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Slice of Apple Sponge Cake

Apple Sponge Cake

Super delicious and moist Apple Sponge Cake, also called Russian Sharlotka will become your new faovrite apple dessert. It's so easy to make, topped with with a sweet and crispy almond layer which literally melts in your mouth.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Russian
Keyword almonds, crunchy, moist, Russian recipes, sweet
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 276kcal
Author Iryna


For almond topping


Slice the apples 

  • Peel, core and quarter 4 large or 5 medium apples. Slice them thinly and place in a bowl while you make the batter.

Make the batter

  • In a large bowl add 3 eggs and ½ cup of sugar. Beat using a hand mixer until sugar dissolves. Add in 3 tablespoons of sour cream and beat again until it's fully incorporated into the batter.
    In a medium bowl whisk together 1 cup of all-purpose flour and 1 teaspoon of baking powder.

Combine wet and dry ingredients  

  • Add flour and baking powder mixture into the eggs and sugar and whisk until all ingredients are combined. Add 1 teaspoon of almond extract and whisk everything once again until no lumps remain.
  • Arrange apples in the pan
  • Cover the bottom of 9-inch springform pan with a parchment paper and grease the sides of it.
    Arrange half of the apples in a circle so they overlap slightly. Pour half of the batter over the apples. Repeat the step with the apples and the remaining batter.


  • Bake in a preheated to 400 F oven for 25 minutes.

Prepare the almond crust

  • Meanwhile, in a medium bowl whisk together 1 egg and ¼ cup of sugar. Add 3 tablespoon of melted butter and whisk again.  
    Remove cake from the oven, pour egg and sugar mixture over the cake, sprinkle with 4 tablespoons of sliced almonds and 1 tablespoon of sugar. Continue baking for another 10-15 minutes until crusty and golden-brown.

Remove cake from the pan

  • Remove cake from the oven, let it cool and then run a sharp knife along the edges of the pan. Unlatch the pan and gently lift away the sides. Slide the cake onto a platter.


Serving: 1slice | Calories: 276kcal | Carbohydrates: 47.4g | Protein: 4.8g | Fat: 8.7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 75mg | Sodium: 58mg | Potassium: 252mg | Fiber: 3.5g | Sugar: 30.7g | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 2mg