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Lebkuchen (Honey Cake)

One 9"x13" cake
Prep info
5 min prep + 15 min cool + 20 min prep + 20 min bake + 10 min ice + 2 weeks age
Prep time
Not set
Cook time
1 hour, 10 minutes
Time required
1 hour, 10 minutes
Oven preheat
Desserts - Misc
Not tried


  • 1/2 c honey
  • 3/4 c Sugar (Brown)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 T fresh lemon juice
  • 1 t lemon zest
  • 2.5 c Flour (Plain)
  • 1/2 t baking soda
  • 1 t ground cloves
  • 1 t ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 t ground allspice
  • 1/2 t ground nutmeg
  • 1/3 c chopped blanched almonds
  • 1/3 c chopped citron
  • Icing
  • 1 c Sugar (Icing)
  • 2 T fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 t vanilla
  • water, as needed
  • candied cherries, for garnish
  • almond slivers, for garnish


Preheat to 400F w/ rack in the middle. Like 13 x 9 inch backing pan w greased foil, overhaning the pan ends by about 2". In large heavy saucepan bring to a boil honey. Then let it cool completely. Stir in brown sugar, lightly beaten egg, fresh lemon juice, and zest of one lemon. Combine and sift over the honey mix the flour, baking soda, cloves, cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg. Stir together separately the chopped blanched almonds and chopped citron. Add to honey mix and stir really well. Firmly press the dough in to the pan to form a smooth and even layer and bake 18-20 min.s, until a toothpick inserted in the center emerges almost clean.

Meanwhile stir until smooth the powdered sugar, fresh lemon juice, and vanilla. Add water if you need to make it spreadable.  While the cake is still warm, spread icing evenly over the top. Immediately mark off portions and place one candied cherry in the middle of each. In an x-shape with the cherry as the center place almond slivers. Put the pan on a rack and let it stand till completely cool and icing is set. using the foil handle overhangs move the bar to a cutting board and carefully remove the foil, then cut into the portions you marked. If it's possible, let them age 2 weeks to let the spices achieve full flavor.  


Lebkuchen keep for months in an airtight container.