Simple Layered Chocolate and Honey Cake with Cream (Spartak)

This dessert combines layers of chocolate and honey flavored cake with sweet, velvety-smooth cream for an irresistible flavor. This Chocolate Honey Spartak is sure to turn heads and become a new family favorite.

I am so excited to share one of my favorite recipes with you all! It is loved by so many people and is a very popular dessert in both Russia and Eastern Europe. It is worthy of any celebration and makes a statement at any table. 

It is the Chocolate Spartak cake. 

And this recipe I’m sharing with you is extra special. You get a bonus flavor here: honey. 7 thin layers of chocolate and honey cake are put together with generous helpings of beautiful cream in between and on the exterior. Finished off with cake crumbs all around.

This cake is absolutely drool-worthy. One bite will make you swoon. You’ll start to dream about this cake. It is that good.

How this Chocolate Spartak cake is different from the usual layered cake

The most obvious difference between this cake and traditional cakes is that it begins with dough rather than a batter. 

Your cake “dough” gets baked in the oven on a cookie sheet (or parchment paper). No cake pans needed here. 

You bake each layer for only 7-8 minutes. Only until it hardens slightly. Not 25-30 minutes like traditional cakes.

You keep the scraps as is. Usually, you’ll combine scraps of dough to reshape. Here, you’ll want to bake the scraps so you can crush them later for a crumb coating. 

Chocolate Honey Spartak tastes even better if you let it sit in the refrigerator for some time. The layers of cake and cream come together beautifully after they’ve had a chance to soften.

This recipe requires some effort but I promise it’s well worth it. Let me know how your Chocolate Honey Spartak came out!

What do I need to make the layers?

  • 1 large egg
  • 2 Tbsp of milk
  • 2/3 cup of sugar
  • 1 tsp of baking soda
  • 3 Tbsp of honey
  • 3 1/2 Tbsp of unsalted butter
  • 2 Tbsp of cocoa
  • 2 cups of flour

What do I need to make the cream?

  • 1 can of condensed sweetened milk
  • 1/2 cup of sugar icing
  • 1 cup of whipping cream
  • 1 package of cream cheese (softened, 8 ounces)

How to Make Spartak Honey Cake

For the  chocolate honey Spartak layers: 

  • In a small saucepan, add together 1 egg, milk, sugar, baking soda, honey, and unsalted butter. 

Russian Layered Chocolate Honey Spartak Cake

  • On low heat, stir until butter is melted and everything is well combined (10 minutes). Once it gets puffy, give it another 2 minutes and then turn off the heat.

Russian Layered Chocolate Honey Spartak Cake

  • Stir in 2 Tablespoons of cocoa.

Russian Layered Chocolate Honey Spartak Cake

  • Add in 2 cups of flour, one cup at a time.  At first, it might be a bit runny, but no worries! It will stiffen up quickly.

Russian Layered Chocolate Honey Spartak Cake

  • Next, cut the batter into 7 equal pieces.

Russian Layered Chocolate Honey Spartak Cake

  • Preheat your oven to 350F.
  • Sprinkle flour on the surface. With the help of a rolling pin, roll each piece of dough into a flat circle. * It’s easier to roll out if the batter is still warm. Then transfer onto a greased cookie sheet. 

Russian Layered Chocolate Honey Spartak Cake

  • Place a plate upside down on your flat circle dough and use it as a template to cut a perfect circle out of the dough. Push the extra scraps away from the circle but leave them on the baking sheet. 
  • Bake each cake layer for 7-8 minutes or until it has hardened and not doughy. Once baked, stack the layers.

Russian Layered Chocolate Honey Spartak Cake

For the Cream: 

  • In a bowl, beat 1 can of condensed sweetened milk for 2 minutes.
  • Add in 1 cup of whipping cream. Beat until the whipping cream is whipped, it will become stiffer.
  • Add in 1/2 cup of powdered sugar. Beat for another minute.
  • Add in 1 package of softened cream cheese. (Softened cream cheese is important so you don’t get a chunky cream).

Assembling the Cake

  • Spread the cream on each layer and stack the layers one on top of the other. When done stacking, cover the cake in a layer of cream.

  • Add the baked cake scraps into a food processor and pulse until broken up into small or crumb sized pieces. You can also crush the pieces in a Ziploc bag, by hand. 
  • Sprinkle the crumbs all over the cake.
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve.

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Equipment I Used

Chocolate Honey Spartak

This cake is all about combining the flavours of chocolate and honey with a creamy condensed milk cream.
Prep Time 20 mins
Total Time 2 hrs
Course Dessert
Cuisine Russian
Servings 10
Calories 518 kcal

Equipment

  • small pot
  • hand mixer
  • bowl
  • cake spatula
  • food processor

Ingredients
  

Cake layers

  • 1 large egg
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • cup sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3 Tbsp honey
  • 3 ½ Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 Tbsp cocoa
  • 2 cups flour

Cream

  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1 pkg cream cheese softened

Instructions
 

For the cake layers:

  • In a small pot, add together 1 egg, milk, sugar, baking soda, honey, and unsalted butter.
    Chocolate Honey Spartak
  • On low heat, stir until butter is melted and everything is well combined (about 10 minutes). Once it gets puffy, give it another 2 minutes and then turn off the heat.
    Chocolate Honey Spartak
  • Stir in 2 Tbsp of cocoa.
    Chocolate Honey Spartak
  • Add in 2 cups of flour, one cup at a time. At first it might be runny, but no worries, it will stiffen up quickly.
    Chocolate Honey Spartak
  • Next, divide the batter into 7 equal pieces.
    Chocolate Honey Spartak
  • Preheat your oven to 350F.
  • Sprinkle flour on the surface. With the help of a rolling pin, roll each piece of dough into a flat circle. Transfer onto a greased cookie sheet.
    Chocolate Honey Spartak
  • Place a plate upside down on your flat circle dough and use it as a template to cut a perfect circle out of the dough. Push the extra scraps away from the big circle but leave it on the baking sheet.
    Chocolate Honey Spartak
  • Bake each cake layer for 7-8 minutes or until it has hardened and not doughy. Once baked, stack the layers.
    Chocolate Honey Spartak

For the cream:

  • In a bowl, beat 1 can of condensed sweetened milk for 2 minutes.
  • Add in the whipping cream and beat until the cream is stiff peaks.
  • Add in the powdered sugar and beat for another minute. Add in the softened cream cheese and beat.
    Chocolate Honey Spartak

Assembling the cake:

  • Spread the cream on each layer of cake and stack the layers one on top of the other. When done stacking, cover the cake in a layer of cream.
    Chocolate Honey Spartak
  • Add the baked cake scraps to a food processor and pulse until broken up into small or crumb sized pieces. You can also crush the pieces in a ziplock bag, by hand.
    Chocolate Honey Spartak
  • Sprinkle the crumbs over the cake.
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve.
    Chocolate Honey Spartak

Notes

Tip: it is easier to roll out the dough if it is room temperature. 
I’ve found that softening the cream cheese ahead of time makes the cream frosting creamy instead of chunks of cream cheese in it. 

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Honey Spartak
Amount Per Serving
Calories 518 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Fat 25g38%
Saturated Fat 15g94%
Cholesterol 98mg33%
Sodium 267mg12%
Potassium 249mg7%
Carbohydrates 68g23%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 47g52%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 907IU18%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 162mg16%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword cake, chocolate, cocoa, condensed milk, cream cheese, dessert, honey, powdered sugar, russian cake, russian dessert, whipped cream
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