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A medovik cake

Medovik (Russian: Медовик) is a Russian layer cake and popular in countries of the former Soviet Union. The primary ingredients are honey and condensed milk.[1]

It is a dessert which is known for its lengthy preparation time. It consists of layers of sponge cake with a cream filling and is often covered with nuts or crumbs made from leftover cake. While the thin layers harden shortly after coming out of the oven, the moisture of the filling softens it again over time.[2]

According to Russian tradition, the cake was created in the 18th century by a young chef who sought to impress Empress Elizabeth.[3] However, there are few recorded references to it from before the 20th century and the modern version of the cake only became popular with the public during the Soviet era.[4] [5]

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  1. ^ Goldstein, Darra (2015). The Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets. Oxford University Press.
  2. ^ "8-Layer Honey Cake Recipe (Medovik)". Natasha's Kitchen. 9 March 2014.
  3. ^ Hollywood, Paul (2016). The Weekend Baker. Penguin.
  4. ^ Eremeeva, Jennifer (1 September 2012). "Honey Coating a Controversy: Tort Medovik". Russia Beyond The Headlines.
  5. ^ Mosko, Alexey (7 January 2016). "Medovik: The tsar of Russian cakes". Russia & India Report.