From palms to dandelions… and Walnut and Honey Cake (Medovik)

May 6, 2011thecoffeebreak

Update: Due to blogger technical problems, all your lovely comment are gone and I didn’t have a chance to answer to you. But I would like to say thank you for taking your time to stop by and leave a comment : ) THANK YOU!

Coming back from the airport I could not but notice that everything is blooming. Everything is green.
And dandelions, they were everywhere! Anyplace I looked I saw dandelions.  Every little land of grass was covered with these bright yellow flowers.  They always bring lovely memories from my childhood.


Next day we woke up early.  After having our breakfast, cinnamon oatmeal porridge for A. and usual eggs and strong cup of coffee for me, we headed to the park. Since it was still early, there were not many people. But neither of us minded that, we had fun of our own.
We came home just before lunch, pleasantly exhausted.  With A. happily napping I decided to make cake. But not any cake. The cake from my childhood – Walnut and Honey Cake or as we call it Medovik.  It is quite time consuming to make the cake but when is ready it will be worth all efforts!

Prep time: 45 min + 30 min to stand
Total time: 1 ¼ h + 6 h to chill
(Serves 16)
2 eggs
200 g sugar
120 g honey
100 g unsalted butter, melted
1 ½ tsp baking powder
500 g all-purpose flour
For filling:
2 cans (800 g) of caramelized condensed milk*
200 g sour cream or crème fraiche
For coating:
250 g plain biscuits, crushed
150 g chopped walnuts
In a large bowl beat eggs and sugar. Add honey, butter and baking powder, stir well.
Place bowl over pot with simmering water and stirring constantly heat up batter until it will double in size and slightly change in colour.
Remove from the heat then sift in flour. Cover dough with cling film and leave to stand for 30 minutes. The dough will be soft and sticky but it will harden as it cools. 
Preheat oven to 200⁰C. Line baking tray with parchment paper or non stick baking sheet.
Transfer dough onto lightly floured surface then divide it into 10-14 equal pieces. Roll out each piece into 2-5 mm thick circle, about 18-20 cm in diameter. Repeat with remaining dough.
Bake for 3-7 minutes or until golden brown. Leave to cool.
For the cream, combine caramelized condensed milk and sour cream or crème fraiche. If desired add chopped walnuts.
Assemble the cake by coating each layer with generous amount of cream. Coat the sides with cream and sprinkle top and sides with biscuit crumbs and ground walnuts.
At this point the cake will be hard, but after leaving it in the fridge for 6 h it will be soft and moist.
*if you can’t buy ready caramelized condensed milk, you can do it yourself by boiling 2 cans of  condensed milk for 2 hours. Just let it cool completely before opening the cans.

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  • Torviewtoronto

    May 11, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    deliciously done neat cake

  • Cooking Rookie

    May 11, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    Marvelous medovik! This recipe goes straight to my to do list. Maybe I'll cheat and only make 5 layers :-).
    I love your blog – I am subscribing to follow – your photographs are so bright and happy! I'll be stopping by often to see what's cooking 🙂

  • Angie’s Recipes

    May 11, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    What a fabulous layered cake!

  • Treat and Trick

    May 11, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    What a beautiful and yummy cake! Great job on layering the cake….

  • thecoffeebreak

    May 15, 2011 at 11:20 am

    Thanks 😉

  • Carolyn

    May 16, 2011 at 11:12 am

    This walnut cake is so gorgeous, I can hardly stand it. I love walnuts, they are one of my absolute favourites.

  • thecoffeebreak

    May 18, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    Thank you Carolyn 🙂

  • Jay

    May 19, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    Hy, chanced upon your space while blog hoppping..awesome space you have with gorgeous collection of your presentation..
    Am your happy follower now..:)
    do stop by mine sometime..

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  • thecoffeebreak

    May 19, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    Thank you, that means a lot to me 🙂

  • Hanushka

    November 26, 2012 at 12:54 am

    I CANNOT WAIT TO MAKE THIS RECIPE!! Its my dad's favourite cake and I'm going to make it for him tomorrow- thanks 🙂 xxx

  • Tarnima

    November 5, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    Is this light or a little too sweet? Wondering if I should put in less sugar in the cake and adjust the condensed milk to sour cream ratio…

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