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Sharlotka

Sharlotka or Russian Apple Cake

Serves: 4-6

Time: 1 hr

Kid Friendly Tasks: Stirring

For the uninitiated, Sharlotka is Russian apple cake, named it is said, after the beloved daughter Charlotte of its creator. Basically, it is like a sponge cake (so no butter or oil) with apple slices mixed in. It’s very sweet I find (probably to make up for the lack of butter, oil etc.) so it’s best to use nice tart apples for a lovely contrast. The good news is that it’s much lighter than your average cake, very much a sponge cake in that regard. It doesn’t go as far as regular cake so make extra if you’re feeding a crowd. I would not ice this cake, but would cover it in powdered sugar if you feel it needs decoration. It goes without saying that the perfect accompaniment is a hot cup of tea on a fall day, preferably from your samovar if you have one…

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Chocolate Caramel Cake

Chocolate Caramel Cake

Serves: 4-6

Time: 45 mins

Kid Friendly Tasks: Swirl Caramel

This is my youngest’s chosen birthday cake. He told me that for his birthday he wanted “soup and cake” (apparently we do eat a lot of soup) and the first time I made this cake he and I couldn’t stop eating it. The cake is super sweet because of the caramel swirl layer. I love that part (I keep digging for more caramel), but if you don’t like super sweet cake you might think this is a bit over the top. It’s so rich and creamy it’s almost a pudding cake.

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Strawberry Cake

Strawberry Cake

Serves: 6-8

Time: 1 hr

Kid Friendly Tasks: Berry Pickers

Turns out, a pretty good cake was hidden under all that extra fluff. This is now my new favorite strawberry cake, replacing even the classic shortcake. It would also be excellent with other seasonal berries like the black raspberries we picked last weekend, yum!

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Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

This cake is so old school. When was the last time you had pineapple upside down cake? Can you even remember when? Were there maraschino cherries involved? In so many ways it’s trashy the way […]

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Anka Torte

Lemon Anka Cake

Serves: 8-10

Time: 2hrs

Kid Friendly Tasks: Curd Spreader

This was a cake made regularly by the long suffering (in my opinion) wife of Leo Tolstoy. It is named Anke cake after the doctor friend of Sofia Andreevna’s family. The recipe was given to her mother and then on to her. It was so loved by the Tolstoy family that Leo himself said, “a holiday without Anka Cake is like Christmas without the Christmas tree or Easter without the colored eggs.” (true quote!)

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