Welcome to Day 3 of the 12 Days of giveaways. If you haven’t yet visited, I invite you to enter  for a chance to win Day 1 and Day2!

In honor of the third giveaway, I made this honey pound cake. This cake is moist, tender and has the lovely undertones of honey. Yum. I used the Nordicware Heritage Bundt Pan to bake it because it’s one of my favorite pans. Everything comes out looking so elegant when it’s baked in this pan.

So why a honey pound cake? Because Day 3 of giveaways is a gift from Royal Hawaii Honey!

On the third day of giveaways, Kirbie’s Cravings gave to me…
Raw Lehua Honey!

(Note: though not part of the Day 3 giveaway, here is the rest of the giveaways for purposes of completing the song, which goes to the tune of the 12 days of Christmas)

  • five chocolate bars (Day 2)
  • and $25 to Oh! Nuts (Day 1)

I first tasted Royal Hawaii Honey at the Foodbuzz Festival Tasting Pavilion. I love honey so when I saw their sign, I made a quick beeline for their booth. Royal Hawaii Honey offers three flavors of raw, organic honey that is harvested in Hawaii. How cool is that? Tropical Traders distributes the honey from Oakland, CA.

I love raw honey because it is so versatile. It’s easy to spread, melt, bake with, or to eat by the spoonful.  (No more squeezing to death the honey bear to get drops of honey out.) I had no idea the depth of honey until I sampled Royal Hawaii honey. It’s not just regular ol’ honey. Instead, Royal Hawaii offers three different flavors of honey: Macadmia Nut Blossom, Christmas Berry, and Lehua. Tasting the different honey flavors was like wine tasting, with all the different flavors swirling in my mouth. My favorite honey was the Lehua Honey, which is only offered for a limited three months every year. The honey is a light golden color, and has overtones of butterscotch.

There’s a couple of things that make Royal Hawaii honey stand out: it comes from Hawaii.; it is certified organic; and it is 100% raw. This means that all the nutrients and benefits of honey remain since the honey has not been heated or processed, like a lot of the honey forms sold at supermarkets.

I contacted Royal Hawaii Honey to see if they would participate in my giveaway, and they generously offered to provide one lucky reader with a jar of raw, organic Lehua Honey.

I received a jar as well, and after excitedly eating a spoonful, I used some of the honey to make this honey pound cake.

Entering Day 3 of giveaways is easy. One lucky reader will be selected at random, through a number generated by random.org. Please note, this giveaway is limited to US readers. Contest ends at midnight, PST, December 15, 2010.

To enter, leave a comment at the end of this post telling me how you like to eat honey.  Eat it plain? On bread? In your tea? Etc.

For an additional entry:

Follow me on twitter (if you don’t already) and tweet the following message:

“Win Royal Hawaii Lehua Honey http://bit.ly/ffry6j @kirbiecravings”

Good luck!  And remember, you can still enter the following giveaways:

Day 2: Ghiradelli chocolate bars
Day 1: Gift certificate to Oh! Nuts

Honey Pound Cake (adapted from Sweet Kat’s Kitchen)

3 cups cake flour

¼ tsp. baking soda
¼ tsp. salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
2 cups granulated sugar
6 eggs
1 cup sour cream
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
3 1/2 Tbsp honey (if you are using raw honey, heat up the honey and melt it before adding to the batter)


1. Preheat oven to 325ºF. Spray a 10 to 12 cup Bundt baking pan with nonstick baking spray containing flour.
2. Sift together the flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
3. In large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add half the flour mixture and mix on low speed. Then add in the sour cream, honey and vanilla extract and mix again. Finally add in the rest of the flour and mix until everything is just blended.  Pour the batter into the prepared pan and spread evenly. Bake for 65-75 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Dust with confectioner’s sugar before serving.


62 Responses to “Day 3 of Giveaways and Honey Pound Cake”

  1. Christine — December 8, 2010 at 2:43 am

    I use honey in one of my favorite cocktails along with soymilk, cinnamon, and peach schnapps. It tastes much better than it sounds–I promise!

