Layers of caramelized honey goodness with creamy tangy sour cream filling - it's a showstopper dessert sure to create a statement!
Cuisine International, Russian
Prep Time 1hour
Cook Time 45minutes
Resting Time 8hours
Total Time 1hour45minutes
400gAll Purpose Flour
½tspcinnamon powder- optional
350gheavy whipping dairy cream- skip the icing sugar if using non-dairy whip topping
Prepare Burnt Honey
In a deep saucepan, cook HALF of the honey on medium heat for about 8-10 minutes till it turns deeper caramel brown colour. Turn off the heat and add 2-3 tbsp of cold water to stop it from cooking further. Keep aside to cool completely.
Prepare Cake Batter
In a saucepan, heat the butter, sugar, burnt honey and regular honey for about 5 minutes.
Remove the pan from heat and whisk in the baking soda. The mixture will bubble and get lighter in color. Let it cool to lukewarm. Add the vanilla and salt and mix. Transfer to a large bowl.
Whisk the eggs in a separate small bowl. Add the eggs to the butter-honey mixture slowly while continuously whisking to incorporate all the eggs properly.
Sift in the flour and fold it in. You'll get a soft cookie-like dough. Cover it and keep the dough in fridge for about 15 minutes.
Bake the cake layers
Preheat the oven to 180°C. Prepare 3 parchment sheets the size of your baking tray. Draw 2 circles of 7" on each (or one on each if your oven is smaller).
Divide the dough into 8 equal pieces (about 100g each). Roll each piece on the circles you drew on parchment paper. Cut them into exact 7" round with the cake ring. Reserve the extra scraps for baking at the end.
Prick each disc with a fork. Bake them for 8-9 minutes at 180°C till they turn evenly golden brown.
Transfer the sheet to a cooling rack and transfer the next parchment paper with discs. Bake them all two at a time (or one at a time depending on your oven size).
Bake the reserved cuts for about 8-9 minutes until golden. Cool completely. Pulse them in a food processor to fine crumbs and reserve them for decoration later.
Prepare the frosting
In a large bowl, mix the sour cream, icing sugar, honey and vanilla.
In another chilled bowl with a chilled whisk, whip the cream until stiff peaks. Gently fold in the sour cream mixture until well combined.
Assemble the cake
Add a little frosting on your platter and put one cake disc on top. Spread 2 large spoonfuls of frosting evenly across the layer. Repeat the process for all 8 layers of cake. Cover the whole cake on top and sides with frosting.
Transfer the cake to refrigerator to chill completely and let the layers soften.
When ready to serve, cover the whole cake with the crumbs. You can also pipe some whipped cream on top for decoration. Cut into slices and enjoy!
If you don't have access to sour cream or cannot make your own, you can use a mix of cream cheese and Greek Yogurt instead.
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