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How to Make Traditional Greek Butter Honey Cake: Easy Recipe, Baked in One Hour!

Updated on September 19, 2017

Ravanni - they call it "Food Fit For Gods"

This recipe looks unbelievably rich - and it is. Don't let the absence of honey fool you. In this part of the world, the word honey refers to chronically sweet. The saving grace of the cake is its crunchy, spongy cake, thanks to its farina-rich texture, also known as Gris in these here parts. It's American name is Cream of Wheat. Same great stuff! :)

It's Greek to Me!


2 sticks of butter, approximately 250 grams

1 cup of sugar

6 eggs

2 tsp. vanilla

1 cup flour

2 tsp. baking powder

pinch of salt

1 cup cream of wheat (farina)

Cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs, one by one, mixing well after each addition. Add vanilla. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, salt and farina. Once the dry mixture is equally blended, stir it into the moist mixture little by little. At the end, pour into a 13x9x2 inch baking pan for 25 minutes.

While baking, prepare the following syrup:

2 cups of sugar,

2 cups of water

Juice of 1/2 lemon

Bring the sugar and water to a boil and cook for five minutes. Add lemon juice. After cake is removed from the oven, pour syrup slowly over cake with a soup ladle.

Cool before cutting, and make small pieces, because it is very rich! ! !


Baklava and Ravanni

Besides baklava, this is my favorite syrupy sugary sweet dessert (atomic bomb). The good news is, the egg and farina give it a little nutritional balance, so you are getting some bang for the buck.

Simple and Golden


Dessert is served

A sweet, simple cake best served with black coffee or espresso. Unsweetened, of course, since the cake is dripping with sugary lemon syrup. The black coffee provides a little stability for an out of control sugar high.

© 2011 Anastasia Kingsley


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      IslandBites 4 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Nice recipe!

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      Anastasia Kingsley 5 years ago from Croatia, Europe

      It is. The whole thing can be made in about an hour. It's one of those win-win desserts that are easy to make and everyone loves. Thanks for dropping by :)

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      Linda Crampton 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a cake that I must try! I love small servings of rich, buttery cakes. I love the flavour of sweet lemon too. Your recipe sounds delicious, and the cake sounds easy to make as well.

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      Anastasia Kingsley 5 years ago from Croatia, Europe

      This is one of the first recipes I ever made. It was so golden, butter-y, and it tasted like pure honey, so I couldn't refuse. My mom loved classic Greek recipes since my dad is from the Mediterranean. Made of farina (a.k.a. cream of wheat), the sweet syrup and the crunchy texture are a real crunch sensation. Best of all it is soooo simple and easy to make that I had to put the How to right here. Hope that you enjoy it as much as I do.

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      Arlene V. Poma 6 years ago

      Oh, my, my. Two sticks of butter? The most I've ever used on a cake is one stick! I'd love to try this recipe ASAP and have bookmarked it. Can't wait! Voted up, useful and interesting. AWESOME just for the butter and honey!