  2. Alice — December 8, 2010 at 3:07 am

    I love drinking honeyed water. The subtle taste is delicious. :P

  3. Vivienne — December 8, 2010 at 3:18 am

    what an elegant bundt pan! looks like some modern architecture :D

  4. Jenn — December 8, 2010 at 3:24 am

    Honey on a hot biscuit :)

  5. Ivanna — December 8, 2010 at 6:00 am

    I love adding honey to oatmeal–it’s a great natural sweetener!

  6. Niki — December 8, 2010 at 6:43 am

    I love honey over peanut butter on a slice of whole grain bread!

  7. Sandy — December 8, 2010 at 8:40 am

    I’ve never tried raw honey, and this one sounds very yummy! I usually just put honey in tea.

  8. leanne — December 8, 2010 at 8:56 am

    I love honey in my tea, and also on peanut butter toast. Good honey I’ll eat by the spoonful, but I’ve never thought to bake with it!

  9. Amy — December 8, 2010 at 9:54 am

    I love it plain

  10. Sophie — December 8, 2010 at 9:54 am

    I love honey with butter on bread. YUM

  11. Max — December 8, 2010 at 9:55 am

    I like honey on my muffins

  12. Meng — December 8, 2010 at 9:55 am

    I like eating honey just plain.

  13. Michele G. — December 8, 2010 at 11:05 am

    I love to put honey in steeped ginger water, especially on cold days.

  14. Jackie — December 8, 2010 at 11:35 am

    I must make that bundt cake!
    Whenever I have a sore throat, my mom always makes me a cup of hot water with preserved lemons and honey. It’s so good and effective! My favorite way of using honey though is adding it into bread recipes so there’s a subtle sweetness to it.

  15. Vicki Chester — December 8, 2010 at 11:41 am

    I like to put honey in my tea.

  16. mona — December 8, 2010 at 11:54 am

    Toast, with peanut butter and honey!

  17. Rosie — December 8, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    I love using honey in marinades, and I actually like it in coffee, too!!

  18. Mary — December 8, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    I just wanted to say I love your bundt pans. Honey – I like it in my tea.

  19. Soo — December 8, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    I love to add honey to my bbq sauce then bbq ribs with it!

  20. Adam — December 8, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    I love honey straight on a spoon!

  21. Amy — December 8, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    I like it on a biscuit with some butter!

  22. Sommer — December 8, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    Tea, toast, peanut butter/honey/and whatever else sandwiches….I love honey!

  23. Patty W — December 9, 2010 at 2:37 am

    That raw honey looks so delicious – I don’t think I have ever had raw honey before!

    We like to eat honey a few ways around here – on toast, in our tea, but my favorite is drizzled and stirred into some Greek yogurt. So good!

    Thanks for the chance to win.

  24. Roxan — December 9, 2010 at 8:18 am

    hi! yes, i hope to win this one too. I’m selfish that way. but i’m asian, so isn’t that a given? ;)

    • Kirbie replied: — December 9th, 2010 @ 9:24 am

      Haha, there’s nothing wrong with wanting to win them all. ;-)

  25. Annapet — December 9, 2010 at 9:49 am

    I love this bundt pan! Probably my favorite ;-)

  26. Faye — December 9, 2010 at 10:22 am

    Your honey beer bread recipe is great way to use Honey!

  27. Erica — December 9, 2010 at 10:43 am

    i love my honey on bread with some nice aged cheese!

  28. Tina — December 9, 2010 at 10:54 am

    I drink honey in my green tea every morning. It tastes so much better than sugar :) The cake looks beautiful!

  29. Nicole O. — December 9, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    this honey looks so delicious!

  30. Jen — December 9, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    Well, I’d love to try some honey in this bundt cake, but I do like putting honey in hot tea, or even just hot water.

  31. Julie — December 9, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    on warm cornbread with a bowl of chili!

  32. Daphne — December 9, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    I always drink honeyed green tea every morning before breakfast!

  33. Jessica — December 9, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    Mixed with water

  34. Yang — December 9, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    I love honey with fried nuggets!

  35. Raechel — December 9, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    I LOVE the look of this cake! I need to write that down for my wishlist! I like honey in my tea, with toast in the morning along with some raisins and Nutella. I also use honey drizzled on top of Greek yogurt with cranberries and granola to boot.

