Russian Honey Cake

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup wildflower honey
  • 3 tablespoons cold water
  • 14 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into slices
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • ¾ cup wildflower honey
  • 6 large cold eggs
  • 2 ½ teaspoons baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon fine salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups cold heavy whipping cream
  • ¾ cup sour cream
  • Directions

  • Step 1

    Pour honey into a deep saucepan over medium heat. Boil until a shade darker and caramel-like in aroma, about 10 minutes. Turn off heat and whisk in cold water.

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  • Step 2

    Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with a silicone mat (such as Silpat®). Place a mixing bowl and a whisk in the refrigerator.

  • Step 3

    Place a large metal bowl over the lowest heat setting on the stovetop. Add butter, sugar, 1/4 cup of the burnt honey, and regular wildflower honey. Let sit until butter melts, 5 to 7 minutes.

  • Step 4

    Meanwhile, combine baking soda, salt, and cinnamon in a small bowl.

  • Step 5

    Whisk butter mixture and let sit until very warm to the touch. Whisk in eggs. Keep mixture over low heat until it gets very warm again; whisk in baking soda mixture. Remove from heat. Sift in flour in 2 or 3 additions, stirring well after each, until batter is easily spreadable.

  • Step 6

    Transfer about 1/2 cup batter onto the prepared baking sheet. Spread into an 8- or 9-inch circle using an offset spatula. Shake and tap the pan to knock out any air bubbles.

  • Step 7

    Bake in the preheated oven until lightly browned, 6 to 7 minutes. Remove liner from the pan and let cake layer continue cooling until firm enough to remove, 6 to 7 minutes. Invert cake onto a round of parchment paper.

  • Step 8

    Repeat until you have a total of 8 cake layers, letting each cool on an individual parchment round. Trim edges using a pizza wheel to ensure they are the same size; save scraps for crumb mixture.

  • Step 9

    Spread remaining batter onto the lined baking sheet. Bake in the preheated oven until edges are dry, about 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and cut into small pieces; toss with reserved cake scraps.

  • Step 10

    Return to the oven and continue to bake until browned, 7 to 10 minutes more. Let cool completely, 15 to 20 minutes. Transfer to a resealable bag and beat into fairly fine crumbs using a rolling pin. Set aside.

  • Step 11

    Remove the bowl and whisk from the refrigerator. Pour in heavy cream. Whisk until soft peaks form. Add remaining burnt honey and sour cream; continue whisking until stiff peaks form.

  • Step 12

    Place a cake layer on a parchment paper round on top of a pizza pan or serving plate. Spread a cup of frosting evenly on top, almost to the edge. Repeat with cake layers and frosting, pressing the layers in smooth-side down. Place last cake layer smooth-side up. Frost the top and sides of the cake. Cover with crumbs; clean any excess crumbs around base.

  • Step 13

    Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 8 hours, to overnight. Transfer to a cake stand using 2 spatulas. Cut and serve.

  • Chef's Notes:

    Any type of honey will work for this.

    You can also bake multiple cake layers at a time, depending on how many silicone liners and baking sheets that you have.

    You can use an electric mixer for the frosting, if you prefer.

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