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Cake mix is the secret ingredient for the best honey cake

Honey cake from the box recipe
French vanilla-flavored boxed cake mix makes quick work of whipping together this simple honey cake.
(Maren Caruso)

Honey cake is traditionally served for Rosh Hashana to bring about a sweet new year, but this version — from “Eat Something,” the new cookbook by Evan Bloom, co-owner of Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen in San Francisco, and food writer Rachel Levin — is great any time of the year. Its surprising secret ingredient? French vanilla-flavored boxed cake mix, a supermarket staple that lends the batter, doctored up with honey and spices, an exceptionally moist and tender crumb. Even better, it stays that way for a whole week, so you can cut slivers of cake whenever you need a sweet fix without worrying about the cake drying out.

French vanilla-flavored boxed cake mix makes it easy to whip together this simple honey cake.


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