Recipe for Hungarian Honey Slice (Mézes Zserbó)

Posted By on Sep 14, 2011 | 9 comments

This recipe for Hungarian honey slice or Mézes Zserbó, is a delicately honey flavoured, soft pastry slice, filled with a rich, vanilla custard butter cream topped with chocolate.  This cake is my husband's favourite, so I learned to bake it, after a few goes of trialling and tweeking a recipe, we are both happy with this result!   This cake needs to be baked and assembled at least one whole day before it is served, in order for the cream to soften the pastry so it becomes more cake like.  This Hungarian honey slice freezes well too.

Recipe Makes 28 slices


4 cups plain flour
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
1 cup sifted pure icing sugar
1/3 cup unsalted butter
2 beaten eggs
¼ cup honey
½ cup sour cream

Cream Filling

750mL full cream milk
75g vanilla custard powder
1 tablespoon cornflour
1 cup unsalted butter (room temperature)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup sifted icing sugar (to taste, you may need more or less)
1/8 cup meringue powder


180g Dark cooking chocolate
75g softened butter

To make pastry:
Sift flour, baking powder and icing sugar into a large bowl.  Add butter, rubbing it into the flour mixture until it resembles crumbs (alternatively use a food processor).  Make a well in the centre of the mix and add honey, eggs and sour cream, kneading the mixture together and incorporating it well to make a dough.

Pre heat the oven to 180 degrees.

Shape the dough into a stumpy roll shape, divide into four equal pieces.  Flour the surface and roll out each piece of dough to between ½ cm to 1cm thick.  To get an even shape, draw the shape of your baking tray on the baking paper, add another sheet on top which will be your baking sheet.  Put the pastry on top, and cut to shape- this way you won't have too much wastage of cake when you trim the slice edges after assembly.

Bake each layer separately to ensure even cooking, for around 10-15 minutes or until a light golden colour, and the dough is firm to touch.

To make Cream filling:
In a small saucepan, add half the milk and heat on a low setting.  Mix custard powder, cornflour and remaining milk together to a paste, add to heating milk.  Stir continuously until the custard is very thick and porridge-like.  Remove from the heat, cover custard directly with baking paper and allow to cool completely.  Cream butter, vanilla, icing sugar and meringue powder with electric beaters until soft and fluffy, add enough icing sugar to make it sweet to your taste.  When custard is cool add a large spoonful at a time to the butter mix, beating slowly after each addition, until all incorporated.  Place covered in fridge until ready to assemble cake.

Melt chocolate, stir in softened butter until completed mixed.

Place a layer of cold pastry on a board, spread evenly with 1/3 of the butter custard cream.  Place the next layer of pastry and repeat until all pastry is used.  Pour chocolate on top, spreading evenly-I like to swirl a pattern through it.  Put in a covered container in the fridge for over 24 hours to set and soften.
Trim edges of cake to make it straight, slice the cake into small rectangles-remember it's a very rich slice, don't make the pieces too big.  Keep refridgerated.

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  1. Can’t wait to try this recipe. Did you know I’m Hungarian? Just thought I’d share! I betcha my grandma will LOVE this recipe! TFS, Ingrid!

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    • Hi Tina, I didn’t know that?!!! My husband is Hungarian and I am from a Russian, German and Polish background…bu this is his favourite cake, so I’ve made it for him. His other Hungarian favourite cake is Almas Pite, apple slice, it’s really easy, here’s the recipe on the site too……thanks for visiting :)

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  2. Wow I love this looks so good can’t wait to try making for my Fiance as he’s half Hungarian so I know he will love it can’t wait to taste it! 😀

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    • Thanks! I found this to be the more fool proff recipe out of the ones I’ve tried…but it freezes really well, cut it into sllices, and store in freezer with a sheet of baking paper on top and underneath…pieces defrost quickly! Let me know how you go!

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  3. I have found you site very helpful in converting my mother’s family favorites. All my children and nieces want her recipes but they are a handful of this and an eating tablespoon of that. All her recipes were in her head and now that she is gone, I am struggling to find the translations. I know what each has to look like and I know the names, so thank you.

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  4. Hi,

    Just wondering if you can help me with a recipe. My mother in law used to make a hungarian slice with a jam filling. She would never give me the recipe and I was hoping you would be able to help me with the recipe. It was similar looking to this except it only had one layer of jam between the two layers of pastry. If you could help me I would appreciate it. Would I just make this pastry and add a smear of jam or is it a totally different recipe. any help would be very much appreciated. thanks,

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  5. Where do I find vanilla custard powder? I live in a small city in GA, so we have very limited stores – have to go to another city to shop! Also, how do I convert ml and g? Thanks in advance!

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