain d’épices), could also be called a honey cake. The same would apply to the lebkuchen of German-speaking countries, which are sweetened with honey and may be regarded either as soft biscuits or as thin cakes. Thus the familiar problem of distinguishing between cake and biscuit afflicts discussion of honey cakes.