Sharlotka Apple Cake

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Sharlotka Apple Cake is a very popular dessert in Slavic families. It is soft and loaded with apples. This recipe requires fresh apples and simple ingredients, that are 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.

 apple cake cut into square pieces.

Ingredients note

  • fresh apples. Take your favorite big green or red apples.
  • eggs. Eggs should be at 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.
 square pieces of apple cake.

How to make this recipe

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 a spoon or more unsalted butter to the frying pan.

chopped apples in the pan.
ingredients in the mixing bowl.

Make French meringue. I have a detailed video on my YouTube Channel.

Make cake dough.

mixing bowl with ingredients.
dough in the square pan.

Assemble cake layers. Spread cooked apples over the dough with the help of a spatula or spoon.

Bake the cake at 350oF (180oC) for 40-45 minutes. This recipe makes one 9×13-inch baking pan or two 9-inch baking pans.

Cool the cake, cut and enjoy.

apple layer in the square pan.
meringue layer in the square pan.

Expert Tips

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

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Recipe FAQs

How to store Sharlotka Apple Cake?

Store the cake in the air-tight container at room temperature for 2 days.

Can I freeze Sharlotka Apple Cake?

I would not recommend freezing this cake. The meringue layer will be soggy after defrosting.

piece of sharlotte apple cake.

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sharlotka apple cake

Sharlotka Apple Cake

Sharlotka Apple Cake is soft and loaded with apple dessert. This recipe requires fresh apples and simple ingredients, that are easy to find.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, Ukrainian
Servings 8 people
Calories 557 kcal


  • 1 stand mixer or electric hand mixer
  • 1 spatula


  • 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 350oF (180oC).
  • 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 a stand mixer, sift the flour mixture. Add cubes of unsalted butter and egg yolks. Using pedal attachment, mix until 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 5 minutes over medium speed. You need to make French meringue.
  • Add lemon juice to french meringue and whisk again for 15-20 seconds.
  • Line up the baking pan with parchment paper.
  • Add about 3/4 of the dough intopan and press lightly with the fingers.
  • Spread cooked apples over the dough with the help of a spatula or spoon.
  • Add french meringue and spread over apples.
  • Top with the remaining dough.
  • Bake at 350oF (180oC) for 40-45 minutes at 350 F degrees (180C) or until the top of the cake is light brown.
  • Remove the cake from the oven and let it cool to room temperature.
  • Cut into squares and enjoy!


Eggs should be at room temperature. Unsalted butter can be straight from the fridge.
When you are cooking apples, you can add water or apple sauce to keep it more liquid. 


Serving: 1servingCalories: 557kcalCarbohydrates: 75gProtein: 8gFat: 26gSaturated Fat: 16gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 163mgSodium: 170mgPotassium: 211mgFiber: 4gSugar: 41gVitamin A: 920IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 67mgIron: 3mg
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