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A honey walnut poppy seed cake on a stand

Honey Walnut Poppy Seed Cake

This poppy seed cake is elevated with rich honey and crunchy walnuts, then topped with cream cheese and dulce de leche frosting. Yum!
Course Cake, Dessert
Cuisine Russian, Ukrainian
Keyword Honey Cake, honey walnut cake, prune walnut cake
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 20 servings
Calories 399kcal
Author Natalya Drozhzhin



Soaking Cream

  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 3 tbsp condesned milk

Cake Cream

  • 16 oz cream cheese softened at room temperature
  • 1 cn dulce de leche
  • 2 cup whipping cream very cold


  • Beat eggs with sugar until the mixture triples in volume. Add honey and beat until combined.
    Honey being added to the beat eggs and sugar in the KitchenAid mixing bowl
  • Into a small dish, combine lemon juice and baking soda. Fold into the egg, sugar, and honey mixture.
    Lemon juice added to the baking soda
  • Using a spatula, fold in flour in thirds. Make sure not to over mix.
    Flour being added into the mixing bowl with the egg mixture
  • Chop walnuts into tiny pieces.
    Crushed walnuts in a bowl
  • Divide the dough into two equal parts. Stir poppy seeds into one part and walnuts into the other.
    2 bowls of batter to one poppy seeds are added and to another crushed walnuts are added
  • Place batter in a 9-inch cake pans. Bake each cake at 350°F for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean from the center.
    Cake batter poured into a cake baking pan
  • Slice each cake into two equal parts, creating four total layers. Combine whipping cream with condensed milk. Soak each layer with the sweetened cream and set them aside.
    soaked sponge cake
  • Beat softened cream cheese with dulce de leche.
    2 packets of cream cheese and dulce de leche placed into a mixing bowl with a spatula
  • Into the cream cheese and dulce de leche mixture, add ultra-cold whipping cream and continue beating until the cream reaches stiff peaks.
    Cream mixture in a KitchenAid mixing bowl
  • Spread cream on top of each cake layer.
    Cake baking pan placed around the cake layer when the cream is being layered on top
  • Decorate the cake with remaining cream.
    A honey walnut poppy seed cake on a stand
  • Allow the cake to set in the refrigerator over night. Slice, serve, and enjoy!
    Honey Walnut Poppy Seed Cake slice on a plate


Calories: 399kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 123mg | Sodium: 233mg | Potassium: 133mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 900IU | Vitamin C: 0.6mg | Calcium: 95mg | Iron: 1.4mg