Honey & Cinnamon Cake – from everyday pantry staples


So my friend Emma said to me, “I love what you are doing on the blog (thanks!) but what I’d really like to see is something that I can make for the lunch boxes or afternoon tea that doesn’t require me going out and getting new ingredients, you know when you realise the night before you need to make something and you can’t get out of the house?  What have you got that’s from pantry staples?”

Yes, unfortunately I know that feeling too, it happens quite often around here usually on a Sunday night when we’ve been out all weekend.  So this here Honey & Cinnamon Cake is an easy, quick to make, yummy (and big so you can feed the hoards or freeze some) cake that I often turn to.  I’m pretty sure that you will have all the ingredients in your pantry but you do know that I’m secretly (or not so secretly) on a mission to get some more of the “healthier” stuff into your pantries to become staples too!



I had to taste test of course, just to be sure…

I did this one in the Thermomix, because that’s what I like to do, but you can use an electric mixer and get the same result.  This is an adaptation of a recipe a school Mum, Stephanie, does all the time and it appeared in our school’s fund raising cook book which I love too.  This is a simple, old fashioned, no fuss cake,  I hope you like it Em!

Keep scrolling down for a list of other recipes using pantry staples too.

Honey & Cinnamon Cake


  • 3 eggs
  • 1 C (140g) caster sugar (I usually use raw caster sugar)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (essence is fine if that is what you've got)
  • 4 Tbsp honey (whatever you have in your pantry)
  • 1 C (180g) olive oil
  • 2 1/2 C (340g) SR Flour (I used gluten free SR flour as that is what we have around here)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • pinch salt
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch ground allspice (optional so doesn't matter if you don't have it, you could also use ground cloves or nothing)
  • 1 C (210g) fresh orange juice, about 2 oranges worth (or from the bottle if you don't have any)


  1. Preheat oven to 180 C. Grease and line a 23cm or larger round cake tin (I use a spring form one)
  2. Put eggs and sugar into the bowl and beat well until light and thick - that's Speed 5 / 15 seconds in the Thermomix
  3. Add vanilla, honey and olive oil and combine Speed 5 / 10 seconds. If you are using an electric mixer add the vanilla and honey first start beating and then slowly add the oil until all combined.
  4. Put flour, baking powder, cinnamon, spice (if using) and salt into the mixture, if Thermomixing throw in the OJ too at this stage and combine Speed 4 / Reverse / 10 seconds. If using an electric mixer remove the bowl and do this by hand alternatively adding the dry ingredients and then the OJ and mixing until all combined.
  5. Pour mixture into the prepared cake tin and bake in the oven for 45 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven and allow to cool in the tin for a about 5 minutes and then turn out onto a wire cooling rack.
  7. Serve plain or with cream or Greek thick yoghurt if you want to fancy it up. My girls got this plain in the lunch boxes today!

Other “pantry staple” recipes you may like are:

Lemon Drizzle Cake

Jam Drops

Mixed Berry & Lemon Yoghurt Muffins

Zucchini Slice – savoury

Zucchini Loaf – sweet and makes 2 so great to have one in the freezer

The trusty old Banana Loaf

Vanilla Bean Butter Biscuits

Orange Yoghurt Cupcakes

Banana Yoghurt Muffins

Simple Orange Cake – just use regular sugar if you don’t have coconut sugar

Jaffa Biscuits

Healthy Yoghurt & Oat Muffins – just replace the RM Syrup with sugar if you don’t have it

Ginger Honey Biscuits

 What’s your “go to” baked goods recipe when you’ve just realised that you’ve got nothing?


4 comments on “Honey & Cinnamon Cake – from everyday pantry staples

  1. Lucy @ Bake Play Smile
    November 22, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    This is definitely my fave kind of cooking – using everyday ingredients that you already have in your house! And can you get a yummier flavour than honey and cinnamon? Yum! Thanks for joining our Fabulous Foodie Fridays party! Have a great weekend xx

    • Vicki
      November 22, 2014 at 10:59 pm

      I know Lucy, it’s a great one to have up your sleeve. Hope you have a great weekend too.

  2. Lauren @ Create Bake Make
    November 22, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    What a gorgeous cake, I’ve pinned this to try
    when my Thermomix arrives!

    • Vicki
      November 22, 2014 at 10:57 pm

      Oh yay your getting a Thermomix? It’s a great cake to have in your repertoire. x

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