Honey cake is also known as Medovik. It is a classic Russian cake that has many layers. The layers are infused with honey and filled with the most delicious frosting!
This honey cake is so good. Always so mouthwatering and moist! This recipe was given to me by my mom. She has been making this cake for years. Let me tell you, it never disappoints! No one only eats one slice.
What is honey cake?
Honey cake is a classic Russian dessert. It is also known as Medovik. The cake layers are infused with honey. Which are then rolled out into thin layers. The frosting is so creamy and smooth. The dulce de leche addition gives a delicious flavor to the frosting. The thin layers soak up all the delicious frosting, making the cake so soft and moist. This cake never turns out dry!
This cake is definitely a must for any occasion! It does take a little extra time to prepare. However, it is definitely worth the effort once you take the first bite. With a few tips and tricks you will be able to make this cake at home and wow your family and friends!
How to make the cake
Mix half of the sugar with the eggs until pale and set aside.
On a double broiler combine the other half of the sugar, butter and honey. You will continue cooking the mixture until the sugar is dissolved. This can take up to 10 minutes. Once the sugar is dissolved, add the baking soda and stir until it’s foamy and doubled in size. Take off heat. (Cool for a few minutes if the mixture is hot) Next add egg/sugar mixture to the honey/sugar/butter mixture, by tempering the eggs. Tempering the eggs ensures that the eggs don’t cook.
To temper: Mixing constantly, add a little bit of the egg/sugar mixture to the honey/sugar/butter mixture and mix. Then add the rest of the egg/sugar mixture. Mix until just combined.
Add flour 1 cup at a time until mixture becomes like a very, very soft dough.
Now you will roll the cake layers.
Rolling the cake layers is probably the most difficult part of the cake. It takes a little time. It will get easier with every cake layer. I usually get around 7-8 cake layers. However, this depends on how big you want the cake layers to be.
The cake layers bake very quickly. They bake around 3 minutes. Watch them closely!
- When you add the flour to the dough, the dough should be very, very soft, not firm. When you hold the dough in your hand, it should start falling.
- Before you roll out any cake layers make sure you have a template of how big you want your cake layers to be. I use a cake pan as my guide. Once you have your template, start rolling the dough. Cut the dough according to your template.
- After you cut your cake layers according to the template don’t throw away the scraps. Bake them with the cake layers and they can be used to decorate the cake. (make sure there is some room in between the cake layer and the scraps, so they don’t stick to the cake layer as it bakes)
- Roll the cake layers on parchment paper. The cake layers will be very thin and you won’t be able to transfer them if you roll them out on another surface.
- You can reuse the parchment paper. Once the cake layers are done, transfer to cool, cover, and start rolling your next cake layer on the same parchment paper.
- To make the process quicker, once the first layer is in the oven start rolling out the next cake layer.
- If you have a large baking sheet you can bake two cake layers at once. I usually flip the baking sheet upside down, and bake two cake layers at once.
- Watch the cake as it bakes! They bake very quickly!
- The cake layers will harden as they cool, which is normal. The frosting will soften up the cake layers.
Making the frosting
First you will whisk the heavy cream until stiff peaks form and set aside. In a mixer mix sour cream, honey, and dulce de leche until combined. Then fold everything in whipped heavy whipping cream.
You can find dulce de leche at your grocery store or you can make it on your own! If you make it on your own, all you need is a can of sweetened condensed milk. There are a few ways to make dulce de leche, but I’ve always cooked mine on the stove top.
- To cook dulce de leche: Place a can of sweetened condensed milk in a medium sauce pan. Fill with water, covering the can. On medium/low heat bring to a boil. Simmer for 2 ½ – 3 hours. The longer you cook the dulce de leche the darker and thicker it will be. NEVER LET THE WATER LEVEL FALL BELOW THE CAN. This can make the can explode! Add water as the dulce de leche cooks if the water level starts to fall. Once it is done cooking take off heat, and let it cool to room temperature BEFORE removing the can from the water. Cool completely.
This cake tastes best when it has been in the refrigerator over night. This ensures that the cake layers have had enough time to soak up all the frosting.
Store this honey cake in the refrigerator covered with plastic wrap.
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Honey cake, also known as Medovik, is a very moist soft cake. This cake has many cake layers that are infused with honey and frosted with delicious, creamy frosting.
- Prep Time: 50 minutes
- Cook Time: 40 minutes
- Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
- Yield: 8 slices 1x
- Category: Dessert
For the Cake
- 100 grams unsalted butter
- 1 cup granulated sugar, divided
- 3 tbsp honey
- 2 large eggs
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 3 cups all purpose flour, sifted
For the Frosting
- 500 grams sour cream
- 500 ml heavy whipping cream
- 1 can dulce de leche
- 2 tbsp honey
For the Cake
- In a mixer, mix ½ cup of sugar and eggs until pale in color. Set aside.
- Meanwhile, combine butter, honey, and ½ cup of sugar on a double boiler. Cook until sugar is dissolved. This can take up to 10 minutes.
- Add baking soda and stir until mixture doubles in size. Take off heat. (cool of a few minutes if very hot)
- Combine both mixtures by tempering. To temper: Mixing constantly, add a little bit of the egg/sugar mixture to the sugar/honey/butter mixture. Then add the rest of the egg/sugar mixture by whisking constantly.
- Add flour 1 cup at a time mixing after each addition with a spatula. You don’t want the mixture to be very think, just soft enough to roll out. It should be like a very, very soft dough. When you hold it in your hand, the dough should start falling.
- Divide the dough into 8 balls.
- Roll out the dough on a floured surface. Add more flour if the dough is sticking to the rolling pin. Cut the dough according to your template, but leave the scraps. Make sure there is some room in between the scraps and cake layer. You don’t want them to stick together when baking.
- Bake for about 3-5 minutes or until golden brown. Watch closely because the cake layers bake fast!
For the Frosting
- Mix the heavy whipping cream until stiff peaks form. Set aside.
- Mix sour cream, honey, and dulce de leche in a mixer until combined. Add the heavy whipping cream and fold until combined.
- Place first layer on a cake stand. Put a generous amount of frosting on the cake layer. Repeat until all cake layers are done.
- Crush the scraps of cake layers that were baked, and frost them on the sides/top of the cake.
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