Russian/Ukrainian Apple Cake Sharlotka (Шарлотка)

Sharlotka, a traditional Russian/Ukrainian apple cake, is everybody’s favorite, 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 eggs of any size;
  • 200g white granular sugar;
  • 250g plain flour;
  • a pinch of salt;
  • 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. Sift flour in a bowl. Add sugar, a pinch of salt and mix.;
  2. Break the eggs in a separate bowl, lightly beat them, add to sugar and flour, and mix until the batter becomes homogenous.;
  3. Fully dissolve soda in vinegar and incorporate it into the batter;
  4. Core, peel and thinly slice the apples. Tip: using an apple corer and slicer makes it much faster;
  5. Incorporate sliced apples into the batter;
  6. Line the tin with baking paper and pour the batter into the tin;
  7. 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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