Russian Apple Cake Sharlotka (Шарлотка)

Sharlotka, traditional Russian apple cake, is everybody’s favourite, and it is very easy to make!

  • Baking tin (ingredients are for 20 cm round or square tin);
  • Baking paper;
  • Hand blender (optional);
  • Apple corer and slicer (optional, but very handy);
  • Peeling knife.
  • 3 medium eggs;
  • 200g white granular sugar;
  • 250g plain flour;
  • 1/2 tsp soda + just enough vinegar (ideally cider vinegar or white wine vinegar) to dissolve it;
  • 400-600g apples, preferably with acidic taste, e.g. Granny Smith (or 300-500g of peeled, sliced and cored apples).
  • Optional: grated nutmeg or cardamom or coriander, nuts to top.
  1. Mix the eggs, sugar and flour. It is better to do it by hand, but you can use a blender if you prefer;
  2. Fully dissolve soda in vinegar and incorporate it into the batter;
  3. Core, peel and thinly slice the apples. Tip: using an apple corer and slicer makes it much faster;
  4. Incorporate sliced apples into the batter;
  5. Line the tin with baking paper and pour the batter into the tin;
  6. Bake at 180˚C 45 min – 60 min, until a toothpick comes out dry; cover with foil if the top of the cake gets overcooked.

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