Easy apple cake (sharlotka)
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easy apple cake (sharlotka)
Yields: 8 Servings Difficulty: Easy Prep Time: 15 Mins Cook Time: 50 Mins Total Time: 1 Hr 5 Mins

This easy apple cake is going to be your new favorite easy and light cake! This cake is fluffy, light, airy, moist, soft, and delicious. This apple cake contains only a few simple ingredients to make and takes under 20 minutes to prep.

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You will love this easy apple cake recipe, like our apple turnovers, apple crumble pie, apple upside-down cake.

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What is a sharlotka cake?

Sharlotka cake is a very popular Russian apple cake that is made with super simple ingredients. It’s known to be affordable, quick to make, and easy. Russian sharlotka cake is made with a simple sponge cake mixture, mixed with lots of apples.

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Ingredients for apple cake (sharlotka):

The ingredients for this east apple cake are super simple and basic, you probably have them laying around in your kitchen.

Apples– we like to use granny smith apples for this recipe, they are a little bit less sweet, but any kind of your favorite apples will work!

Flour– we used all-purpose flour for this cake, cake flour will work as well.

Baking powder– to allow the cake to rise.

Vanilla extract– for extra flavor.

Sugar– we used granulated sugar for this recipe, caster sugar will work too.

Eggs– use room temperature eggs. Make sure you pull out the eggs from the fridge 20 minutes before making the cake.

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This easy apple cake is:

  • Extremely easy to make.
  • Melt in your mouth delicious.
  • Made with simple ingredients.
  • Perfect to make when you need a quick dessert.
  • The perfect size for family gatherings.

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How to make apple cake (sharlotka):

Preheat the oven to 180c (350f) and prep a parchment paper-lined 8-inch cake pan.

Peel and cut the apples into small bite-size cubes.

Into a big bowl or a stand mixer bowl, add the eggs and the sugar, and whip until the mixture is light and fluffy.

Add the vanilla extract, and the sliced apples, and lightly fold with a spatula until the mixture is just combined.

Add the baking powder and flour (sift the flour) and fold the batter until the mixture is just combined, and you don’t see any flour lumps. you do not want to overmix the batter.

Pour the cake batter into the cake pan and top with extra apple pieces.

Bake the cake in a 180c (350f) preheated oven for 45-50 minutes.

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Frequently asked questions:

How long will this apple cake last?

This cake will last for up to 3 days stored in an airtight container at room temperature of up to 5 days stored in the fridge.

What apples should I use for this recipe?

Use your favorite kind of apples! We like using granny smith apples, but any apple kind will work. If you like sweet apples, use Honeycrisp, or pink lady.

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How to serve this cake?

Serve this apple cake next to a cup of coffee or tea. We like adding a big scoop of vanilla ice cream on top of the cake, but this cake tastes amazing by itself!

Can I freeze this cake?

Yes! This cake is very easy to freeze. After baking, let the cake cool to room temperature, transfer it into a freezer-friendly Ziploc bag, or wrap it tightly with a plastic wrap. Freeze up to 2 months.
To thaw: place the cake in the refrigerator overnight or place it at room temperature for a few hours.

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Tips to master this recipe:

  • Don’t overmix the batter- This step is crucial, you don’t want to develop the gluten in the flour. This step is important and prevents a dry and dense cake.
  • Use your favorite apples- Use your favorite kind of apples! We like using granny smith apples, but any apple kind will work. If you like sweet apples, use
  • Use room temperature eggs- Make sure you pull out the eggs from the fridge 20 minutes before making the cake. This step helps the cake mixing process to be smooth.

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More apple recipes to try:

Apple upside-down cake- This upside-down apple cake recipe is a must-have for fall. This upside-down apple cake features an incredibly moist cake that is loaded with cinnamon and nutmeg, topped with a caramelized apple topping. This cake is simply irresistible.

Apple crumble- This apple crumble recipe is extremely easy to make, true comfort food with a crispy crumble exterior and a caramelized apple filling interior.

Apple turnovers These apple turnovers are so easy to make, and taste absolutely incredible. Made with a delicious apple filling and wrapped with flaky puff pastry.

Apple crumb pie- coming soon

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