Chocolate Glazed High Holiday Honey Cake

by Zehorit Ashbel Heilicher, Tastemaker in Residence


  • 6 large eggs, separated
  • 1 1/4 c. sugar, divided
  • 1 c. honey
  • 1 c. fresh orange juice
  • 1 T. orange zest
  • 1 c. oil
  • 1 t. cinnamon
  • 1/4 t.  ground cloves
  • 3 c. all purpose flour
  • 2 T. baking powder
  • 1/4 c. brandy


  • 2 c. semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 pint whipping cream, or Rich whipped topping


  1. Heat oven to 375°F.
  2. Place into mixer bowl the egg yolks, 1-cup sugar, the honey, orange juice, oil, cinnamon and cloves. Mix well with whisk attachment on medium for 2 minutes. Slowly add the flour, baking powder and brandy and whisk for 4-5 minutes.
  3. In a separate bowl with clean whisk beat egg whites with 1/4-cup sugar to stiff peaks. Gently fold the egg whites into honey/yolk mixture.
  4. Pour batter into greased and floured 10'' tube pan and bake for 50-60 minutes, or until inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  5. Rest on rack for 10 minutes and then invert onto cooling rack and cool completely before glazing.
  6. Place chocolate and cream in a glass bowl and microwave on low for 2 minutes or until melted and whisk until smooth. Pour over cooled cake and let glaze cool before serving.

Serves 12