Most of you know about this crazy thing that happened: read the whole story here about when Kasey was on Food Network's Kids Baking Championship Season 6 and watch a video of our first reunion here. Well Kasey agrees with me that the best part of the whole experience actually wasn't that he was on TV. The very best part was all of the new friends we met! We've now been on two trips with these amazing people and will likely be planning our next one soon. (And to those Moms and kids from Season 6 who haven't been able to join us yet, we'd love to have you come next time!)
There's such a range of cultures represented in our little group, so I had this idea to post some family favorite recipes!
See the first one here: Moms of Kids Baking Championship Season 6: Indian Upma Recipe from Indu!
To the other KBC Season 6 Moms who might be willing to send me one of your favorite family recipes too, I'd love to post it! Email it to me: [email protected] and thank you!
Today is a Russian Honey Cake from Sasha
The instructions for this recipe looked daunting at first, but once you get going it's not a big deal at all, and the cake when you're done is SO worth it anyway. It tastes like graham crackers dipped in sweet cream, only a thousand times better! (See the video on how to do it below.)
Russian Honey Cake
- 1/2 cup honey, local is best
- 1/2 cup sugar, I use organic
- 1/2 cup butter, pastured butter is best
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 3 large eggs, pastured eggs are best
- 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour divided, I used organic einkorn flour and ended up needing an extra 3/4 cup more to get it to a good consistency for rolling -- I was worried this would make the cake too dry but it was perfect! If you use a different flour, you may need less or even a bit more.
- 28 ounces/3.5 cups sour cream, pastured is best, but I usually just use this brand
- 14-16 ounce can sweetened condensed milk-- I used this organic brand, or try the homemade sweetened condensed milk at this post--I never realized how easy it was to make!
- In a medium-sized saucepan, combine the sugar, honey and butter over medium heat. Once simmering, cook for 3 to 4 minutes -- it'll get a bit darker in color. Whisk in the baking soda. Remove from heat and set aside. Beat your eggs in a measuring cup you can pour out of or small bowl. Whisking the honey mixture vigorously in the pot the whole time, drizzle a thin stream (see the video) of the eggs into the honey mixture as you keep mixing. Continue until all of the eggs are thoroughly whisked in. Stir in the salt and vanilla and 3 cups of the flour with a spoon (it's too thick for the whisk). Stir in the last of flour 1/4 cup at a time, just until it's thick enough to be able to be rolled out easily. My arm got so tired stirring this and I had to call in some backups. 🙂
- Preheat oven to 350*.
- Flour the counter and roll the dough out onto the flour, turning to flour both sides. Shape it into a disk and divide the still-warm dough into 8 even pieces. Roll the first one out to a bigger than 9" circle, keep making sure you've got enough flour on each side so it doesn't stick -- this is important so you don't lose your mind, FYI. Use the bottom of a 9" cake pan or something similar to cut out a 9" circle. (Save the trimmings, you're going to use those!)
- Put the 9" circles and trimmings onto a parchment paper lined cookie sheet and poke all around them with a fork. Bake for 6 to 7 minutes until it feels firm to the touch. Slide onto a rack to cool.
- Keep rolling and baking until all the cakes and extra pieces are done, I reused the parchment paper each time. Don't let the little pieces burn, they bake more quickly (check at 4-5 minutes), so you may want to bake them on a separate cookie sheet.
- Let the cakes and pieces cool well while you make the filling/frosting...
- Whisk sour cream and sweetened condensed milk together in a large bowl. Once cakes are cool, place a dab of the sour cream mixture on your cake plate and place the first cake on top of it to hold it in place. Cut or tear one of your used sections of parchment paper into pieces and put them all around the underside of the cake -- this is so the cake plate is pretty when you're done. (Again, see the video for how to do this.)
- Scoop 3/4 cup of the filling onto the center of the first cake layer. Spread it only a little from the center, leaving a 1- to 2-inch margin of unfrosted cake. Stack the second cake on top and repeat until you have 8 layers. For the top layer, let it drip down the sides. This will look messy and slip around a bit, but it all turns out pretty!
- The original recipe said to let this set overnight, but there was no way we weren't eating this cake SOON because it smelled so good!
- So you can leave it overnight OR just pop into the fridge for an hour or two to let it set up some.
- Throw about half of the extra cookie pieces into a food processor (or crush in a baggie using a rolling pin) to make into fine crumbs.
- Take the cake out and straighten up the layers. If you’d like to make a decoration on top of your cake, take a piece of parchment paper and cut a stencil with it, I did a heart. Place it gently on top of the cake. Sprinkle the top with the crumbs -- I didn't try to do the sides, but you can if you want.
- Remove the stencil and parchment paper strips carefully. To slice, run a knife under hot water then dry it and use that so it goes through nicely.
- If you still have some cake pieces left, dip them into any remaining filling -- yum!
- Originally adapted and modified from this recipe -- read more recipe notes there if you like extra details.
Here's the video so you can see how to do it (it'll play after the ad):
Try this Russian Honey Cake and see how delicious it is!
By the way… I tried a “cheat” version of this the other day using organic graham crackers and it was still pretty good (and yes took much less time), but no where NEAR as delicious as the all-homemade version, no big surprise! It wasn't as pretty either, lol:
More you might like:
- Again, see the first one here: Moms of Kids Baking Championship Season 6: Indian Upma Recipe from Indu!
- 3-minute homemade mayo video! (It says 5-minutes, but it's really only 3 minutes!)