Solar Honey Cake

cats and Sun Oven

Any kind of honey can be used for this moist, sweet cake.

Sun Oven Honey Citrus Cake


For the Cake:

3 large eggs, at room temperature

1 cups honey

2/3 cup orange juice

1/4 cup sugar

3 tablespoons canola oil

1 tablespoon grated orange zest

1 tablespoon grated lemon zest

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt


1/2 cup honey

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Solar Cheesecake

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Solar Baked Coffee Cake

This cake is best when served warm making it ideal for a mid-afternoon solar baked snack. But don’t worry if you don’t finish it off all in one go, any leftovers can be stored in an airtight container and will still be good for a couple of days.

Solar Baked Coffee Cake

(adapted for the Sun Oven from Weight Watchers)



2 cups all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon five-spice powder

3/4 cup sugar

1 large egg, at room temperature

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Solar Chocolate Cake

I first heard about baking a cake with sauerkraut at Weight Watchers a few years ago but dismissed it thinking it couldn’t possibly be any good. Then my interest was piqued when I found another version of it in a cookbook called “America’s Best Lost Recipes”. Seems it wasn’t just some wacky weight loss gimmick after all.

Sun Oven Sauerkraut Chocolate Cake


2 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/3 cups sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

2/3 cup plus 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder, divided

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Solar Spice Cake

I used to have a recipe for honey cake that I really liked.

It was a combination of two recipes that I had cut out of magazines. Unfortunately, I never wrote it down and the magazine cuttings were lost a long time ago.

This version from the Weight Watchers website is not quite as good as I remember mine to be. However, it’s easy to make and with a little tweaking might just do the job. Next time I think I’ll forgo the sliced almonds – they add a nice crunch but they’re expensive – and replace them with some raisins mixed in with the applesauce and zest.

Sun Oven Honey Spice Cake

(Adapted for the Sun Oven from Weight Watchers)


1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

3/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/8 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

3/4 teaspoon ground allspice

2 large eggs

1/4 cup sugar

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Solar Upside-Down Cake

If you find that you Sun Oven baked cakes are coming out a little lopsided try baking an upside-down cake. Any imperfection disappears once it’s flipped over. That makes it an ideal candidate for Sun Oven cooking.

Sun Oven Apple Upside-Down Cake


1/4 cup packed light brown sugar

2 tablespoons butter

1 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

2 baking apples, peeled, halved, cored, and cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices (about 2 cups)

2 tablespoons water

1/3 cup dried cranberries

1 1/4 cups flour

1/4 cup sugar

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Solar Honey Cake

This easy to make cake comes out great in the Sun Oven. It’s good for an afternoon snack or breakfast.

Sun Oven Spiced Honey Cake


1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1/2 cup whole wheat flour

1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground ginger

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

1 teaspoon baking soda

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Maple, Raisins, and Sun

A cross between a cookie and a cake these maple syrup infused bars go well with an nice cup of tea. It’s another Weight Watchers recipe. I’ve been using a lot of those lately. It must be January.

Sun Oven Maple-Glazed Bars


1 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup whole-wheat flour

2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice

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Solar Blueberry Baked Bunt Cake

This simple cake will look prettier if you bake it in a bunt pan, I think mine got lost in the move, but it comes out just as good in a plain tube pan. Cut any leftover into slices that can be individually wrapped and frozen. Set a slice (or two) out on the counter before going to bed; toasted and topped with jam it makes a decadent breakfast treat. The recipe comes from Weight Watchers so you don’t have to feel guilty about having cake for breakfast.

Sun Oven Blueberry Bunt Cake


3 cups all-purpose flour

2 cups sugar

1 teaspoon baking powder

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 cup fat-free buttermilk

3 large eggs

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Cake Disaster

This simple almond cake is a traditional Italian recipe and one of my favorites. It has a firm, but fairly light texture and is an ideal mid-afternoon snack. I hadn’t baked one in a long time so when there didn’t seem to be enough batter to fill the pan I thought my memory might be faulty and that it would somehow double as it baked. Considering the fact that it contains no baking powder and very little flour that seemed unlikely, but I went ahead and put it in the Sun Oven anyway. I was also surprised to find that it was ready after only 45 minutes. Its baking time in a conventional oven is an hour at 350˚F so I expected it to take at least that long in the Sun Oven. And no, it didn’t expand during baking. I can’t believe it wasn’t until I tasted it, after taking the picture, that I figured out what went wrong – I forgot the sugar! So the Sun Oven definitely was not to blame.

Here’s the recipe. Hopefully yours will come out better than mine.


10 ounces raw almonds, about 2 cups

1 1/3 cup granulated sugar (very important)

8 egg whites

1/2 teaspoon salt

The peel of 1 lemon, grated

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