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Rosh Hashana Apple and Honey Cake

Apples and honey are a traditional food for Rosh Hashana. This cake is one of the best I have ever made or tasted and my children really look forward to it. Its a super way to welcome Autumn with the smell of apple cake drifting through the house!

Last year we made this and took it to our Jewish neighbors across the street. They instantly knew it was a Rosh Hashana cake.

Semi Homemade Recipe

If you don’t have time for a homemade cake add apples, honey and nuts to a yellow cake mix and get canned cream cheese frosting.

Homemade Recipe

  • From City of Holland
  • 1/2 cups honey
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoon soda
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 4 cups diced apples
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

Cream together honey, shortening and eggs. Sift salt, soda, nutmeg, cinnamon and flour and add to creamed mixture. Stir in apples and nuts. Pour into greased 9″ x 13″ x 2″ pan and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Remove from oven and cool completely before frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1 Tablespoon Butter
  • 6 ounces softened cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts

Cream butter, cream cheese, honey and vanilla until light and fluffy. Add nuts. Frost cooled cake.

Apple Honey Cupcakes with Bubble Bee Cup Decorations

We are decorating with bubble bees made from chocolate covered raisins and almonds.

Another idea is to make cupcakes and decorate with bees (found at craft stores).


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  1. Rachael

    Hi Robin, You have an amazing site that is beyond helpful to me and many I am sure. Great work!
    I just wanted to mention something about what is commonly refered to as “Rosh Hashanah” (Head of the year). The only biblical reference that GOD gave us regarding where he placed the new year is found Ex 12 where he told MOses how to set up HIS event calendar. HE puts it in the spring 14 days before the Passover. If we put the new year in the Fall of the year, we change what GOD said and also cover over the true event that is a warning o those who don’t know him. THe Feast of Trumpets is a warning sound and danger to those who don’t know him personally. We are suppose to sound that same warning not the sound of “HAPPY new year”. TO GOD it is what he said it is. He knows that it is not the new year and that the world is still focused and driven to build their tower of babel. THey are walking confused, repeating fables. I pray that this truth will be enough for the believers who know HIM will except the word just as it was written. We are to be the watchman and not lead people into danger Ezekiel 33

    Thank you so much for your dedication to this site and being so diligent to take the time to make is so great.
    All of HIS blessing to you, Rachael

  2. wow! This recipe sounds yummy! (I would substitute butter for the shortening, however. Personal preference.) ;o)

    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe here, Robin!

    What a blessing your site is!

  3. Thanks for the recipe! My 2 youngest daughters made this the morning after you posted it. Ours looked nothing like yours, so they were worried. Once the icing was on and we cut into it, all fears abated! The whole family gave it a thumbs up!
    Linda in GA

  4. vinhuing

    Wow! I really copied the frosting I can place this on top of my carrot cake! I just love to open post like this and I always have a grand time reading it while my mind is also working on how to modify your recipes. Thanks for the post like this. It’s a breaker after a stressful day of work.

  5. we made it the second day of Rosh Hashana . . . one daughter ate only the frosting and the other only the cake lol what a perfect set of sisters 😉

    we shared it with some of our church members and our music minister said to us, “may your name be written in the the Book of Life” !

    thank you for this recipe and all you do to help us in glorifying the Lord by partaking the festivals of Yah!

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