Navajo Cake Recipe

Navajo cake is a classic cake from the Southwestern United States that is traditionally served as a special occasion dessert. This recipe creates an ultra-moist cake that is bursting with sweet and nutty flavor, and topped off with a creamy, rich frosting. Perfect for any gathering, Navajo cake is a delectable treat that you’re sure to love!


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 2/3 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped nuts (optional)
  • 1/2 cup honey


For the Cake:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In another bowl, whisk together the eggs, sour cream, butter, and vanilla extract until smooth. Slowly add the wet mixture to the dry ingredients, stirring to combine.
  4. Fold in the chocolate chips and nuts (if desired).
  5. Pour the batter into a greased 9×13 inch baking pan.
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
For the Frosting:

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the honey and butter until light and fluffy.
  2. Spread the frosting over the cooled cake and enjoy!