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A taste of Russia - Honey cake

A taste of Russia – Honey cake

Want to make your valentine a homemade treat? Look no further than this scrumptious Russian cake!

Medovik is a very traditional Soviet time cake that consists of cake layers with a creamy filling sandwiched in-between. In comparison to a sponge cake, honey cake does take some effort but it’s definitely worth it, even if you’re not normally a honey fan.
So, meet the fantastic Medovy tort, or Medovik!

Ingredients you will need:

110g Honey
1tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
1tsp Lemon Juice (mix into Bicarbonate of Soda)
50ml Cognac
60g Butter
2 Eggs
450g White Flour.

For the cream:

500g Sour Cream
300g Whipping Cream
150g Sugar
(An alternative cream filling can be made with 400g sweet condensed milk mixed with 200g softened butter)


In a big saucepan add the honey, soda, cognac and butter and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and mix in the 2 eggs with a fork.

Add 450g of flour and stir the mixture with a wooden spatula until smooth. Return the pot to the heat and heat until the dough becomes a smooth, elastic lump. the dough is now ready!

Divide the dough into 8 pieces and, while still warm, roll out into squares (or circles, depending which cake shape you prefer), approximately 25 by 25 cm. If the dough gets cold by time you roll it, you can heat it slightly in the microwave. You might need to grease the rolling pin with a vegetable oil, if the dough gets sticky.

Bake each layer at 180C for about 3 minutes. It makes sense to grease each layer, once they’re ready, with a small amount of sour cream to soften.

Now, mix the ingredients for the filling.

Next, crumble one cake layer, mixing in chopped walnuts to cover the top and sides of the cake. Layer the cake sections on top of each other with cream filling in the middle and press crumbs into the top layer and sides. Leave in the fridge for 6 hours and… that’s it!

Enjoy your cake and share your attempts with us in comments!