This cake is tender and moist with tremendous depth of flavor— and the taste of honey shines through.
3-1/2 cupsall purpose flour, spooned into a measuring cup and leveled-off with a knife
1-1/2 cupsgranulated sugar
1 teaspoonbaking powder
1 teaspoonbaking soda
4 teaspoonsground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoonground cloves
1/2 teaspoonground allspice
1 cupcanola or vegetable oil
1/2 cuplight or dark brown sugar
3 large eggs
1 cupcoffee or strong tea
1/2 cupfresh or store-bought orange juice (for fresh, you'll need 2 oranges)
1/4 cuporange liqueur or whisky (okay to substitute orange juice)
1 teaspoonvanilla extract
I make this cake in three nonstick 8x4-inch loaf pans, but it can also be made in two nonstick 9x5-inch loaf pans or an angel food cake pan WITHOUT a removable bottom or a 9x13-inch sheetpan.
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray the pan(s) with nonstick cooking spray and dust lightly with flour. If using an angel food cake pan, line the bottom with lightly greased parchment paper.
In a very large bowl, whisk together the flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves and allspice. Make a well in the center and add the oil, honey, brown sugar, eggs, coffee or tea, orange juice, and orange liqueur and vanilla extract.
Using a strong wire whisk or an electric mixer on low speed, mix the ingredients until well combined. The batter will be pourable.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan(s). Place the pan(s) on 2 baking sheets stacked together and bake until the cakes are set, domed and spring back when you touch them gently in the center (the stacked sheet pans will prevent the bottom from browning too quickly). For loaf cakes, bake for 45-50 minutes; for angel cake pans, bake for 60 to 70 minutes; for sheet-style cake, bake for 40 to 45 minutes. Let the cake(s) stand for 15 minutes before removing from the pan(s). Run a butter knife along the edges of the pans to help the cakes release, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Wrap the cake(s) in foil and store at room temperature for several days.
Freezer-Friendly Instructions: The cake can be frozen for up to 3 months. After it is completely cooled, wrap it securely in aluminum foil, freezer wrap or place in a freezer bag. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before serving.