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How To Make Fast and Easy Russian Apple Sharlotka

Apple Shartlotka:  The Finished Product

Apple Shartlotka: The Finished Product

The Basic Ingredients and Kitchen Tools You Will Need

Basic Ingredients and Kitchen Tools Needed to Make Russian Sharlotka

  1. Large mixing bowl
  2. A mixing apparatus, whether it be an electric mixer or hand mixer is up to you.
  3. Flour
  4. Apples-You Choose. I prefer Gala or Fuji.
  5. Sugar
  6. Butter
  7. Eggs
  8. Kefir, Yogurt, or Sour Cream
  9. Cinnamon (Optional)
  10. Powdered Sugar (Optional)
  11. 9 X 12 Baking Pan
  12. Crisco or Coconut Oil to Grease the Pan
  13. Gas or Electric Oven (this should be self explanatory, but you never know!!!)
  14. Toothpick (to test for doneness)
  15. Serving plates (this should be self explanatory too)
  16. A knife to cut the Sharlotka into pieces
  17. Forks so your guests can eat their share (fingers work too)
  18. Napkins to wipe sticky fingers after enjoying their tasty treat.
  19. Some tasty drink to wash the whole mess down with. I recommend Apple Pie Boilo with or without the Four Queens Whiskey depending on the age of your guests.

How to Make Russian Apple Sharlotka

Russian Apple Sharlotka, Is It Cake or Is it Pie, or Is It Both?

My lovely Russian wife refers to Russian Apple Sharlotka as pie. In my opinion, anything that doesn't have a crust, and in which the main ingredient is flour, is cake. Either way, it's a very tasty treat. In my house, every time this wonderful dessert is made, the recipe changes, so here I am going to give you a basic recipe, to the best of my ability, which you can modify to your liking. Nothing ever actually gets measured in the making of this dessert at home either, so I am going to give you the best "estimates" that I possibly can.

Of course, you MUST have apples, but it is up to you to decide what kind of apples to use. A lot of people choose Granny Smith Apples for baking recipes; however, I prefer Gala Apples or Fuji Apples, at least for this particular dessert treat. Most people reading this article, I'm sure, already know how to peel, core, and slice an apple, but just in case, I have included a handy , how-to video for those who may have never tried to perpare apples for a cake or pie.

Naturally, one would need some tasty drink to wash this sticky mess down with, and I personally recommend Apple Pie Boilo. Most of you have probably never heard of this drink, which is a coal-cracker specialty from the mining towns of Pennsylvania. Look for the recipe to come shortly. Apple Pie Boilo can be prepared as an alcohol or non-alcohol drink depending on the nature of your guests.

Gala Apples are My #1 Choice for Russian Apple Sharlotka

Gala Apples  Photo by: Sven Teschke

Gala Apples Photo by: Sven Teschke

... But, You Can Use Any Type of Apple You Want

Granny Smith Apples:  These make for a slightly more tart Russian Apple Sharlotka

Granny Smith Apples: These make for a slightly more tart Russian Apple Sharlotka


  • 3 Eggs, Preferably from Chickens, because Ostrich eggs are way too big
  • 200 grams* Sugar, Bet You Didn't Expect to Have to Do Metric Conversion, Did You?
  • 200 grams* Flour
  • 5 Tbs Sour cream, kefir, or yogurt
  • 5-6 Apples, Peeled and Cored, I prefer Gala or Fuji
  • 1/2 tsp Baking soda
  • 1 tsp Dry cocoa, Optional
  • 2 Bananas, Optional
  • 1 Orange, Optional
  • To Lightly Cover Apples Cinnamon, Optional
  • To Lightly Cover Top of Sharlotka Powdered Sugar, Optional

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Sharlotka Preparation

  1. Mix all incgredients except the apples together in a big bowl.
  2. Mix until a uniform consistency is attained.
  3. Pre-Heat Oven.
  4. Cut apples (and any other fruits you want to add into small pieces. (I prefer to cut apples into eighths, but that is totally up to you.
  5. Add apples into mixure OR pour mixture into 9 X 12 greased, lighly butered, or lightly floured baking pan and add apples on top. Or pour half of mix, add apples in middle, a touch of cinnamon (optional), and then add the balance of the mix on top.
  6. Bake 2.700*-3,000* seconds @176.67°C
  7. Remove sharlotka from oven and check for doneness by inserting a toothpick. If it comes out with no gook on it, then cake is done. If not, return cake to oven for an additional 5 minutes.
  8. Add powdered sugar on top if desired.

