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Sharlotka Apple Cake

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Sharlotka Apple Cake is very popular dessert in slavic families. It is soft and loaded with apples. This recipe requares fresh apples and simple ingredients, that easy to find. I added a modern twist to the recipe. This is my favorite cake from childhood and I am sure you will love it too.

sharlotka apple cake

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Ingreedients needed

  • fresh apples. Take your favorite big green or red apples.
  • eggs. Eggs should be room temperature.
  • flour. All-purpose flour will work for this recipe.
  • baking powder, salt, cinnamon powder, lemon juice.
  • sugar. granulated white sugar and powdered sugar. I use both sugars in this recipe for texture.
  • butter. Unsalted butter was used in this recipe.
sharlotka apple cake

How to make Sharlotka Apple Cake

wash and cut fresh apples. Cook apples over medium heat in the pan for 10-15 minutes.

Tip from Marina: to cook apples, you can add spoon or more unsalted butter into frying pan.

make french meringue. How to make french meringue check here

make cake dough

assemble cake layers

bake cake. This recipe makes one 9×13 inch baking pan or two 9 inch baking pans.

cool cake, cut and enjoy.

Tips for making Sharlotka Apple Cake

  • get everything ready and only then start making cake
  • use eggs room temperature.
  • when you are cooking apples, you can add water or apple sauce to keep it more liquady.
  • meringue layer of the cake should be thin

How to store cake

Store in the air-tight container at room temperature for 2 days. I would not recommend to freeze this cake. This cake dessapears really fast.

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Sharlotka Apple Cake

Course Dessert
Cuisine American, Ukrainian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8 people
Author Marina of www.everythingmarina.com


  • 1 stand mixer or electric hand mixer


  • 5 fresh big apples
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 5 large eggs
  • 2 ½ cup all-purpose flour 400 gr
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup unsalted butter 226 gr
  • 1 cup granulated white sugar 200 gr
  • 4 Tablespoon powdered sugar 40 gr
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • ¼ tsp salt


  • Preheat oven to 350 F (180C)
  • Separate eggs for egg yolks and egg whites. Set aside.
  • Wash, peal and cut fresh apples to small cubes.
  • In the frying pan add apple cubes and cinnamon powder, cover with the lid and cook for about 10-15minutes. Turn off the heat and let it cool.
  • In the mixing bowl, whisk flour, baking powder and powdered sugar. Set aside.
  • In the mixing bowl of stand mixer, sift flour mixture. Add cubes of unsalted butter and egg yolks. Using pedal attachment, mix untill all combine.
  • In the other mixing bowl add egg whites and salt. Whisk for about 30 seconds. Add granulated white sugar and whisk for about 5minutes over medium speed. You need to make french meringue.
  • Add lemon juice intofrench meringue and whisk again for 15-20 seconds.
  • Line up baking pan with parchment paper.
  • Add about 3/4 of the dough intopan and press lightly with the fingers.
  • Spred cooked apples over dough with the help of spatula or spoon.
  • Add french meringue and spread over apples.
  • Top with the remaining dough.
  • Bake for 40-45 minutes at 350 F degrees (180C) or untill top of the cake will be light brown.
  • Remove cake from the oven and let it cool to room temperature.
  • Cut into squares and enjoy!


Eggs should be room temperature. Unsalted butter can be straight from the fridge. 

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