These easy to make Honey Cakes are loaded with delicious honey flavor and crisped around the edges from the caramelized honey! The rich orange and honey spiced aroma will fill your home and win hearts no matter when they are baked and served!
Add the coconut oil, honey, sugar, brown sugar, egg, vanilla extract, orange juice, and ground cloves. Combine just enough to incorporate the ingredients. Do not overmix.
⅓ cup coconut oil, ⅓ cup honey, ½ cup sugar, 3 tbsp light brown sugar, 1 egg, 1 tsp vanilla extract, ½ cup orange juice, ⅛ tsp ground cloves
Use a cookie dough scoop (about ⅔ full) or spoon out the mixture into your muffin pan cavities. Fill each to about halfway full.
Set into the center of the preheated oven and bake at 350°F (175°C) for 15-18 minutes. The honey cakes are done when a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Remove from oven and transfer to a wire cooling rack and allow to cool completely. Use a butter knife to circle around the edges and pop each honey cake out of the pan once cooled.
Your honey cakes can be coated with a thin layer of watered down honey when done, and/or topped with frosting as seen here in the photos. I prefer to brush a tablespoon of heated honey, that has been watered down with just a drizzle of water, over the tops of my honey cakes using a pastry brush.The icing in the photos is a simple buttercream flavored with orange extract. I used 4 tablespoons of room temperature unsalted butter, a drizzle of cream, a half teaspoon of orange extract and about 2 cups of confectioners sugar (use more or less as needed to reach a piping consistency, less is needed for spreading the frosting).