Delicate and Tender Layer Cake – Smetannik (Торт “Сметанник”)
Smetannik is a Russian cake that has multiple thin and fluffy cake layers with a tangy and sweet sour cream frosting. The cake is so tender and delicate, it just melts in your mouth. This classic Russian cake has been in our family and on our holiday tables since before I was born. The tender and delicate layer cake is an ideal accompaniment to an evening of tea with friends or a family birthday party. The cake absolutely melts in your mouth and is not overpowering or cloyingly sweet.
The numerous layers make it beautiful and intricate but preparing it is so simple, I remember making it when I was ten. You can also add poppy seeds to the batter and it will become a poppy seed layer cake. The tangy sour cream frosting seeps into fluffy, thin cake layers and that’s what makes it so magically moist, slightly tart, with the sweetness of the honey cake layers.
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
3 Tablespoons honey
1 1/2 Tablespoons oil (vegetable, canola, grapeseed, etc.)
1 Tablespoon baking soda dissolved in 3/4 Tablespoon distilled white vinegar
3 cups all-purpose flour
Sour Cream Frosting:
1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, room temperature
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 – 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 (16 oz) containers sour cream
8 oz heavy cream or Cool Whip
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a 9 inch round cake pan with parchment paper and spray the top and bottom with oil. (I do 2 baking pans at one time.)
Using a standing mixer with a whisk attachment or a large bowl and a hand mixer, whisk the eggs and sugar until they are pale yellow and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
Dissolve the baking soda in the vinegar and add to the batter. Add the honey and oil. Mix to combine. Add the flour and mix just until the flour is incorporated and the batter is smooth. Spread 1/9 of the batter evenly on the baking pan. (If you want, you can use a scale and it is approximately 5 oz of the batter for each layer.) The cake layers should be very thin, the batter just covering the bottom of the baking pan. You should have 8-9 cake layers. (I set one of the cake layers aside to use for crumbs and the cake is 8 layers tall.)
Bake for about 10-12 minutes, until lightly golden brown. Repeat with the rest of the batter. The cake layers will peel off the parchment paper very easily. Cool the cake layers completely.
Meanwhile, make the sour cream frosting. In a standing mixer with a paddle attachment or in a large bowl and a hand mixer, cream the cream cheese and condensed milk until they are an even consistency.Add the sour cream and vanilla until they are incorporated too. Mix the sour cream only until combined, don’t overmix, or it will become too runny.
Pour in the chilled heavy cream and whip on high speed until the frosting thickens. However, if the frosting is really thin, (it depends on the sour cream, some brands of sour cream become very thin when mixed) whip the heavy cream separately and then fold in gently into the sour cream mixture. You can also use the same amount of Cool Whip instead of the heavy cream.
Place one of the cake layers in a food processor and pulse it a few times until you have crumbs and set them aside. The crumbs will be used as a decoration for the sides of the cake.
Spread the sour cream frosting on each of the remaining 8 cake layers.
Since the sour cream frosting is on the thin side, the cake layers may slip around on me. That is ok. Sometimes I use a springform pan to put around the sides of the cake to keep it all together better, place it in the refrigerator for a few hours or overnight. The sour cream frosting will soak into the cake layers and firm up, so the cake will be perfect at that point. This is what makes this cake so magically soft, fluffy and tender. You may have a small amount of frosting left over.
Take the springform pan from around the cake, spread some of the frosting on the sides of the cake, just to even up the sides and then press the crumbs onto the sides of the cake. Grate some chocolate on top of the cake. If you want, you can also pipe a border around the top of the cake from buttercream frosting. (butter, powdered sugar and a splash of milk.) Store the cake in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
Delicate and Tender Layer Cake – Smetannik
Smetannik is a Russian cake that has multiple thin and fluffy cake layers with a tangy and sweet sour cream frosting. The cake is so tender and delicate, it just melts in your mouth.
