Easy Russian Honey Cake

Easy Russian Honey Cake

Last week I discovered this honey cake recipe and I want to show it to you right now - it's quick and simple, but briliantly tasty. I haven't eaten a cake with such a whole taste, so fluffy, tender, flavourful and fresh in a very long while. It will certainly be the family favourite for a long time from now and it beats even the famous classic Medovik cake.

The layers are easy to prepare, there is no need for thin sheets or great kneading skills, just a bit of attention. My only suggestion here is to pick very fatty sour cream, 30% fat content. Or you can combine 20% fat cream with Mascarpone, to increase fat content and make the filling denser. 

Also, you can reduce the amounts of the ingredients to half and you get a smaller cake. You will only bake 1 oven sheet and will cut the cake into 3 smaller layers. If you use the amounts in the recipe, you'll have a huge cake, but, since it's so tasty, this won't be a problem... You can skip the fruit in the filling, but a few sour cherries will definitely make it more interesting.


300 g
400 g
5 tbsp
Baking soda
2 tsp
4 pieces
White flour
400 g
Sour cream
2 kg
can be combined with Mascarpone, for a denser consistency
Vanilla Extract
1 tbsp
Fresh fruits
100 g

Step by step


Combine 300g butter, 180g sugar and 5 tbsp honey in a heavy-bottomed pot.

Place the pot over medium heat and stir frequently until all the ingredients melt completely.


Then add 2 tsp baking soda.


Mix fast until the mixture makes a lot of foam and pot is filled with it.


After several minutes, the foam becomes less and it changes colour. 

Remove the pot from heat.


Allow the mixture to cool down on the table for 15-20 minutes. Stir occasionally, you will notice it gets more and more orange - it should.


Add the four eggs in turn, beat well with a whisk after each one.

Notice how the colour resembles the caramel.


At the end, add the flour, whisk well until the batter is not lumpy.


The batter should be like a thick liquid, just like cream or yogurt.


Tip the batter into 2 big baking sheets (the classic oven sheets), lined with parchment paper. If you have only 1 sheet, you'll have to bake the cakes in turn. Lift out the baked cake by pulling the paper, line with parchment paper again and tip into the remaining batter. 

Or, if you are making a smaller cake, of half of the quantities, use only one baking sheet and bake the cake in one turn.


Spread the batter evenly with the back of the spoon, covering the whole surface of the baking sheet. It might seem too thin, but it will rise in the oven.

Just make sure the batter is spread in an even layer.


Bake each layer for 15-20 minutes at 180 degrees C

Then let cool on the table until you prepare the filling, or until you assemble the cake.


Cut each layer into equal halves, trim the edges with a knife.

If you have one single layer, of half of the quantities, you can cut into 3 parts.


For the filling, combine together the cream with 220g sugar and vanilla extract. You don't need to use the mixer, beat with a spoon or a whisk. 

Arrange the layers one by one on a platter, spread generously with filling. Optionally, you can add some sour cherries or dried plums. Here I made jelly from sour cherry compote and I topped the filling with the fruit.


When you finish stacking the layers, spread out some more filling across the cake, on the laterals, too. 

Refrigerate for minimum 5-6 hours. I usually do this in the evening and refrigerate overnight.


You can notice the next day that the cream is absorbed. Initially, I made the filling using only 1.5 kg of cream. So I had to make 500g whipping cream to decorate it before serving, to look nicer and whiter.

So, save some filling for the next day to freshen up the cake.


You can crumble the bits from the trimmed edges and use them to decorate the sides.

Or add some walnuts or crumbled biscuits. But because the cake is so delicious, nobody will notice the looks, only the taste!


My girls topped it with fruits as well, as it was the New Year's Eve. It's up to you, only if you want it and if you have time.

It's so soft, tender, flavourful and really tasty, you must try it. Serve it cold with plenty of tea, coffee or milk... 


Quantity: 3 kg (15 servings)
Prep time: 60 min
Difficulty: easy
Ready in: 120 min
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Collections: Cakes, Cakes, Desserts

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