Ukrainian Orange Honey Cake (Medivnyk)




1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
4 eggs, separated
1 cup buckwheat honey
1 tsp. vanilla
2 tbsp. coarsely grated orange rind
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup strong cold coffee
1/2 cup orange juice
Icing sugar (optional)


Cream together butter and brown sugar; beat in egg yolks, one at a time, and continue beating until batter is light. Stir in honey, vanilla and orange rind.

Sift together flour, baking powder, soda, salt and spices. Remove 2 tbsp (25 mL) of sifted mixture and toss with walnuts; set aside.

Beat dry ingredients into creamed mixture in three parts, alternating first with coffee and then with orange juice. Stir nuts into batter just until evenly distributed.

Beat egg whites until stiff but not dry; fold into batter. Transfer to greased and floured 10-inch (4 L) tube or bundt pan and bake in 300°F (150°C) oven for 1-1/2 hours or until deep amber and firm to touch. Cool in pan on rack and, ideally, let mature for 2 days before slicing. Dust with icing sugar if desired and serve on a doily-lined cake plate or stand.

Author's Comments

This medivnyk, is a mellow, lightly spiced honey cake – one of the sweet endings to a Ukrainian Holy Night supper

Canadian Living

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darkaj reviewed Ukrainian Orange Honey Cake (Medivnyk) on December 22, 2017

I've been using this recipe for ages and it has never failed. However, it's essentially that buckwheat honey be used. I once tried it with cloverleaf honey and it was not nearly as good.