- Total Time: 2880 minutes
- Yield: 1 cake 1x
- Category: Dessert
- 9 eggs
- 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 3 Tablespoons honey
- 1 1/2 Tablespoons oil (vegetable, canola, grapeseed, etc.)
- 1 Tablespoon baking soda dissolved in 3/4 Tablespoon distilled white vinegar
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
Sour Cream Frosting:
- 1 (8 oz) package cream cheese (room temperature)
- 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
- 1/2 – 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 (16 oz) containers sour cream (32 total ((32 oz total))
- 8 oz heavy cream or Cool Whip
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a 9 inch round cake pan with parchment paper and spray the top and bottom with oil. (I do 2 baking pan at one time.) You will need to do this for every cake layer.
- Using a standing mixer with a whisk attachment or a large bowl and a hand mixer, whisk the eggs and sugar until they are pale yellow and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
- Dissolve the baking soda in the vinegar and add to the batter. Add the honey and oil. Mix to combine.
- Add the flour and mix just until the flour is incorporated and the batter is smooth.
- Spread 1/9 of the batter evenly in the baking pan. (If you want, you can use a scale and it is approximately 5 oz of the batter for each layer.) The cake layers should be very thin, the batter just covering the bottom of the baking pan. You should have 8-9 cake layers. (I set one of the cake layers aside to use for crumbs and the cake is 8 layers tall.)
- Bake for about 10-12 minutes, until lightly golden brown. Repeat with the rest of the batter. The cake layers will peel off the parchment paper very easily. Cool the cake layers completely.
- Meanwhile, make the sour cream frosting. In a standing mixer with a paddle attachment or in a large bowl and a hand mixer, mix the cream cheese and condensed milk until they are an even consistency.
- Add the sour cream and vanilla until they are incorporated too. Mix the sour cream only until combined, don’t overmix, or it will become too runny.
- Pour in the chilled heavy cream and whip on high speed until the frosting thickens. However, if the frosting is really thin, (it depends on the sour cream, some brands of sour cream become very thin when mixewhip the heavy cream separately and then fold in gently into the sour cream mixture. You can also use the same amount of Cool Whip instead of the heavy cream.
- Place one of the cake layers in a food processor and pulse it a few times until you have crumbs and set them aside. The crumbs will be used as a decoration for the sides of the cake.
- Spread the sour cream frosting on each of the remaining 8 cake layers.
- Since the sour cream frosting is on the thin side, the cake layers may slip around on me. That is ok. Sometimes I use a springform pan to put around the sides of the cake to keep it all together better, place it in the refrigerator for a few hours or overnight. The sour cream frosting will soak into the cake layers and firm up, so the cake will be perfect at that point. This is what makes this cake so magically soft, fluffy and tender.
- Take the springform pan off from around the cake, spread some of the frosting on the sides of the cake, just to even up the sides and then press the crumbs onto the sides of the cake.
- Grate some chocolate on top of the cake. If you want, you can also pipe a border around the top of the cake from buttercream frosting. (butter, powdered sugar and a splash of milk.) Store the cake in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
I love this cake, but never tried a home made version.. Such a beautiful dessert and looks pretty easy to make. I love the way you decorated it. Is that just melted chocolate? and did you use a special tool to make the flower decor? its simple but so pretty
Thank you, Ilona! Actually, my husband decorated it. All he used was chocolate glaze. You can find the recipe on Lady Finger’s cake. You can also use melted chocolate.
Hi Olga, made this cake yesterday.. I just have one questions.. is the biskvit suppost to be spongy or a little on the tough side. My beskvit turned out like it had a little too much flour..? or that is the way it should be.? it was not soft like a regular sponge cake.
This is not a biskvit, (sponge cake). It’s a completely different batter and doesn’t turn out like a biskvit. The texture is harder than a regular sponge cake. It becomes very tender and delicate when you cover it with the cream frosting. If you prefer it to be a biskvit, I have a recipe for Sponge Cake on the blog too.
