Pain de Gênes Cake Recipe

A French cake or quick bread is called a pain d’épices. Le Dictionnaire de l’Académie française lists “rye flour, honey, and spices” as its ingredients. A generous custom exists in Alsace that includes a dash of cinnamon. Honey, rye flour, and spices
France is the primary country of origin of Pain d’epices. Cake

Pain d’epices Cake

Pain d’epices Cake Recipe

This recipe for pain d'epices, a traditional French spice bread, calls for rye flour and a hearty mixture of ground spices that have been sweetened with honey. Discover how to create pain d'epice cake at home.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine France
Calories 2302 kcal


  • 1 1/2 cups rye flour
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2/3 cup  honey
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1 pic egg
  • 1/2 cup  butter softened
  • 1 pinch salt


  • The first step is to preheat your oven to 150°C (300°F), then line or butter a loaf pan.
  • Place the rye flour, ground ginger, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, and baking powder in a sizable mixing basin. Pour the honey in, quickly swirl it with a spoon, and then blend on low speed with a handheld mixer or stand mixer with the paddle attachment.
  • Add the milk, sugar, egg, softened butter, and salt one at a time, stirring slowly after each addition.
  • Pour the mixture into a loaf pan once it has been thoroughly blended. Don't forget to use the back of a spoon to smooth the top.
  • Enjoy a slice of your freshly baked pain d'epices after baking for 45 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean.


Nutrition Information:
  • Fat 101g 155%
  • Saturated Fat 61g 381%
  • Cholesterol 414mg 138%
  • Sodium 2053mg 89%
  • Potassium 1235mg 35%
  • Carbohydrates 347g 116%
  • Fiber 20g 83%
  • Sugar 227g 252%
  • Protein 26g 52%
Keyword Pain d’epices Cake

Final Thought:

The recipe for pain d’epices, forgive the pun, tops the list for pure olfactory goodness. We guarantee that as soon as you open the oven door, your house will fill with the perfume of ginger, cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg, making your stomach growl. Take a piece, smear it with butter, then pair it with some hot tea or milk. Bliss.

I'm Jennifer Tirrell, a self-taught baker, and founder of CakeRe. As an experienced baker and recipe publisher, I have spent over a decade working in the kitchen and have tried and tested countless baking tools and products. From classic cakes to creative twists, I've got you covered. So grab your apron and let's get baking!

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