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Russian Honey Cake Recipe

Experience the rich flavor of traditional Russian Honey Cake (Medovik) with this recipe. This cake is a true delicacy.

Russian Honey Cake, also known as “Medovik” is a traditional Russian dessert made of layers of delicate, buttery pastry and a sweet honey filling.
The cake is known for its characteristic layered structure, which is created by stacking thin sheets of pastry and filling, and can have as many as 20 layers. The pastry is typically made with flour, butter, sugar, and eggs and the filling is made from a mixture of honey, sour cream, and sometimes butter.

The cake is often decorated with a dusting of powdered sugar or cocoa powder, and sometimes drizzled with chocolate or caramel.
It has a rich, sweet flavor with a balance of honey and buttery taste, the texture is delicate, moist and crumbly.

Russian Honey Cake is a popular dessert in Russia and neighbouring countries, and it is often served on special occasions such as weddings, birthdays and holidays.
The cake has a unique taste and it’s considered a delicacy.


Russian Honey Cake Recipe

Cooking method: Baking
Cuisine: Russian
Courses: Dessert
Difficulty: intermediate
Prep timeCook TimeRest TimeTotal Time
30 min 40 min 15 min 85 min
Servings: 8 person
Calories: 730kcal
Best season: all

Russian Honey Cake, also known as “Medovik,”

is a traditional dessert that originated in Russia. The origins of the cake can be traced back to the 19th century, when it was first mentioned in Russian cookbooks.
The name “Medovik” comes from the Russian word “med,” which means honey, and refers to the sweet honey filling that is a key ingredient in the cake.

Russian Honey Cake Recipe
Experience the rich flavor of traditional Russian Honey Cake

The recipe for the cake is said to have been invented by the chef of Tsar Alexander I, who was looking for a new dessert to serve at the royal court.
The cake quickly became popular among the Russian nobility and eventually spread to the general population.

The traditional recipe for Medovik requires many thin layers of pastry and a long baking time, making it a time-consuming and labor-intensive dessert to prepare.
However, it’s popularity did not wane and it’s still a traditional cake in Russia and other neighboring countries. The recipe has evolved over time, with variations such as adding nuts, raisins, or chocolate to the filling.
Nowadays, it can be found in most bakeries and patisseries in Russia, and it’s enjoyed as a special treat.






  1. Preheat the oven

    to 180°C (350°F).

  2. To make the pastry, combine the flour and butter in a mixing bowl and mix until crumbly.

  3. Add the sugar and eggs and mix until a dough forms.

  4. Roll out the dough to a thickness of about 3mm (1/8 inch).

  5. Cut the dough into circles or square using a round or square cookie cutter or a glass or something square shaped.

  6. To make the filling, mix together the honey, sour cream, and butter in a mixing bowl.

  7. Place a dough circle or square on a baking sheet and spread a thin layer of filling on top.

  8. Repeat the process with remaining dough circles or squares and filling, stacking the layers as you go.

  9. Bake the cake for 30-40 minutes, or until the pastry is golden brown and the filling is bubbling.

  10. Allow the cake to cool to room temperature before dusting with powdered sugar and cacao mix (optional).

    Enjoy, Good Appetite!

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