Friday, September 20, 2019

Apple Sharlotka Cake #TheCakeSliceBakers

Each month The Cake Slice Bakers are offered a selection of cakes from the current book we are baking through. This year it is The European Cake Cookbook by Tatyana Nesteruk*. We each choose one cake to bake, and then on the 20th - never before - we all post about our cake on our blogs. There are a few rules that we follow, but the most important ones are to have fun and enjoy baking & eating cakes! 

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The September 2019 selections were...
Apple Sharlotka Cake
Strawberry Verdens Beste
Apricot Mousse Cake
Italian Coconut Creme Cake
Apple Sharlotka Cake
makes one 8" cake + 2 cupcakes

This recipe is slightly adapted from the original because the proportions and instructions, as written, didn't work for me. Also, it made an 8" pan completely overflow. So, round two, I filled it where I knew it wouldn't overflow and used the extra batter to make two cupcakes. And I added some spices that weren't in the original because I love the combination of apple cake and warm Autumn flavors.

  • 16 ounce cottage cheese
  • 1/2 C butter, softened
  • 1 C organic granulated sugar
  • 1 t pure vanilla paste (extract works, too)
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 C milk (reduced from the original 1 C)
  • 2 C all-purpose flour
  • 3 t baking powder (reduced from 4 t)
  • 2 C peeled, diced apples (she wrote 2 apples, but mine were small, so I used four) + a few slices for the top
  • 1 t ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 t ground cardamom
  • 1/2 t ground ginger 
  • powdered sugar for serving
  • Also needed: 8" baking pan, parchment paper

Preheat the oven to 335 degrees F. Line a baking pan with parchment paper and set aside.

Drain the cottage cheese, just through a mesh strainer - no need to wring it dry, in my opinion. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. Add in the vanilla. Then whisk in the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Pour in the milk and whisk until smooth.

Sift in the flour, baking powder, and spiced. Mix lightly until just incorporated. Fold in the cottage cheese and apples. 

Pour the batter into the lined baking pan and top with sliced apple. Bake for an hour or until the top is set. If not done after an hour, check back at five minute intervals. Remove the cake to a wire rack and let cool.

When it's just barely warm to the touch, remove from the pan and dust with powdered sugar.

Serve slices plain or with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for a truly decadent Fall dessert.

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  1. That cake is so pretty! Yes, sometimes that book is a little off, isn't it?

  2. I added cinnamon, too, and agree it needs those spices! Also, I used a 9-inch pan and was amazed she called for an 8-inch. Didn't stop us from enjoying it, though!

  3. I like the idea of adding Fall spices--I'll bet that took it up a notch :)

  4. Your cake looks delicious and I love autumn flavors too - the warmer the better. Also, I am glad I am not the only one who has found discrepancies in this book.

  5. Yum! Good idea to add some spices. They seem to make apple desserts so much tastier.


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