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A slice of apple cake with powdered sugar

Sharlotka Apple Cake Recipe

“Sharlotka” is a classic Russian apple cake. In some parts of the world, it's known as the French Apple cake. The best part? This cake only requires 5 ingredients and around 25 minutes of prep time! 
Course Dessert, Pastries
Cuisine Russian, Ukrainian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 225kcal



  • Wash, peal and dice apples into one inch pieces.
    4 apples peeled, core taken out and cut into fourths
  • Using a mixer, beat eggs with sugar, until it’s three times in volume.
    3 eggs and sugar in a mixing bowl
  • Using a spatula, fold in flour by thirds; be very gentle with the dough, to not overmix it and lose the fluffiness.
    Flour being mixed into the batter with a spatula
  • Lay out the diced apples on the bottom of a 9 inch pan. Cover apples with cake batter, shake the pan a bit, to spread batter between each apple piece.
    Apples placed on the bottom of the baking pan and batter poured over the apples
  • Bake it at 350F for 40 minutes, check using a wooden toothpick. If the cake is ready, the dough should not stick to the toothpick. 
    Sharlotka Apple Cake in a baking pan standing on a cutting board
  • Once the cake cools off a little, turn it over with the bottom up and dust with some powdered sugar.
    Apple cake on the counter with powdered sugar



Calories: 225kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 61mg | Sodium: 25mg | Potassium: 137mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 35g | Vitamin A: 138IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg