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Russian Apple Pie/Cake (Sharlotka)


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  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda, dissolved in 1/2 teaspoon vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 5 large apples, (I like Granny Smith)


Preparation time 15mins
Cooking time 60mins
Adapted from


Step 1

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Grease and flour a 10 inch round cake pan. Line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper. You can also use a baking spray instead of the butter/oil and flour.

Spray the top of the parchment paper also.

Whisk the eggs and sugar together until they are pale yellow and foamy.

Add the sour cream to the batter.

Dissolve the baking soda in vinegar and add to the batter also.

Mix to combine.

Add the flour to the batter and mix just until the flour is incorporated.

Meanwhile, peel the apples and cut into small, thin pieces.

Add the apples to the prepared cake pan.

Pour the batter over the apples and distribute evenly over the top.

Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 45-50 minutes, until the sharlotka is golden, or when a toothpick comes out clean from the center of the cake.

Run an offset spatula or butter knife around the edges of the cake pan.

Flip the cake over onto a cooling rack.

The parchment paper will peel right off.

Flip the cake over right side up.

Allow it to cool for about 15 minutes.

Place the sharlotka onto a serving platter.

Dust with confectioner’s sugar. You can also sprinkle it with a bit of cinnamon if you like.

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