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Russian Honey Cake

Photo by Mark Weinberg
  • Serves
    8 to 12
Author Notes

Russian Honey Cake is light, sweet, and perfectly moist. It’s traditionally baked in a standard round pan, but I always love the way bundt pans make everything just a little fancier. It’s perfect with tea, with coffee, or with a cocktail. —Vicky | Things I Made Today

Test Kitchen Notes

WHO: Vicky | Things I Made Today runs a productivity, time management, and process improvement consulting company in Madison, WI.

WHAT: A spongy and fragrant cake for when the 3 PM doldrums set in.

HOW: In one bowl, beat egg whites into stiff peaks. In another, whisk together egg yolks and sugar. Add honey, baking soda, and sour cream, followed by flour and nuts. The last step is to fold in the egg whites and bake the batter in a fancy bundt pan.

WHY WE LOVE IT: Just as morning coffee is better with a bagel or a croissant, afternoon coffee is optimized with a piece of cake. This one looks fancy and sophisticated because of the bundt pan, but it’s made with ingredients you already have in your pantry. —The Editors

  • Test Kitchen-Approved


  • 3

    eggs, separated

  • 1 cup


  • 3 tablespoons


  • 1 teaspoon

    baking soda

  • 1 cup

    sour cream

  • 1 cup

    all-purpose flour

  • 1/4 cup


  • Butter for pan

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Beat egg whites with a mixer until stiff peaks form. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together egg yolks and sugar until mixture is almost white. Add in honey, baking soda, and sour cream. Mixing at low speed, gradually add flour and nuts, and mix until batter is uniform.
  4. Gently fold in egg whites.
  5. Generously butter a bundt cake pan (or a 9-inch round pan) and pour in batter. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until golden brown.

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