Russian Apple Cake “Sharlotka” Recipe

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This Russian apple cake called “Sharlotka” is the easiest to make apple cake recipe ever.  All you need to make Sharlotka is apples, flour, sugar and eggs.  Just cut up the apples, mix flour, sugar and eggs in a bowl, pour over apples and bake!

How To Make Sharlotka Russian Apple Cake

Sharlotka is a very popular Russian recipe – everybody in Russia knows how to make Sharlotka :)  This apple cake recipe became so famous because it is so easy to make and uses such simple ingredients.  The ingredients are so common, and the quantities are easy to remember – if you make this recipe more than one time, you’ll have it memorized :)

A great thing about Sharlotka apple cake is that it’s very low fat – it doesn’t use any oil or butter.  Plus it has apples!  Yummy cake that’s also pretty healthy – that’s quite a find!

You can serve Sharlotka warm or cold – it’s so yummy!  If serving Sharlotka apple cake warm, it goes really well with ice cream!

The authentic Russian version of Sharlotka doesn’t use baking powder because baking powder didn’t exist in Russia until very recently. Instead of baking powder, the original recipe used 1/2 tsp of baking soda mixed with 1/2 tsp of vinegar. However, since baking powder is readily available in the USA and produces the same effect, I just use the baking powder :)

apple cake

How To Make Russian Apple Cake “Sharlotka”

Here are the ingredients for Sharlotka apple cake –

4 apples:

apples for sharlotka

4 eggs:

eggs for sharlotka apple cake

1 cup of sugar:

picture of 1 cup of sugar

1 cup of flour

picture of 1 cup of flour

1 tsp of baking powder

picture of 1 tsp teaspoon baking powder

See how easy it is to remember the ingredients of Russian Sharlotka apple cake :)

Here’s the picture of sliced apples on the bottom of the baking pan:

sliced apples for apple cake

And here’s the picture of the apple cake batter poured over the apples:

sharlotka apple cake before baking

And here’s the picture of the baked Sharlotka apple cake – right out of the oven!

freshly baked apple cake picture

Enjoy this yummy Sharlotka apple cake!  Also, check out my best homemade apple pie recipe for a really delicious apple pie!  If you are looking for more Russian recipes, don’t miss Olivie, Holodets, beet vinegret and Russian syrniki!

slice of russian apple cake Sharlotka

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Russian Apple Cake "Sharlotka" Recipe

This is an authentic Russian recipe for a classic Russian apple cake called "Sharlotka". It might be the easiest cake recipe you will ever make! So yummy!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time45 minutes
Total Time50 minutes
Course: Cake
Cuisine: Russian
Keyword: apple
Cooking Method: Oven
Diet: Vegetarian
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 233kcal


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  • Preheat the oven to 350F.
  • Spray a non-stick round 9-inch baking pan with a non-stick cooking spray.
  • Cut the apples into slices and put them on the bottom of the pan.
  • In a bowl, whisk the eggs with sugar. Add the flour and baking powder. Mix until combined.
  • Pour the batter over the apples.
  • Put the pan in the oven and bake for 45 minutes.


Also, check out my recipes for best ever apple pie, apple strudel and apple cinnamon bread.  Enjoy!
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Calories: 233kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 33mg | Potassium: 208mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 35g | Vitamin A: 168IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. HI! When you bring the Sharlotka to the table do you leave it in the tin or turn it out onto a plate? I am looking forward to making it on Sunday.

    1. The top of the Sharlotka looks better than the bottom, so you need to either serve it in a baking tin, or invert it on a plate and then flip it again on another plate so the top of the cake is facing up.

      1. Your sharlitka is going to look and taste better if you sprinkle some cinnamon ontop. Also, use Granny Smith apples.

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