Spartak Cake is a delicious layered chocolate and honey cake that is rich and creamy with just a hint of crunch from the walnut tucked between the cream-filled layers.
If you like traditional Russian desserts, make sure to check out my homemade Kiev Cake as well. It is another delicious dessert that features Eastern European flavors.
Homemade Spartak Cake with Chocolate and Honey
This chocolate honey layer cake has been a family favorite for many years. Spartak cake is a traditional Russian dessert that takes time to create but is worth every rich sweetened bite.
We especially love to bake it during the holidays. It’s made of 8 thin chocolatey layers and stacked between a sweetened condensed milk cream and finely chopped walnuts. It’s a delightful dessert worth the time and effort. The moment you take your first bite you’ll know exactly why.
Ingredients for Spartak Cake
Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
Sweetened Condensed Milk
How to Make a Spartak Cake
Before you begin, print the recipe out (below) and read over it to familiarize yourself with the steps as this is a longer dessert to make. You will begin the process with a traditional method of making a creamy filling by beating butter with sweetened condensed milk and other ingredients as directed.
To prepare the cake layers, you will begin with beating down sugar and eggs before adding in other ingredients. Follow the directions carefully for melting the chocolate chips and combining with other ingredients. Once the dough is formed, you will divide it into 8 equal pieces. Each of these pieces will be rolled out, traced using a 9-inch cake pan, and cut to create a layer before baking.
How to Assemble the Spartak Cake
Once you have baked the cake layers and allowed them to cool properly, you will begin building your layers. Begin with a piece of the cake layer, then spread the cream filling and chopped walnuts over the layer. Continue this process as directed in the printable recipe until you have all layers in place. Your final step will be to use leftover cake crumbs to coat the outside of the cake and to sprinkle chopped walnut on top of the cake prior to serving.
Note: This cake is best served the next day. After assembling, keep the cake at room temperature for at least 3 hours, then refrigerate.
More Cake Recipes
Along with this delicious recipe for layered chocolate and honey cake, you will love some of our other linked cake ideas below.
- Russian Royal Cake
- Drunken Chocolate Cherry Cake Recipe
- Chocolate Mousse Cake Recipe with Raspberry Filling
- Homemade Strawberry Bundt Cake Recipe
- Russian Royal Cake
Full Recipe Instructions
Chocolate Spartak Cake
For the chocolate cake layers
For the filling
- 2 cups sour cream
- 1 cup unsalted butter softened
- 15 oz can sweetened condensed milk
- 1 cup walnuts finely chopped
- In a bowl, begin making the cake frosting by beating 1 cup of softened butter with an electric hand mixer until light and fluffy (about 3 minutes). Then add the sweetened condensed milk and mix to combine.
- Add the sour cream and blend just to incorporate. Don't over-mix. Now cover the frosting and place it in the fridge for later.
- Begin making the cake by beating sugar and eggs in a large bowl using a whisk.
- Add the milk, honey, butter, and chocolate chips into the bowl.
- Place the bowl over a pot of shallow simmering water (double boiler) and stir with a whisk until the butter and chocolate melt. Then add the baking soda. Stir for an additional 8 minutes. Tip: do not add too much water to the double boiler. You do NOT want the simmering water to touch the bottom of the bowl or it might scorch the chocolate.
- Divide the flour in half. Add the first half and stir to incorporate. Then add the second half and stir until it is well incorporated.
- Place the dough onto a lightly floured surface and work into the dough with your hands. Form it into a log.
- Divide the log into 8 equal pieces.
- Roll each piece out into a very thin circle (about 10 inches in diameter). Place a 9 inch baking pan over the dough and trace around the pan with a knife cutting through the dough.
- Place the rolled dough circle onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and generously poke the dough with a fork. Place the leftover dough scraps onto the baking sheet as well. You will need these for later.
- Bake the cake layers/scraps in batches at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes.
- Once the cakes have cooled, begin assembling your cake by spreading an even layer of the filling onto the first cake layer. Then sprinkle a small amount of chopped walnuts on top.
- Before adding the next cake layer, lightly spread a little filling on the bottom of the cake layer so there will be filling on the top and bottom of each layer. This will help the nuts stick to each layer better.
- Repeat this step until the 8th layer. From then, frost the outside of the cake with the remaining filling.
- Pulse the baked scraps in a food processor until they become fine crumbs. Then coat the sides and top of the cake with the finely pulsed cake crumb
This recipe was originally posted on December 20, 2017, we’ve tweaked it a bit since then.