Be Creative, a Russian Apple Sharlotka Can Be Your Experimental Canvas

Be Creative--Experiment With This Apple Sharlotka Recipe

As with any other recipe, there are a multiple ways this can be modified to suit your own tastes. The first, obviously, is that there is no hard and fast rule as to what kind of apples you use. You can use any type of apples that you find to be particularly tasty. OR, you can use a totally different fruit and not use apples at all. Of course, then it won't be an "Apple Sharlotka," but you can make an equally tasty cake by using peaches instead of apples, just pit them and peel off the outer skin. Everything else in the recipe can remain the same.

How about cactus pear cake, apricot cake, or plum cake? If you want to add a little crunch, you can always add some crushed nuts to the recipe (make sure you give proper notice to your guests in case anyone has an allergy to nuts).

You can make your recipe a little bit healhier by using honey to sweeten it, rather than sugar, and if you won't to be really imaginative, you can experiment with different types of flour. I haven't tried experiment with any other flours for this recipe yet, so you are on your own in your own creative kitchen. There are plenty of different types of flours besides your basic wheat flour, and they all behave slightly differently. Perhaps, you can try coconut flour, but if you do, you may have to cut the amount of flour in half and double the amount of eggs, because coconut flour absorbs liquids much more readily than wheat flour. Maybe you can write a Hub about your success or failure.

Russian Apple Sharlotka Video Instructions (Hey, If You Are Going to Make a Russian Dish, You Should Learn Some Russian, Right?)

Preparation and Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

30 min

50 min

1 hour 20 min


Kitchen Stand Mixers

I don't necessarily think you have to have a stand mixer to make most recipes, except maybe for bread or pizza dough, but if you want Amazon and E-Bay usually have some pretty good deals on them. I have always had pretty good luck with Hamilton Beach Kitchen Appliances and KitchenAid Kitchen Appliances, so if you really think you need a stand mixer, below are some good options.

The Best Thing About Russian Apple Sharlotka

The Best Thing About Russian Apple Sharlotka

The best thing about Russian Apple Sharlotka is it's amazing simplicity and the fact that it is quick to prepare. The ingredient list is short and simple, it's easy to modify, and the most time consuming part of the whole thing is the time that it spends in the oven, during which you could be doing some of the initial prep work for making my easy peanut butter buckeye balls that I wrote about in a previous Hub.

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Conversions Factors

*200 grams=1 Cup


*2,700 seconds = 45 minutes

*3,000 seconds = 50 minutes


John Fisher (author) from Easton, Pennsylvania on February 03, 2014:

@Eiddwen-Thanks for your comment. This is a GREAT recipe, but every time my wife makes it, she makes it different, but this recipe is the most basic version.

Eiddwen from Wales on February 01, 2014:

Mmm I now have to try this one out.

Here's to so many more to follow.


John Fisher (author) from Easton, Pennsylvania on December 06, 2013:

@Minnetonka Twin--Eat in good health and be creative, because there's lots of room for flexibility with this recipe.

Linda Rogers from Minnesota on December 06, 2013:

I can't wait to bake this. It reminds me of an apple cobbler cake my neighbor use to make when I was a child. Thanks so much for the recipe!

John Fisher (author) from Easton, Pennsylvania on November 26, 2013:

@Stephanie Henkel--Humor??? Surely, you jest!!! I'm seriously thinkinig about trying this recipe with ostrich eggs. Should feed about 30-40 people, I reckon.

John Fisher (author) from Easton, Pennsylvania on November 26, 2013:

Hi PurvisBobbi44.--Let me know how it turns out. Just try not to eat too many of them, as they can be habit-forming.

Stephanie Henkel from USA on November 25, 2013:

This looks delicious, and reminds me of an apple cake that my mother used to make. Your great photographs and your sense of humor add a lot to this unique recipe hub! Voted up all the way!

Barbara Purvis Hunter from Florida on November 25, 2013:


What a great recipe hub to share with us. It looks so good and I am hoping when I try it---mine will look and taste great too.

Have a great week.

Bobbi Purvis

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