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Rye Honey Cake Recipe

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Rye Honey Cake Recipe

Rye Honey Cake - Couque

©Cindy Bertel

Still made in many regions of France, this rye honey cake recipe is referred to as couque in rural areas. This is the very rustic and traditional version of the recipe that you are likely to come across in small inns and out-of-the-way taverns. Easy to prepare, this honey cake recipe makes 12 servings; it is perfect for entertaining. Enjoy it slowly, with a small cup of café.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes


  • 1 cup rye flour
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon anise seeds, crushed (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2/3 cup honey
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup light vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup water


Preheat the oven to 350F. Lightly grease an 8-inch by 8-inch baking pan and set it aside.

Stir together the dry ingredients, and then add the honey, eggs, oil, and water. Mix the batter until the ingredients are incorporated, but not overmixed, about 2 minutes. Pour the honey batter into the prepared pan and bake for 30 minutes, until the cake tests done 1/2-inch from the center.

Cool the honey cake for 10 minutes in the pan and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

This rye honey cake recipe makes 12 servings.

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 5 out of 5
Good, Easy Dessert, Member foodie74

This whole-grain recipe tasted great for dessert and at breakfast time with a glass of cold milk. It reminded me of a bread I had 25 years ago in the Dordogne region; it was probably one in the same. I loved that it was a one-bowl type of preparation - very easy to bake. Will make this one again!

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