Categories:Cake Food HIstory Russian
This 5-layer Russian Honey Cake, also know as Medianyk, is absolutely wonderful! I have seen as many as 15 layers used for this cake, but this 5-layer version is Russian Honey Cake is outstanding! This Russian Honey Cake would be excellent served with coffee or tea.
This recipe comes from my daughter Brenda’s dear friend Lena Hennegan, originally from Russia, but now lives in Oregon with her family. She made this cake for my family and said it is her mother’s recipe. Lena actually calls it “Honey Pie.” It would be excellent served with coffee or tea. I have rewritten the recipe to make it easier to follow.
History of Russian Honey Cakes
According to the web site, Discover the Taste of Europe:
Honey cake or Medovik are one of the most popular cakes in Russia. This is a honey torte or multi-layered cake of flat biscuits (cookies) with a creamy, caramel filling. The cake has cookie type layers that can range from 5 to 10 layers. I think every Russian baker has their own version of this cake. It takes a little time and patience to make this cake, but it is well worth it!
The history of honey-cakes goes back as far as the history of honey. The honeybees lived on our planet 15 million years ago, long before humans did. We know for a fact that honey and milk were the main food consumed by prehistoric people. In 1919, a spider web cave was found in Spain with a 15-20000 year old mural showing people collecting honey from wild bees.
Honey-cake itself has a long history. Prehistoric people came up with the idea of mixing flour and honey together to bake a sweet cake. Prehistoric people considered the honey to be a food of the gods, so at ceremonies requiring sacrifice, honey cakes were also offered. Ancient Greeks gave out honey cakes in many shapes and forms at their ceremonies. In one Egyptian grave, pieces of honey cake were found among the other artifacts.
Russian Honey Cake Recipe:
Source: Photo from Radio Prague Inside Central Europe.