15 Layer Russian Honey Cake

75 mins (prep 45, cooking 30)
10 ingredients
16 servings
I recently tried a Russian Honey Cake, which was one of the yummiest cakes I have ever tasted. It was so nice I decided to find the recipe and learn to make it myself. It took me about 6 months searching the net (on websites mostly in Russian, which I definitely don't read or speak) translating from Russian using an online translator, and trying different recipes before I found this recipe, which has produced a result at least as nice as the one I tried. I baked 2 pieces at a time on baking paper on an oven tray. Each batch took just long enough to cook, that I had two more ready to swap when the first ones were done. The cream filling (and coating) is made from sour cream and sugar. The sour cream is simply whipped with the sugar until the sugar dissolves. The original recipe said to add sugar "by intuition"; I think you're supposed to keep adding more until it thickens, but the time I tried that it was too sickly sweet! I have also made the filling/coating using fresh cream - 750ml, soured with 1/2 cup lemon juice and beaten until just starting to thicken (you still use the sugar & honey). This was for a vegetarian who pointed out that the cultured sour cream I used had gelatin in it. A slightly different taste, but a very nice variation. I personally don't like walnuts all that much, so I leave them out whenever I cook this.

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Serving Size (134.79 g)
Servings 16
Amount per Serving
Calories 339.22 Calories from Fat 128.25
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14.25g 350.75%
Saturated Fat 8.24g 659.45%
Trans Fat 0.23g %
Cholesterol 30.16mg 160.83%
Sodium 281.56mg 187.7%
Total Carbohydrate 50.68g 270.3%
Dietary Fiber 2.03 g 129.84%
Sugars 27.84 g %
Protein 4.61g 147.65%
Vitamin A 312.07IU% Vitamin C 0.57mg%
Calcium 91.06mg% Iron 0.97mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
liquid honey, plain, ground walnuts