Spelt Cinnamon and Honey Cake with a Honey Butter Drizzle














This delicious spelt cinnamon and honey cake has a lovely honey butter drizzle infused with cinnamon. The cake is very low in fat and has no refined sugar. 



Still cake, just a little healthier

I don’t know about you, but does winter find you gathering excess pounds? I walk a lot in the summer, but as the weather heads into autumn and gets cooler, I find myself walking less and less. And eating more and more.

I’ve deliberately not jumped on the scales for several months, but the urge took me the other day. I was so fed up to see how much weight I have put on. Of course, I don’t ever want to return to the super svelte skinny thing of my late teens, but I do feel more comfortable when I am on the lighter side. The simple fact is, I have overindulged lately, that’s it. So, when fancying a bit of cake this weekend, I decided it would make one, but that it would be a little healthier.



Apart from the drizzle, there is no fat in this spelt cinnamon and honey cake. None. I used homemade apple sauce to replace the fat. There is no refined sugar, either, using honey for the slight sweetness the cake has. Now, as I’ve said many a time, a cake without sugar and fat will never be light, airy sponge. Cakes heavy on the sugar and butter are divine, so let’s not kid ourselves that a cake made without them is going to be the same. It’s not. The crumb is very dense, and without stating the obvious, it isn’t as sweet.  



The honey butter drizzle was something I’ve never made before, but when researching a drizzle without icing sugar, it popped up on one of my favourite British food sites, BBC Good Food. It was gorgeous, and really gave the cake a little hit of decadence.



If you like this spelt cinnamon and honey cake, and prefer your cakes to be a on the healthier side, you will adore my blueberry and lime cake, or my popular raspberry sponge cake.



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Spelt Cinnamon and Honey Cake with a Honey Butter Drizzle


Apple sauce (see note 2)

  • 2 medium sized apples (peeled and chopped)
  • 50ml (3½ tbs) water


  • 1 tablespoon butter (melted, for the pan)
  • 160g (1¾ cups) spelt flour (see note 1)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 egg (medium)
  • 150g (½ cup + 2 tbs) homemade applesauce (see note 2)
  • 125ml (½ cup) milk
  • 60ml (¼ cup) honey

Honey butter drizzle (see note 3):

  • 20g (1 tbsp + 1 tsp) butter
  • 20g (1 tbs) honey
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon


Apple sauce:

  • Add the apples to a pan with just enough water to cover them.
  • Gently heat for around 10 minutes, just until they are nice and soft.
  • Using a fork or potato masher, mash the apples until they are a thick sauce (it is okay to still have some small lumps).


  • Pre-heat the oven to 175℃ (350℉). Melt the butter and brush over a bundt tin. Mine was just over a litre (35 fluid ounces) in capacity.
  • Mix all of the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk the egg and then add the other wet ingredients.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and stir just until everything is combined (do not over work).
  • Pour into the prepared pan and bake for around 40 minutes (you may need to cover the cake with some foil for the last ten minutes or so). The cake is ready when an inserted skewer comes out clean.
  • Leave in the pan for around ten minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack. Leave until cooled.

Honey butter drizzle (see note 3):

  • Melt the butter and honey until it bubbles, then add the cinnamon.
  • Heat for a couple of minutes until the mixture starts to thicken.
  • Remove from the heat, and allow to cool.
  • When cooled, drizzle over the cake. Slice and enjoy!


  1. You can do a straight swap with regular flour.
  2. I chose to make my apple sauce to avoid any unwanted additives, but for convenience, you could absolutely use jarred apple sauce (or pureed apples).
  3. If you would like more drizzle, just double the measurements.
I have converted grams to cups/ounces/tablespoons using online converters. Although I have no reason to believe they are inaccurate, please be aware that I have not made the recipe with imperial measurements.
In addition, many ingredients are different in Europe compared to North America. I do all I can to offer possible alternatives and to ensure the best possible outcomes for everyone. However, results cannot always be guaranteed if you have not used the same ingredients, measurements or methods as me.
Lastly, I do everything I can to ensure that my recipes (and instructions) are accurate and easy to follow. However, I am human, and don't always get it right. If you notice anything strange, a mistake, or even a typo, please let me know in the comments. 


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