5 Alternatives To Honey Cake for Rosh Hashanah

Despite being the quintessential Rosh Hashanah dessert, a lot of people don’t like honey cake. I sort of get it. Some honey cake recipes have so many spices and bourbon that they have a tendency to taste a little muddy or bitter. Although I think the dislike of honey cake just means you need to find another honey cake recipe, sometimes it is easier to just serve something else. Here are five alternatives to honey cake for Rosh Hashanah.


Now you can make your own or buy if you have a kosher bakery near you. Babka can be either dairy or pareve, so check your recipe or packaging carefully. This gorgeous Chocolate Babka by Pretty. Simple. Sweet is a dairy variety.

Chocolate Babka | Pretty. Simple. Sweet


This is a gorgeous Apple Walnut Custard Pie from Baking a Moment is sure to wow your dinner guests and who doesn’t like custard?

Apple Walnut Tart | Baking a Moment


It’s been so hot in LA recently that we’ve been having simple ice cream for dessert quite frequently. You can get fancy and make your own honey ice cream or drizzle some honey on a store-bought premium vanilla. Don’t forget to top with a cute honeycomb cookie!

Honeycomb Cookie with Ice Cream | Chai & Home


If you are having a classic brisket Rosh Hashanah menu, you will want a pareve dessert. This Apple Tart from A House in the Hills is pretty and gluten free.

Apple Tart | A House In The Hills


Like babka, rugelach is easily purchased in a major metropolitan area but if you are keen to make your own, The Candid Appetite’s recipe for Cherry and Dark Chocolate Cinnamon Pecan Rugelach has great tips for the first time rugelach baker.

Cherry and Dark Chocolate Rugelach | The Candid Appetite

So are you a dyed-in-the-wool honey cake baker or is one of your loved ones in the honey cake haters club?



  • Love these ideas. The apple flowers are gorgeous! Here’s an additional idea, good for Rosh Hashannah or Sukkot- vanilla ice cream or mango sorbet (or scoop of each) topped with Etrog liqueur and one of your darling honey cookies.

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