Twice Baked Honey Cakes

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Beorns Honey Cakes The Hobbit Inspired Recipe


These twice baked honey cakes are slightly crispy on the outside, but dense and moist on the inside, plus full of amazing honey flavor. This Hobbit inspired cake recipe is a perfect treat for breakfast, dessert, or an afternoon snack!


Have you ever read a book or watched a movie and been so intrigued by the description of the food within that you can’t stop thinking about it? Happens to me ALL the time! Sometimes the descriptions of the food, which is totally supposed to be supporting background information, can really heighten the experience of the story. The descriptions of how the food looks, smells and sometimes even tastes, can be so enticing, especially when its a “new food” you aren’t familiar with, but can totally guess what it would taste like. I love it when the authors take the time to really build up the world the characters live in, don’t you?


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Easy Twice Baked Honey Cakes Recipe - sugar free


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These delightful honey cakes are best known from The Hobbit (although they are also mentioned in Game of Thrones as being a favorite of Catelyn Stark! In my mind they are totally the same thing). Remember Beorn, the lonely guy in the woods who shape shifts into a bear? These honey cakes are one of his creations, and he gives a stack of them to the dwarves, Gandalf, and Bilbo on their journey to the Lonely Mountain.  These twice baked cakes are supposed to keep a “good long time”, soaked in honey, and apparently made you very thirsty. In the book Fellowship of the Ring, Gimli the dwarf compares the honey cakes to the elvish Lembas bread, stating that the Beornings are some of the best bakers that he knows of. So, these little cakes are supposed to be good travel food, contain lots of honey, and taste great! Beorn’s honey cake recipe is actually a secret (says so in the book), so of course what they actually were like is hotly contested. Uh.. can fictional based food be hotly contested? I suppose in the right circles… Let’s just assume I am right, though, yeah?


Lord of the Rings Cake recipe


This honey cake recipe is super easy to make, and one of those lovely treats that works great for dessert, breakfast, or as a triumphant treat when you realize that both your kids are at school at you have the house to yourself.  The twice baking gives the cakes a little bit of a crispy crust, while keeping the insides perfectly moist and dense. There is a full cup of honey in this recipe, so they are perfectly sweet and (as long as you use a great tasting honey), really flavorful. I left a full dozen on my counter to cool and came back to find 3 sets of sticky fingers and crumby faces in my kitchen, and significantly less honey cakes. While they might last “a good long while”, you will find that these Hobbit inspired honey cakes will quickly disappear from your kitchen.


Hobbit Inspired Cake Recipe - Honey Cakes


Tricks to Make this Recipe Awesome:

  • Use a high quality local honey that is full of flavor for the best flavor in the cakes.
  • Use fresh ground nutmeg!
  • Make sure you really grease the muffin wells really, really well. Use super soft (but not melted) butter and a silicone pastry brush to kind of “paint” the inside of each muffin well. Don’t use cooking spray, don’t use muffin liners – you won’t get the same effect here. Use real butter, and lots of it!
  • Place the muffins on a sit-pat lined baking sheet for their second baking.
  • Heat the last 1/4 cup of honey in the microwave for about 10 seconds before drizzling on the tops of the cakes before their second baking.


Twice Baked Honey Cakes recipe



Yield: 12 Cakes

Twice Baked Honey Cakes

Twice Baked Honey Cakes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature (plus about 3 TBSP for greasing muffin pans)
  • zest 1 lemon
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup high quality honey + 1/4 cup honey for drizzling on top
  • 1 tsp vanilla


  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. Using a silicone pastry brush and really, really soft butter, "paint" the inside of the muffin wells to grease them. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg and lemon zest.
  4. Using a fork, or very clean fingers, mix in the room temperature butter to the flour mixture until it looks like a sandy/gravely mixture. Set aside.
  5. In a small bowl whisk together the milk, eggs, honey, and vanilla.
  6. Pour the liquids over the dry mixture and combine until just combined - do not over-mix.
  7. Spoon the batter into 12 muffin wells - it will be between 1/4 cup and 1/3 cup of batter each.
  8. Bake for 16 minutes, or until mostly done but not quite golden enough.
  9. Remove from the muffin pan (Be super careful, its hot! This is why you want to grease the pan really well!) and place the muffins on a silpat lined rimmed baking sheet.
  10. Warm the remaining 1/4 cup honey in the microwave for about 10 seconds.
  11. Using a silicone pastry brush, coat the tops of the cakes with the honey (its ok for it to drip down the sides). Allow to sit for about 5 minutes to let the honey soak into the cakes.
  12. Bake for an additional 8-10 minutes, or until the cakes are golden brown.
  13. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
  14. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving:Calories: 180 Total Fat: 2g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 33mg Sodium: 183mg Carbohydrates: 39g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 24g Protein: 4g


Looking for other fun Book Based Recipes? Check out these Harry Potter and Game of Thrones inspired recipes:

Harry Potter’s Cauldron Cakes

Harry Potter Cauldron Cakes

Game of Throne’s Lemon Cakes for Sansa Stark 

Sansa Stark Lemon Cakes




  • Reply
    September 15, 2017 at 7:11 PM

    Yum! I love the hobbit and LOTR! These are right up my alley!

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    Debi at Life Currents
    September 16, 2017 at 1:30 PM

    These look super yummy, and I love how they are based on a book. I would love to make them for a nice brunch.

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    September 16, 2017 at 2:09 PM

    These sound sooo good!!! I love a bite one these little cakes!!!

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    Monica | Nourish & Fete
    September 16, 2017 at 5:44 PM

    These are just charming, and look like they have a wonderful texture! Love the GoT reference, as well. 🙂

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    September 16, 2017 at 7:19 PM

    Oh, those honey cakes look like they’d lust melt in your mouth. Love the story too.

