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Apple Sharlotka Recipe (Russian Apple Cake)

This rustic dessert is a great alternative to the traditional apple pie. With a crumbly base and a decadent apple filling, this apple tart won’t last long!

What is a sharlotka cake?

A sharlotka cake is a sponge cake filled with apple pieces. Many recipes layer the apple pieces on top of the batter. It’s similar to a fruit upside down cake!

Where did sharlotka come from?

Sharlotka is common in Russian cuisine. It was created by a French chef for the Russian Czar Alexander I. The name “sharlotka came from it’s popular first name, Charlotte Russe. It grew in popularity during the Soviet era and to this day is one of my classic Russian food recipes we love to make at home.

When do you eat sharlotka?

This yummy cake can be eat with a cup of coffee for breakfast or as a dessert with a scoop of ice cream. It’s the best apple cake recipe!


This soft and cozy Apple Sharlotka recipe is here to be enjoyed on those chilly autumn days!

This tart apple recipe is the best thing to happen to the autumn season. No joke! When it’s too cold outside to take evening sunset walks, I like to curl up with a cup of tea, a good book, and this delicious apple sponge cake. The top of the cake is covered in apple slices, with a soft and spongy bottom. The cake batter is so easy to make, you’ll have this Russian sharlotka cake ready to be enjoyed in no time. I like to make it for my own family as often as I can.

Have you got some extra apples at home and don’t know what to do with them? I’ve got the perfect recipe for you: this easy apple cake. It’s an apple pie and upside-down cake put together and it is fantastic. Perfect for those winter nights where you just want to cozy up next to something warm, comfy, and sinfully satisfying. Winner winner, let’s have apple tart after dinner.

Tips To Make The Perfect Sharlotka Apple Cake

Start by mixing your wet ingredients. Then slowly, add in the dry ingredients. The base of this dessert is formed with a batter that looks very much like pancake batter. Start by combining the eggs, sugar, and vanilla before adding in the baking powder and flour. All of these ingredients can be found at the grocery store year round. I recommend using fresh fall apples for any apple desserts.


Try to slice your apples evenly. You don’t want some slices to be overbaked while others are too tough to cut through. Ensuring that all the apple slices are about the same size will result in a uniform texture throughout this light cake.

Grease the bottom of your pan generously. The apples will be on the bottom of the pan and you don’t want them to stick. Trust me, you’ll have a tough time taking the tart out of the pan and it might just break on you. All you have to do is make sure you spray or grease the bottom liberally.

If you follow these tips, I’m sure your apple pound tart will come out beautifully! Bon appetit!

What do I need to make this recipe?

Fresh apples start off the simple ingredients of this cake. The best apples to use would be granny smith apples or golden delicious. These apples bake best.

Eggs add in texture to this Russian cake.

Sugar sweetens up the tart apples and the cake batter.

Flour provides the structure in baked goods.

Vanilla adds a subtle and important flavor to the sponge layer of this basic recipe.

Baking powder lightens the texture of this easy cake.

Powdered sugar (or confectioner’s sugar) is for the topping. You can just sift it on top for best results!


Here are more delicious autumn recipes for this season:

Easy Apple Jam with 2 Ingredients is one of the easiest apple recipes to make!

Quick and Easy Guacamole Dip with Sour Cream is a fun appetizer recipe.


Apple Sharlotka Recipe (Russian Apple Cake)

Apple Pound Tart is perfect for those extra apples you have around. Just chop them up, top with the batter, and bake! Flip over to enjoy!
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Course: brunch, Desserts
Cuisine: Russian
Allergy: Dairy Free, Nut Free, Vegetarian
Total Time: 45 minutes
Calories: 190kcal


  • mixing bowl
  • Large bowl
  • Measuring spoon
  • Strainer set
  • Vegetable pepper
  • Pan


  • 6 apples, peeled
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • ¾ cup flour
  • 1 splash vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 Tbsp powdered sugar


  • In a mixer beat together 3 eggs and 1/2 cup sugar on medium speed.
    3 eggs, ½ cup sugar
  • Add in a splash of vanilla and ½ teaspoon baking powder.
    1 splash vanilla extract, ½ tsp baking powder
  • Turn on to low speed and add in ¾ cup flour, mix it all together.
    ¾ cup flour
  • Peel and slice the apples.
    6 apples,
  • Spray a tart or cake pan and place apple sliced on the bottom of the pan.
  • Pour the batter over the apples.
  • Bake in the oven for 30-40 minutes at 350°F.
  • Once finished baking, flip it over onto a plate so the apples are on top.
  • Let if cool down for 10 minutes then sift some powdered sugar on top. Enjoy!
    1 Tbsp powdered sugar


Calories: 190kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 61mg | Sodium: 52mg | Potassium: 182mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 163IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. 5 stars
    Thank you for this wonderful recipe. This is my husband’s favorite dessert and he absolutely loved it. It’s super delicious, soft, & moist. The best Apple Pie Recipe that we ever tried, & the best part is that it was perfect on sweetness.