Thank you olga for a quick responds. It was different, that is why I thought I messed up. But my kids loved it, its all gone 🙂 I did make your canoli cake and it was the best beskvit I have ever tried. Thank you for all the great recipes you post and the detailed step by step pictures.. I enjoy reading your blog. I peak here every single day hoping to see what else new I can make for my family.
I can’t wait to make this cake!
I asked my husband, “Do you know this cake?” He said don’t know, and he start asked my mother in law, she said she made this cake a lot of time when my husband still kid. After he said, oh yes I remember this cake was really tasty!!! Hahhahaaha… Thanks for the recipe, will definitely try it 😉
Hi Olia. Just a small error in the last part where it says, ” Press against the crumbs against the sides of the cake.” 🙂
A question about that, what kind of tool do you use to press the crumbs onto the cakes sides?
Thank you 🙂
Thanks for pointing it out to me, Julia. I’ve corrected it. I don’t use any “tool”. I use my hands or a folded piece of paper to press the crumbs against the sides of the cake.
OLga,i am planning on making this cake for this Sunday.. if i make it on friday, will it be ok for sunday.. it wont be too soggy?
The cake will be just fine if you make it on Friday.
Hi Olga. Thank you for the recipe. I made it last Friday for a gathering and received lots of compliments! I can’t wait to try it with some poppy seeds. Of course mine looked nothing like yours, I just decorated it with graham crackers ( I don’t have a food processor to do the crumbs). LOL. It came out lopsided and my husband even called it cake “Tyap lyap”. It tasted so good though.
Awww…. Thanks, Lily! Glad you liked it:).
I definitely promote your blog when people give compliments about the food I made from here! 🙂
Is there a way I can leave out the heavy cream? or maybe I can substitute it with something else?
You can use any cake frosting that you like to use. It won’t taste the same, but adjust it to the way you like to eat your cakes:). Is there a specific reason why you don’t wish to use heavy cream?
I made this cake. It was delicious!! I really liked that it was easy to make it. Thank you 🙂
I made this cake last weekend. I loved to moist not too sweet taste. Are the cake layers supposed to be dark, golden brown? I think the honey causes them to brown quickly. I baked my first layer for 10min and it was close to being burned.
All ovens cook differently. For example, my Mom’s oven bakes a lot faster than mine and my first oven baked slower than the one I have now. As a rule of thumb, I always start checking my baking 5 minutes before the recipe suggests, and keep an eye on it. The cake layers are golden, but use common sense to judge if it’s burning or not. If you press lightly on top of the cake, it should spring back, and not leave any indentations.
I just wanted to ask do you whip the heavy cream yourself or you buy the pre-whipped kind? If you whip it yourself for how long? Cause I heard that buying heavy whip cream and whipping it tastes better than the cool whip from the store.
Whipping cream yourself is really easy and it definitely tastes better. Here are a few tips that I always do when I whip cream. 1. Chill the bowl and the whisk that you’ll be using. Cream whips much better in a cold bowl. 2. Use cold cream, straight from the refrigerator. I just place the bowl and the whisk attachment into the freezer for about 15 minutes. 3. You can use heavy cream or whipping cream. 4. Watch the cream as it’s being whipped. If you whip it too long, it will become butter! It’s hard to say how long, because mixer are different. If you use a hand mixer, you will need to whip it longer than if you’re using a standing mixer. To check if the cream is whipped enough, take the whisk out of the cream. The cream should be stiff enough to make a soft peak, but still soft enough that it doesn’t become butter.
Hi Olga! I don’t know where you get these pan forms because I cannot find a 15×10 anywhere. Could you recommended another size?
You can use whichever size you have. Just spread the cake batter about 1/2 inch thick and bake until it’s golden.
Hey! How early in advance can this cake be made and not be ruined? We are celebrating Zhatva this Sunday (10-28) and wondered when could I start making it so the cake would become tender and soft? Thanks!
