A slice of Russian honey cake on a plate with chocolate bees garnish

Russian Honey Cake

Prep Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 3 hours
Servings 10 People



  • 200 g Butter
  • 8 oz Cream Cheese (room temperature)
  • 16 oz Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 12 oz Cooked Condensed Milk


Cake Layers

  • This cake dough is made on a steam bath. Preheat water, using a bowl, on top of the boiling water; make sure the bowl does not melt. Place butter, honey and sugar; let it stand there, until it is all melted.
    Bowls with butter and sugar and butter
  • In a separate bowl, beat eggs with baking soda until they have one consistency. Slowly, add egg mixture to the batter, continue mixing the whole time while adding.
    Two bowls with cake dough in the process
  • Cook for about 30-40 minutes, until the color changes. Take it off the steam bath, add vanilla extract and let it sit for 10 minutes. Add flour to the dough; it may still be sticky after adding flour. Preheat the oven to 350F and line baking sheet with parchment paper.
    Two bowls with cake dough in the process
  • Here is the trick to rolling it out - easy. Flour surface generously. Because the dough is sticky, this will help you work easier with the dough. Also you can weigh each dough piece; this way they all will turn out the same size. Make sure it measures to be large enough for the shape you will cut out later. To move it to the baking sheet, roll it on top of roller, and unroll it onto the baking sheet.
    Cake layer dough
  • Bake for 5-7 minutes, until golden brown. During the process of baking, roll out another layer to speed up the process. When it's done, remove it from the oven and cut out each circle by placing a plate over the top. This is the key trick to making all of the sides perfect - is to cut the cake after baking. You'll need the cut off pieces for later decoration.
    Cake layer baked on a baking sheet
  • Do not immediately stack the layers on top of each other, as they will lose its even shape. Rather, make sure they first cool off on a flat surface. Repeat until you are done.
    Honey cake layers baked

Cream/ Finalizing Cake

  • Whip butter together with cream cheese and condensed milk. Once they are well mixed together, add whipping cream. Whip until the cream is very thick.
    Butter, cream cheese, condensed milk whipped together
  • Divide all cream evenly between each layer of the cake. Form the cake by putting layers of cake on top of each other.
    Cake layers with cream
  • Decorate as you wish. Let it sit in fridge overnight. Before serving, let it sit out of the fridge for a bit, as it will add more moisture to its taste. The sides of the cake, I decorated with the leftover cake pieces that I shred in the blender. For the "honey look" I used the peach jam, it's my favorite in cakes.
    Full honey cake on a plate decorated with chocolate bees

Creating a bee

  • To create a bee, melt chocolate in the microwave; be sure to stir every few seconds. To the melted chocolate, add cream cheese and let the mixture sit in the microwave for 30 minutes. Form small oval shapes out of the chocolate mixture.
    Kids making chocolate bee garnish on a table using almond slices for wings
  • Stick almond pieces in each side to form wings, and decorate with melted yellow chocolate on the top. (those little hands are my boys helping me making bees, they were so excited to see the turnout)
    Yellow colored chocolate is being used to make stripes on the chocolate bee garnish
  • Let the cake cake soak overnight. 
    A slice of Russian honey cake on a plate with chocolate bees garnish