Thursday, September 29, 2016


Lekach is a sweet cake, traditionally made with honey.  It is customary to ask for and receive "lekach" from someone [usually one's mentor or parent] on the day before Yom Kippur.   One of the reasons given for this custom is that if it had been decreed, G‑d forbid, that during the year we should need to resort to a handout from others, the decree should be satisfied with this asking for food.

The Lubavitcher Rebbe used to hand out Lekach each year on erev Yom Kippur, or for those who did not receive it then, on Hoshannah Rabbah.

To read more about the reasons for this custom, click here.

Below is my recipe for a Rosh Hashanah chocolate honey cake, which is incredibly easy to make, you just place all the ingredients in a bowl, mix, and bake.

These quantities make a very large cake, or two smaller cakes.  Note: this is a very large cake, you may want to halve the ingredients and make two loaf cakes instead.

One Bowl Chocolate Honey Cake

500g honey
3 eggs
One and a half cups sugar [I use raw caster sugar]
3/4 cup oil [I use lite olive oil]
1 teaspoon vanilla essence            
3 cups self-raising flour*
One and a half cups water
3 tablespoons of cocoa powder

Place all ingredients into electric mixing bowl, beat until well combined. The mixture appears to be too liquid, but don't worry, that is how it's meant to be.  Pour into large foil tray [or two smaller cake tins] and bake for approx 75 mins [large size] or 55 mins [smaller cakes] at 350°F - 180°C.  Cooking times may vary depending on your oven.

*If you are using general purpose flour, you will need to add a teaspoon each of baking powder and bicarb soda.  I prefer the convenience of self-raising flour.

Also see The Healing Powers of Apples and Honey


LondonMale said...

Thank you.
I love honey cake and I love chocolate cake so a combination will be excellent for me.
In moderation of course!
Kativah v Chatimah Tova v L'Shana Tova v Metuka

Anonymous said...

Oh, Thank you Dear Devorah for sharing your recipe.

Have not baked in quite a while, but will try it out, bli neder, and also will let you know how it turned out. Cause i am out of practice.

Shana Tova,to you and your readers and Hashem bless you all. Amein.


GoldieZP said...

I have all the ingredients in the house now. Thank you for sharing this recipe and for the reason behind the lekach.

Neshama said...

Devorah, thank you for this recipe. I also have one for gluten free people that I may post on my blog. So if anyone is GF hop on over to

Batya said...

This post is included in the Last Havel Havelim of 5776

Shanah Tovah!

Batya said...

This post is included in the Last Havel Havelim of 5776

Shanah Tovah!

Batya said...

This post is included in the Last Havel Havelim of 5776

Shanah Tovah!

sophia boswell said...

i love this recipe i went today and got all the ingrediants we are going to make it for rosh hashana toda the kids are so excited sopiha bpswell