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Heuningkoek ~ South African Honey Cake


  • Vanilla Cake
  • 125 g butter
  • 2/3 cup caser sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • vanila essence
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 cups SR Flour
  • Honey Sauce
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup butter


  • Beat butter and sugar to a cream.
  • Add eggs one at a time and beat well.
  • Add a small amount of vanilla essence.
  • Sift the flour and add alternately with the milk.
  • Mix to make a soft dough.

To make the cake

  • Pour into a greased pan and bake in a moderate oven 180˚C for approximately 40 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.
  • Turn out from pan and stand on a wire rack to cool.

To make the honey sauce

  • Melt the honey and butter together while cake is baking.
  • As soon as the cake is out of the oven, prick the top of it with a fork to make many holes and pour over the honey sauce.


Generally if I make the cake for hubby while he is at work, I don't add the honey sauce straight away. When he gets home, I cut a piece of cake for him and then melt 1TBSP of butter with 1 TBSP honey and pour it over the cake.
It is nicer warm, but hubby and the boys still like it like this too.