French Spice Cake

Sliced spice bread on a wooden board, 2 bottles of milk in the background
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Spice Cake is a dense traditional French bread sweetened with honey & an aromatic blend of spices. This effortless loaf can be enjoyed for weeks as is, toasted with butter and your coffee or tea. Spice Cake is a mix of milk, flour, honey and a blend of spices. Also, there are no eggs in this recipe.

This bread is mainly a huge jump in my childhood as it was a ‘gouter’ (afternoon snack) at day camp. I used to hate it but here I am testing spice cake a few times and enjoying ALL the loaves!

The warmth of the spices as you eat this bread will seduce your palate. Although, the aromatic smell in the kitchen would have taken all your senses already!

Spice Cake: The Simplicity

Putting together this recipe is quite easy and quick. You will get a delicious bread with a compact texture. Actually, the spice cake is more of a spice bread for its consistency.

Back then, this cake was baked and kept in a dish towel for weeks.

This cake is definitely a recipe that make me travel… Sharing my French recipes is all about time traveling.

A huge classic but French crêpes are another jump in childhood such as some classic buttery madeleines!

The Multiple Versions

Like any recipe, everyone has his own version and take. Traditionally, spice cake is a mix of rye flour and wheat flour. I choose to do it with wheat flour as it is a type we always have in our house.

Likewise, you can select and adjust your spices to your liking. Some recipes might call for ginger and cloves but since I’m not a big fan, I didn’t go for it. You can if you feel like it :)

I highly recommend making my recipes using a scale but for your convenience I have also converted the recipe using this website.

French Spice Cake

Spice Cake is a dense traditional French bread sweetened with honey & an aromatic blend of spices. This effortless loaf can be enjoyed for weeks.
Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: French
Keyword: breaded, Cinnamon, condensed milk, egg free, honey, loaf, Spice Bread
Author: Mélanie


  • 2 cups flour 250g
  • 1/3 (generous) cup sugar 70g
  • 1/2 tsp caraway
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 6 tbsp honey 125g
  • 3/4 cup warm milk 200ml


  • Prepare and measure all your ingredients.
  • Mix together the dry ingredients: flour, sugar, caraway, cinnamon, nutmeg and baking powder.
  • Add in the warm milk, mix until combine. Then add the honey.
  • Bake at 400F for 40 minutes or until the tip of your knife comes out dry from the centre of the cake.


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