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    Jeni @ Biscuits & Booze
    September 16, 2017 at 8:07 PM

    I am also a huge reader and spend way too much time pondering the foods I find between the pages. I love that you made honey cakes! And also those Lemon Cakes for Sansa are calling to me 🙂

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    Denise Wright
    September 18, 2017 at 11:23 PM

    I am not much of a baker with these looks so good I’m going to have to try it! I’ve been craving honey lately so this came at the right time!

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    Analida Braeger
    September 19, 2017 at 2:00 AM

    I love the Hobbit story and how this brings back memories! I also love buying local honey because someone told me it can help desensitize seasonal allergies and it works. I need to bake some of these! Thanks for the great recipe!

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    September 22, 2017 at 7:06 PM

    Oh my gosh, I love this! What a fantastic idea! These we be so great at a Tolkien themed party. So fun!

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    Abby @ WinsteadWandering
    September 23, 2017 at 3:14 AM

    I love the idea of brushing the hot cakes with honey. So much flavor!

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    dixya @food, pleasure, and health
    September 23, 2017 at 2:37 PM

    i absolutely love books with recipes in it..i made one bread recipe and it made the whole booking reading and stories come out alive 🙂 this sounds like an awesome recipe with coffee.

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    Marisa Franca @ All Our Way
    September 24, 2017 at 1:02 PM

    I totally agree with you about being intrigued by the recipes mentioned in a book. I want to make that recipe and experience the flavor and feel the texture. The honey cakes sound wonderful. I’ll have to make them and perhaps I’ll pick up on the stories you wrote about.

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    September 24, 2017 at 2:46 PM

    My daughter would love this dessert. She loves anything that is muffin like.

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    September 24, 2017 at 4:49 PM

    Jenni these photos are just gorgeous!! They give a real sense of the hobbit/GOT worlds – love it!! The honey cakes sound just divine as well, so yummy!

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    Kimberly @ Berly's Kitchen
    September 24, 2017 at 8:18 PM

    These sound delicious! I could eat several of these in one sitting. They’d make a great side dish. 🙂

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    September 25, 2017 at 2:12 AM

    Oh man, these look amazing! I can only imagine how delicious they smell straight out of the oven and taste. Definitely hope to make these soon!

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    September 25, 2017 at 11:29 AM

    These sounds so perfect for Rosh Hashanah – I wish I saw this recipe last week! Beautiful photos.

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    Carol Borchardt
    September 26, 2017 at 2:45 PM

    These are adorable! What a perfect treat for kids, too!

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    November 29, 2017 at 3:58 PM

    I made these on Thanksgiving and they were a total hit! 12 full size muffins were immediately demolished by 5 people. For the second baking, I just used parchment paper instead of a silpat lining. Also, for some reason when I was reading the recipe and looking at the photos I assumed the final muffins would be dry and crunchy. Not the case at all! They were moist and spongy on the inside, with crystallized crispy honey on the outside. Just perfect. I plan to make these again at Christmas! So delicious!

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      November 30, 2017 at 7:38 PM

      I am so glad to hear these turned out so well for you, Amy! So glad you enjoyed them!

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    Ricardo Reis
    September 30, 2018 at 9:57 AM

    Couldn’t bellieve when I google it and found your site. Tolkien addict, just had the curiosity, when for the “uncountable” time that readin’ “the hobbit” , to look after the recipe. Nice job, my dear. Try to make it here. Later, I ‘ll tell you the result. It will be a companion for many adventures, even while readin’, even on trekking. God bless you.

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    March 4, 2019 at 7:11 PM

    Jenni, it looks perfect and tasty! Can’t wait to have this anytime of the day, love it!

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    March 18, 2019 at 6:24 PM

    Jenny, that recipe looks so yummy! I’ll have to try that one. Thanks for sharing.

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    May 28, 2019 at 7:24 PM

    These muffins look amazing! But for the sake of consistency, since Beorn Himself was a strict vegetarian, is there a way to make these muffins without eggs?

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      May 29, 2019 at 11:07 AM

      Ha! Good catch! To replace the eggs with a vegetarian alternative, you can use ground flax seed! For each egg, mix 1 Tablespoon of ground flaxseed with 3 Tablespoons of water and mix really well. Let it sit about 5 minutes, until it’s good and gelatinous. This method works really well for pancakes, muffins, and other baked goods!

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    July 23, 2019 at 5:11 AM

    My kids loved this recipe! Now, my 9 year old wants to have a cake made out of these cupcakes! I want to make them ahead of time. How would you recommend I do it? Freeze them after the first baking? then thaw and do the second baking the day of the party? Would appreciate your expertise!

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    September 8, 2019 at 6:10 PM

    Fun idea, but I’m frustrated by a few things. My main question is: how on earth do you achieve a gravely texture to the flour when cutting into room temperature butter? Every recipe I have every read/followed recommends using cold butter to achieve this texture. My mixture just balled up and I had to break out the electric mixer to get the wet to blend into the dry properly. I do wish that you’d included more information as to what the batter will be like (it’s pretty liquid-y, not at all like a typical cupcake batter), and how to test for done-ness on the first bake (mine were still soggy enough on the bottom to slightly lose their shape when I transferred them to a baking sheet). My take is that these are basically a twice-baked custard. Pictures of the process would greatly improve your blog, and help achieve a more successful bake on the first go-round.

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      September 23, 2019 at 6:24 PM

      Hi Yvonne! Thanks for the feedback! I will definitely add some process photos for you to help you achieve better cakes. They should have turned out cake-like and not at all like a custard.

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