Valentine’s Cake {honey sweet}

The recipe for this torte (cake) comes from my old recipe book that I started when I was about thirteen years old. There are so many good memories of love and friendship preserved on its yellowed pages. Today is just a perfect day to share with you my recipe for this rich and fragrant Valentine’s cake.

Happy Valentine's

Its sweet and satisfying taste will definitely charm your taste buds. Talking about love at the first bite! 🙂


Valentine’s Cake

{print recipe}


  • 250 g (8.8 oz) honey
  • 50 g (1/4 cup) sugar
  • 1 pack vanilla sugar (or 1 TSP vanilla extract)
  • 50 g (1/2 stick) butter
  • 1 lemon (zest and juice)
  • 1 TSP cinnamon
  • 1/2 TSP ground cloves
  • 2 eggs
  • 250 g (8.8 oz) flour
  • 3 TSP baking powder


  • 130 g (1 pack) vanilla pudding powder (not instant)
  • 200 g (2 sticks less 1 TBSP) butter (at room temperature)
  • 100 g (3.5 oz) cherry jam (red currant jam can be used too)

Also needed:

  • 8 inch (20 cm) round cake pan
  • Same size piece of parchment paper

*** The recipe for the chocolate swirls I found here and it worked perfectly!


  1. In a larger sauce pan combine honey, sugar, vanilla and butter. Heat at medium temperature until well blended. Set aside and let it cool completely.
  2. After honey mixture has cooled down, add zest and juice of one lemon, cinnamon and cloves.
  3. Lightly beat two eggs and also add it to the mixture.
  4. Combine flour and baking powder and fold into honey mixture.
  5. Pour the batter into the cake pan lined with parchment paper. Bake at 365 F (185 C) about 30-35 minutes.
  6. For the frosting prepare vanilla pudding as directed on the box. Instead of 3 cups of milk use only 2 cups since a thicker pudding is needed. When pudding is cooked and cooled down, mix it with 200 g whipped butter until well combined.
  7. To assemble the cake, first cut it once across to get two equal pieces. Spread the bottom piece with cherry jam and then with the half of the frosting. Put the second piece on the top. Frost the cake all around with the remaining frosting. Decorate as desired.

Valentine's Cake

Valentine's Cake

Chocolate Swirls


26 thoughts on “Valentine’s Cake {honey sweet}

  1. Happy Valentine’s day Sibella! Hope you’re having a wonderful day with your loved ones. The cake looks delicious and really pretty, as if it came from a bakery store! Love the chocolate curls!

  2. Wow! It looks so, so, sooooooo beautiful and artistic! You blow me away with your love Sibella! 🙂 Happy Valentine’s Day…..hope it’s a lovely one for you ❤

  3. Happy Valentines Day Sibella! How wonderful that you started to keep track of your recipes since you were a little girl. You still do now but it is just on the internet instead. One day you will have your first published cookbook-on baking and I will be so excited to get one of the first signed copies. I love your chocolate swirls on your tart. Take Care, BAM

  4. Oh Sibella, this is just stunning! Your cakes always are. I love the honey and spices in the cake, especially paired with the cherry jam. And I’m so jealous of your beautiful chocolate curls – I tried to make some with that same recipe and HOLY SMOKES was it ever a failure! LOL. Happy Valentine’s Day my friend 🙂

  5. Thanks so much Korena! 🙂 I haven’t made this cake in years and I forgot how good it is. Chocolate curls were not that hard. At first I thought it will not work because chocolate was crumbling, but then I left it rest for another 2 minutes and it worked perfectly. It’s all about right temperature…. I hope your Valentine’s Day was great! ❤

  6. Wow, you had wonderful handwriting for a 13-year old, Sibella. You produced a beautiful cake and I have to steal the idea of chocolate curls for my grandson’s 6th birthday cake. His favorite colors are red, green and blue–there has to be a way to do it!

      1. Sibella, I ended up using chocolate candy melts. Some of them curled, some folded like an accordion. I’m happy… my little grandson wants red, green and blue decorations on his cake (a big “6) and that’s what he’s getting. Next time I’ll try white chocolate baking bars/chips. All in all, it was fun. Thanks for the idea!

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