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 square tin);
  • Baking paper;
  • Hand blender (optional, but very handy);
  • Apple corer and slicer (optional, but very handy);
  • Peeling knife.
  • 4 medium eggs;
  • 110g white sugar;
  • 80g brown sugar;
  • 150g self-raising plain;
  • 2 apples (3 apples if you are a fellow apple fanatic);
  • 1 tsp soda + just enough cider or white wine vinegar to dissolve it (optional, to make the dough even fluffier).
  • Optional: grated nutmeg or cardamom or coriander, nuts to top.
  1. Mix the eggs, sugar, soda dissolved in vinegar and flour. Tip: best to mix it roughly with a spoon, then make it smooth using the blender;
  2. Core, peel and thinly slice the apples. Tip: using apple corer and slicer makes it much faster;
  3. Mix the apples into the dough;
  4. Line the tin with a baking paper and pour the mix into it;
  5. Bake at 170˚C 45min – 1h (until the toothpick comes out dry); cover with foil halfway through the baking if necessary.

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