Sunday, May 04, 2008
yucky honey cake
it tasted as bad as it looked
I tried the Medovnik recipe floating around everywhere on the internet. It was yucky. I threw it away after one slice. Yes, I'm willing to accept that I prepared it incorrectly. But I'm pretty sure that no matter who makes this recipe, it's not going to be anything like the true Czech honey cake. It was a lot of work, too. After making the "cake" batter, I had to roll out five 8in circles and bake them individually.
I'm going to try this other recipe for 15 layer Russian Honey Cake. I like that it uses sour cream instead of sweetened condensed milk in the cream filling. If this recipe fails, I'm going to experiment with a spiced genoise. I'm determined to eat honey cake again!
Some things I learned...
- I did bake the cakes too long. The recipe recommends 3-5 mins, I did 6 min because the cake was so underdone at 5 mins. But after cooling, they were too dry, even after hours of soaking in the filling.
- I would cut exact circles immediately after baking so the cake would line up and look nicer. Plus the cake edges were crispier than the rest of the cake and I don't want to eat that part.
- The recipe has you crumble one layer and use that as the crumb topping - this is a great idea assuming the flavors are good.
Posted at 8:21 PM