Total Time
1hr 15mins
Prep 45 mins
Cook 30 mins

Marlenka is an ancient Armenian honey layered cake with nuts. Similar to ethnic Hungarian honey cakes with a little bit more touch of nuts. It is incredibly popular in Hungary.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. For the cake
  2. Add the sugar and honey stir until all melted and well blended.
  3. Add the butter and mix well.
  4. Add the egg, baking powder and mix well.
  5. Add the flour bit by bit kneading well. Add the flour until still kneadable but slightly hard. It should not come apart. If it does (too much flour), add a bit of milk to fix. Or just as much as was necessary to make the dough non-sticky.
  6. Separated the dough into 5 pieces, and with a floured rolling pin I rolled the sections into 5 squares equally square.
  7. Baked each layer under 180 degree for 3 to 5 minutes, or until they became golden brown, then cool on an iron rack.
  8. For the Filling.
  9. Combine all the filling ingredients except nuts.
  10. Bring cream to a boil and then let it cool.
  11. Put filling between layers to ensemble the cake.
  12. Sprinkle nuts on top layer after the last fifth layer of filling.
  13. Melted chocolate drip to decorate.
  14. It is best to let the cake rest and cool in the fridge for about 6 to 8 hours before serving.
Most Helpful

This recipe is a disaster. Even with the correction in the reviews (3 cups flour) the cake is too dry, the cream is too thick and too little for all the layers. Nothing like what I have tasted. I will start from here and develop my own recipe, but this is REALLY a waste of ingredients and time!

Marta C. March 21, 2016

you need 3 cups of flour, NOT 5. <br/>you can even put a small amount of coconut flour ( remove 2 tbs flour and replace with coconut ) or ground walnuts ( remove 2 tbs flour and replace with ground walnuts )<br/>do not refrigerate

Bratislava S. August 27, 2014

Something's not right with this recipe. There's too much flour, pastry's too thick, too hard and too dry, almost impossible to strech. Sorry, try again.

world4you December 24, 2012