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Russian Honey Cake

Let Chef John take you on a journey to obtain the rare and glorious triumph that is Russian honey cake. It won't be easy, but nothing stupendous ever is. Now, go pick a partner, because this is the perfect baking project to tag-team on and thereby smoke any holiday dessert competition. It only follows that the first step is "burn" some honey, letting it bubble just a shade darker to set the slightly bitter, complex tone for everything that follows. Part of the burnt honey goes into the batter, which is unusual in that it's mixed on the stovetop over low heat and baked 1 circular layer at a time until you have 8 total. It's hard work; we're not gonna sugarcoat it...but we will crumb-coat it--with the last bit of batter, baked until crispy! You'll mix the rest of the honey into a whipped cream frosting and use it to fuse the layers together. Refrigerate your masterpiece overnight to let all the flavors and textures reach optimum yum. Get the recipe for Russian Honey Cake.

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