December 20, 2019

Apple Sharlotka ~ TheCakeSliceBakers

Apple Sharlotka Cake is a delicious combination of an apple cake and Ukrainian cheesecake.

It is hard to believe that twelve months have gone by and this will be the last cake we officially bake from The European Cake Cookbook.  The journey through Europe with all of these delicious cakes has been wonderful.  There have been peaks and valleys with some of the recipes, but it was a magical ride and I learned a lot. Remember to check back next month for the big reveal of the cake-centric cookbook that we will be baking through in 2020.

As is the tradition every year, the final cake that we bake is free choice.  I choose this Apple Sharlotka as it got good reviews from some of the other bakers in The Cake Slice Bakers. I have never baked with cottage cheese before.  Of course I purchased small-curd rather than large curd, but it still seemed to work out just fine.  I may even go as far as saying it may have been even better since I did not want large chunks of cottage cheese in my cake - just a personal preference.

This was actually a delicious cake. I may have chosen it because I already had most of the ingredients and I did not want to face the supermarket at this time of the year on a weekend, but it turned out to be quite yummy.  Instead of powdered sugar I decided to pour a little caramel sauce over the top as it seemed fitting for this time of the year.

Apple Sharlotka
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  • 454g (16 oz) large-curd cottage cheese
  • 115g (½ cup) butter, softened
  • 200g (1 cup) sugar
  • 5ml (1 teaspoon) vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs
  • 235ml (1 cup) milk
  • 250g (2 cups) flour
  • 15g (4 teaspoons) baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 peeled apples, diced
  • 10g (1 tablespoon) cornstarch
  • powdered sugar (for dusting over the top)
  1. Heat the oven to 170℃ (335℉). 
  2. Place a circle of parchment in the bottom of an 8-inch springform pan.
  3. Put the cottage cheese in a cheesecloth and wring out as much liquid as possible. If you do this in batches it is a much easier task.
  4. In the bowl of a stand mixer cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
  5. Add the vanilla and eggs, one at a time.
  6. Add the milk and mix until just combined.
  7. Sift in the dry ingredients into the bowl, mixing just until combined.
  8. Toss the diced apples with the cornstarch, then set aside 65g (½ cup) of the apples for the top.
  9. Fold the remaining apples and cottage cheese into the batter.
  10. Pour the batter into the springform pan, and top with the reserved apples.
  11. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes, until the top is set.
  12. Remove the cake from the oven and allow it to cool on a wire rack.
  13. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve warm.

Each month The Cake Slice Bakers are offered a selection of cakes from the current book we are baking through. This year it is The European Cake Cookbook by Tatyana Nesteruk. We each choose one cake to bake, and then on the 20th - never before - we all post about our cake on our blogs. There are a few rules that we follow, but the most important ones are to have fun and enjoy baking & eating cakes!

Follow our Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest pages where you can find all of our cakes, as well as inspiration for many other cakes. You can also click on the thumbnail pictures below to take you to each of our cakes. If you have a blog and are interested in joining The Cake Slice Bakers and baking along with us, please send an email to thecakeslicebakers at gmail dot com for more details.

The Cake Slice Bakers also have a new Facebook group called The Cake Slice Bakers and Friends. This group is perfect for those who do not have a blog but want to join in the fun and bake through this book.


December 2019 is the final month we will be baking from The European Cake Cookbook and our tradition is that we have free choice of any of the cakes in the book ~

Lemon Drizzle Bundt Cake

Sirnek (Ukrainian Cheesecake)

Strawberries and Cream Crepe Cake

Apple Sharlotka

Triple-Chocolate Swiss Roll

Mozart Torte

Toscaka Torte


  1. Apple cake is one of my favorites. Great choice for the end of the chapter in this cookbook.

  2. It is so pretty with the caramel! I'm with you--I don't go to the grocery store right before Christmas unless I have to! Looks fantastic!

  3. This cake was one of the first that caught my eye from this book. It looks very rich and satisfying.


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