  36. Debbie Terry — December 9, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    I mix up honey and peanut butter and eat is as apple dip!

  37. Carly — December 9, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    I like having my honey on toasted English muffins. Peanut butter, honey, and banana sandwiches are also delicious, though!

  38. LoveChocolates — December 9, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    I like honey in my tea or coffee.

  39. Cliff — December 9, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    Honey in NACHOS so delicious!

  40. Julie — December 10, 2010 at 11:24 am

    Honey and butter on cornbread

  41. tigerfish — December 10, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    I like to stir in honey into my breakfast oats! And marinating chicken wings!

  42. Becky Z — December 10, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    in a peanut butter and honey sandwich!

  43. Susan — December 11, 2010 at 7:35 am

    I love honey and butter on whole wheat toast or cornbread.

  44. cassie — December 11, 2010 at 10:24 am

    Absolutely love how delicious this cake looks, I’m going to have to try this recipe! As for honey… I love to put honey on cornbread!

  45. Kristen — December 11, 2010 at 10:59 am

    On a piece of toast with cream cheese and a little bit of salt.
    Another favorite is with bananas!

    I’ve never had raw honey, but it looks super tasty!

  46. Eric S — December 11, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    i just like honey on bread

  47. Becky — December 11, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    Honey is tied with cranberries as my favorite ingredient.
    I have it with lemon and hot water, in tea, mixed with butter or peanut butter, in cookie recipes…and of course, straight off the spoon. I remember once I was even inspired to make honeyed wine after I read the Odyssey again.
    I have three roommates, and they are all amazed and a little appalled at the amount of honey I go through in a month (I have four different local raw varieties right now). I also love trying different kinds of honey, so I’d love the chance to try some from Hawaii! At any rate, I can’t wait to try your recipe. Thanks!

  48. Ambika — December 11, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    Hey Kirbie! I love this cake, looks absolutely gorgeous! And I would love to win this giveaway cuz I like honey on everything, my tea, cereal and of course on my toasts :) And honey’s the best salad dressing!!! What say?

  49. michelle — December 12, 2010 at 5:29 am

    I love nordicware, pound cake, and honey! I made a gingerbread cake in the bavarian nordicware pan last night.

    we eat a lot of honey. After having so many allergy problems, we eat a lot of local honey and have noticed a change in our allergies.

    We like honey on hot biscuits and I use it in a lot of recipes. It is the perfect sweetener.

  50. foodies at home — December 12, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    I always put honey in my tea on a daily basis, but I also LOVE honey in a sweet salad vinaigrette. Beautiful cake by the way!

  51. Emily — December 12, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    I love honey, peanut butter, and cinnamon sandwiches, so delicious!

  52. toadliy — December 13, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    Favorite drink: honey, lemon juice, and a bit of ginger mixed together in hot water. The perfect thing to warm you up in the winter, or soothe your throat when you’re sick. Favorite food: toasted english muffin with butter and honey.

  53. Mona — December 13, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    I love honey in oatmeal, tea, even cereal! But recently, my go-to snack has been spreading almond butter on a piece of toast and drizzling it with generous amounts of honey! It’s beyond delicious!

  54. caninecologne — December 14, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    hi kirbie – i like to eat honey with pb sandwiches

  55. Mariefe — December 15, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    I like honey in tea, ice cream, cookies, candy, chocolate, w/peanut butter sandwiches and basically any dessert.

  56. Michelle C — December 15, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    With hot water & cinnamon! :)

  57. Sabrina — December 15, 2010 at 11:43 pm

    Honey Green Milk Tea

  58. issi — January 24, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    Thanks for beautiful cake.
    Can I please help us get this cake mold where I prepare?

    • Kirbie replied: — January 24th, 2011 @ 11:49 pm

      I bought the mold from Amazon. If you click on the link on my post, it will take you to the one I bought.

  59. Raw Honey Benefits — August 23, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    I’ll definitely have to try this one. I’m glad to find recipes that specifically call for raw honey. It’s so much better and infinitely more adaptable than the traditional, mass made stuff.

  60. Ttrockwood — December 13, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    I love honey on my fresh apples with cinnamon

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