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Medovik | Russian Honey Cake

For this month's International Food Challenge we are travelling to world's largest country - Russia. Russian cuisine is diverse and derives from the great expanses of culture and influence, resulting in bringing more refined foods and culinary techniques. This month's host Saraswathi of Sara's Kitchen gave 3 authentic recipes from Russia, out of which I chose medovik.

Medovik is a soft, moist and rich honey cake and is very popular in Russia. This multi-layered cake is made of flat cookie layers, soaked with a creamy caramel filling. Making this cake needs some amount of patience and time too, but I can assure you that it is worth all the efforts. Also this is a special occasion as my little blog has completed 3 years. I would like to thank all my friends and readers for the constant support and lovely feedback.


{ Russian 8-layer honey cake with a creamy caramel filling }
Recipe Source ~ Cooking Melangery
Serves 8-10


For the layers:
5 cups all-purpose flour / maida
1 cup granulated sugar
3 eggs
113g / ½ cup unsalted butter
2 tbsp honey
1 ½ tsp baking soda

For the filling:
2 cups milk
2 eggs
2 tbsp cornflour
8 oz / 227g dulce de leche (milk caramel)
1 tbsp honey
113g / ½ cup unsalted butter, softened


For the layers:
1. In a small bowl whisk together the eggs and set aside.

2. In a saucepan, bring 2 inches water to a simmer. In a heatproof bowl, add sugar, butter and honey and place over the simmering water. Melt it, stirring occasionally using a whisk.

3. Now add the whisked eggs and mix for about 3-4 minutes. Add baking soda and cook for one more minute. The mixture should be fluffy and double the size.

4. Transfer the egg-butter mixture to a mixer and add the flour. Mix on low speed until just combined. The dough should be warm, soft and little sticky. Do not put more flour.

5. Transfer the dough onto a lightly floured surface and bring together gently. Knead the dough few times and form into a ball.

6. Divide the dough into 8 equal pieces. Shape each piece into a ball. Cover them with plastic wrap or kitchen towel to prevent from drying.

7. Preheat the oven to 190 C | 375 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

8. On a lightly floured surface, roll out one ball into a thin circle. Use the bottom of a cake pan or round bowl, cut around it with a knife to make a circle.

9. Place this and the remaining scraps on the baking sheet. Using a fork, prick the dough in several places. Bake for 3-5 minutes. Repeat for remaining balls.

10. Process the cooked scraps in a food processor until  breadcrumb stage is reached. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.

To make the filling:

1. Whisk the 2 eggs in a small bowl. Add ½ milk and cornflour and whisk until smooth.

2. In a saucepan, heat the remaining 1 ½ cups of milk, but do not boil. Add the whisked egg-milk mixture to the warm milk.

3. Bring this to a simmer over medium heat, whisking constantly until it becomes very thick. Remove from the heat and cool. Whisk in the honey, butter and dulce de leche.

To assemble the cake:

1. Place a cake layer and top it with ½ cup of the filling and spread evenly. Repeat with all the cake layers.

2. Some of the frosting will come out of the sides when the layers are done. Spread it evenly over the sides. Sprinkle the crushed cake scraps over the sides and on top of the cake.

3. Leave the cake in the refrigerator for about 8 hours or overnight.

Notes and Tips
  • If you don't have a mixer, transfer the egg-butter mixture to large mixing bowl and add the flour. Combine with a spatula gently until it comes together. Then transfer to floured surface and knead.
  • Whisk the milk-egg mixture until it gets very thick. If it is not thick, the filling will be watery and it will be difficult to spread.


  1. Wow!!! Just look at that... so fantastic! All the hard work can be seen... congrats on three years of blogging... that's quite a good journey, wish you many more...

  2. Congratulations on completing 3 years! This cakes looks majestic! Awesome!

  3. Medovik looks perfect dear.congrats sona dear for the milestone. Many more to come

  4. Wow, the cake looks awesome, love the layers, congrats on 3 years of blogging, keep going..

  5. Congrats on your blog anniversary, wish you many more successful years. First time hearing of this cake, looks fantastic and inviting too.

  6. Congratulations sona .This cake looks just awesome .Thanks for your comments in my space..Stay in touch

  7. Congratulations on your milestone and Keep rocking.. Medovik looks absolutely stunning and you nailed it perfectly..

  8. Congrats dear.......... cake looks spectacular !

  9. Congrats on your blog's birthday,way to go dear..The cake looks so neatly arranged layers,yummy!

  10. Congrats on the blog's 3rd anniversary.. Seems a lot of work but still the cake looks fabulous.

  11. Congratulations on completing 3 years of blogging..!!!

  12. Congrats,cake looks awesome

  13. Wow. This Cake looks splendid..Congrats dear.

  14. Awesome cake dear.. You have done it so well.. Congrats dear on completing 3 yrs..

  15. Love the beautiful layers in this cake, looks fabulous.. congrats on the milestone!

  16. Lovely recipe, and I like the idea of having the filling in every bite with so many layers:)

  17. G'day and congrats on completed the IFC food challenge! Your cake takes the cake! Beautiful photos and WOW!
    Cheers! Joanne @ What's On The List


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