Kartoshka Dessert

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“Kartoshka” means potato in Russian. This Kartoshka Dessert looks like real potatoes but doesn’t contain potatoes. They are made from chocolate cake sponge, butter, condensed milk and covered in chocolate glaze. Very tasty dessert that brings a lot of childhood memories.

potato-looking dessert made with chocolate sponge cake.

Ingredients note

  • all-purpose flour
  • granulated sugar
  • eggs room temperature
  • vegetable oil 
  • Valrhona cocoa powder (plus more for dusting) 
  • hot boiled water
  • baking soda
  • baking powder
  • pinch of salt 
kartoshka dessert

How to make this recipe

Preheat oven to 350oF (175oC). Line the baking pan with parchment paper. 

Separate egg whites and egg yolks. 

In the bowl of stand mixer add egg white and beat for 30- 40 seconds. Add granulated sugar slowly and beat for 5- 7 minutes or until stiff peaks form. Mix all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, and a pinch of salt. Set aside. 

In a separate bowl mix cocoa powder and hot water. Add vegetable oil and egg yolks. Mix well. Add this mixture to the meringue (egg whites with sugar) and sift dry ingredients. Mix carefully with the spatula so as not to deflate too many air bubbles. 

Transfer the batter to a baking pan and level up with a spatula. 

Bake 12-15 minutes or until “clean toothpick “. 

Remove from the oven and let the cake sponge cool completely.

Meanwhile, make Cream.

Ingredients:

  • Unsalted butter room temperature
  • Condensed milk 

In the bowl of stand mixer with pedal attachment add room temperature butter and cream on high speed for a minute. Add condensed milk and beat it together for another minute, scrape the sides of the mixer bowl and beat it again for a minute or so. 

How to assemble

In the bowl with cream add the cake sponge and mix well with a pedal attachment or spatula. The cake mixture should be like wet sand. 

Scoop the cake mixture and roll it into a ball, then into an oval shape. 

Tip from Marina: I like to use an ice cream scoop to make all Kartoshka the same size. 

Place shaped kartoshka onto pan with parchment paper. Place in the freezer for 1 hour or so.

How to make chocolate glaze

Chop the white chocolate and place it in a plastic bowl or cup. Melt in the microwave in 30-second intervals stirring after every 30 seconds.

Add grapeseed oil and emulsify with hand blender. 

The working temperature for chocolate should be 34oC (93oF).

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Then using a fork or dipping tool, drop each Kartoshka into the melted chocolate glaze and place it on the prepared baking sheet. 

Dust with cocoa powder. 

How to store Kartoshka dessert

Store Kartoshka dessert in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 4-5 days.  Allow to come down to room temperature before serving or they will be too hard and cold. 

kartoshka dessert

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Karthoshka dessert

Kartoshka Dessert

Marina
This dessert looks like real potatoes but doesn’t contain potatoes. They are made from chocolate cake sponge, butter, condensed milk and covered in chocolate glaze. 
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Dessert
Cuisine russian
Servings 12 cookies
Calories 363 kcal

Equipment

  • stand mixer or electric hand mixer
  • immersion blender

Ingredients
  

Chocolate cake sponge

  • 96 gr ( ¾ cup) all-purpose flour
  • 100 gr ( ½ cup) granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs room temperature
  • 40 gr (4 tablespoon) vegetable oil 
  • 30 gr (3 Tablespoon) Valrhona cocoa powder (plus more for dusting) 
  • 4 gr (1 teaspoon) baking powder
  • 1 gr (1/4 teaspoon) baking soda
  • 100 gr (½  cup) hot boiled water
  • pinch of salt

Cream

  • 113 gr (1 stick) unsalted butter room temperature
  • 100 gr (1/4 cup) condensed milk

Chocolate glaze

  • 300 gr (1 cup) white chocolate
  • 30 gr (3 Tablespoon) grapeseed oil

Instructions
 

Chocolate cake sponge

  • Preheat oven to 350oF (175oC).
  • Line baking pan with parchment paper. 
  • Separate egg whites and egg yolks. 
  • In the bowl of stand mixer add egg white and beat for 30- 40 seconds. Add granulated sugar slowly and beat for 5-7minuts or until stiff peaks formed.
  • Mix all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda and pinch of salt. Set aside. 
  • In the separate bowl mix cocoa powder and hot water. Add vegetable oil and egg yolks. Mix well. Add this mixture to the meringue (egg whites with sugar) and sift dry ingredients. Mix carefully with the spatula not to deflate too many air bubbles. 
  • Transfer batter into baking pan and level up with spatula. 
  • Bake 12-15 minutes or until “clean toothpick “. 
  • Remove from the oven and let the cake sponge cool completely.

Cream

  • In the bowl of stand mixer with pedal attachment add room temperature butter and cream on high speed for a minute.
  • Add condensed milk and beat it together for another minute, scrape the sides of the mixer bowl and beat it again for a minute or so. 

Chocolate glaze

  • Chop the white chocolate and place it in a plastic bowl or cup. Melt in the microwave in 30-second intervals stirring after every 30 seconds.
  • Add grape oil and emulsify with hand blender.
  • Working temperature for chocolate should be 34C (93F)

How to assemble Kartoshka Dessert

  •  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 
  • In the bowl with cream add cake sponge and mix well with pedal attachment or spatula. The cake mixture should be like wet send. 
  • Scoop the cake mixture and roll into a ball, then into an oval shape. 
  • Place shaped kartoshka onto pan with parchment paper. Place in the freezer for 1 hour or so.
  • Using a fork or dipping tool, drop each Kartoshka into the melted chocolate glaze and place on the prepared baking sheet. 
  • Dust with cocoa powder. 

Notes

Get all ingredients ready before making this recipe. 
Measure all ingredients using a kitchen scale. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookieCalories: 363kcalCarbohydrates: 35gProtein: 5gFat: 24gSaturated Fat: 11gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0.3gCholesterol: 69mgSodium: 109mgPotassium: 167mgFiber: 1gSugar: 28gVitamin A: 324IUVitamin C: 0.3mgCalcium: 106mgIron: 1mg
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4 Comments

  1. Hi!
    Is there supposed to be ”cream” in the ”cream”?
    Ingrediens says butter and condensed milk, but in the description it says ”butter and cream”?
    Excited to try this!

    1. No,there is no cream. The word “cream” used as a verb. You have to cream (whip, mix, beat) the butter.

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