Hi Oksana! You can make the cake several days in advance. Make sure to keep it refrigerated but cover it well. You don’t want the cake to taste like the refrigerator:).
1 1/2 Tablespoons baking soda – is this 1Tbls and 1/2 tsp?
1 8 oz package cream cheese softened- is it 8oz pack right?
Just wanted to make sure 😉
1 1/2 Tablespoons baking soda is 1 Tablespoon and 1/2 Tablespoon. 1 package of cream cheese that is 8 oz per package.
Thank you Olchik, made the cake and everyone loved it!!!! my cakes turned out more like a sponge cake for some reason , so i had to cut them in half, but it was still very good!!! (luv everysingle recipe of yours, you cook/bake my style, & to my taste, I have tried different web pages,,, but yours is AweSomE, I am not afraid to make something new when i have gests over, cuz i know it will taste good!!! Thank you for all the recipes and the hard work you put into this. God bless you & your family:)
Hi Olga! Have you tried to halve this cake before? If yes, could you tell me the new measurements? Also in what kind of form size would I have to bake the smaller cake? Thanks!
You can definitely halve the recipe, Oksana. However, I can’t tell you the exact measurements. You can use any form or size that you like, just spread it out pretty thinly and bake until it’s golden brown.
Awww… Thanks, Inna!
You probably didn’t spread the batter thin enough, which is why you had to cut it in half.
Do you use sweetened condensed milk ?
Yes, it’s sweetened condensed milk, Ruslana.
I made the cake today, but I think I used a baking pan that was a bit too big so I was scared that it looked too thin and divided the batter only into 3 , but after they baked I saw that they actually became pretty tall and therefore a little dry because the frosting didn’t absorb through the entire layer . But still tasted pretty good:)
Hi! I was wondering if you have a good way of dividing batter evenly so you have the same size cake layers .
I usually just eyeball it. If you want to be precise, use a scale. Weight the empty bowl where you will be mixing the batter and then weigh it again when the batter is ready. Subtract the weight of the bowl and then divide the weight of the batter by the amount of layers that you want to have.
Olga, I was wondering what do you use to press the crumbs on the sides of the cake? I always use m my hands but on your pics it seems like a neat way to press.
I usually use my hands, Tanya. I also use a sturdy piece of paper or even a bench scraper/chopper. Next time I decorate the sides of a cake, I’ll make sure to take detailed pictures to post here.
Olga, my daughter is getting married and would like a cake like this as her wedding cake. I live in Sydney and wondered if you know of anyone who would be able to make it for me.
I’m honored that you would like this cake for your daughter’s wedding:). Sorry, but I don’t know of anyone who could make the cake for you.
I was just wondering how for how long are you supposed to mix the batter? Is it supposed to rise? I mixed mine for like 10 minutes and it rose a bit and turned out like a biskvit.
It will definitely rise. My guess is that you spread the batter too thickly. The layers should be very thin. When you spread it out, it should just cover the bottom of the baking sheet. The cake layers will still rise but they won’t be like a biskvit.
Hello! i am planning to make your cake today for some guests that are coming over. I was wondering, when i cook the layers do u cut them in half or you leave them whole?
You don’t need to cut the layers horizontally, since they are as thin as they need to be. You can cut the layers to a different size to make it the size that you want, but you don’t need to. It’s up to you.
Thank you! I made this cake yesterday for some guests and it was Delicious!! but i think i made the layers a little to thick…. But other than that it was an amazing cake. Thank you for the recipe!!
You’re welcome, Victoria. I’m glad you enjoyed it.
Hi Olga, Regarding baking soda 1 1/2 tablespoons, isn’t that too much?
Luda, Nope, 1 1/2 Tablespoons of baking soda is the correct amount.
Hi, I was wondering what kinda oil you use?
I usually use canola oil.
Thank you for this cake recipe. Made it many times for family get togethers and it turns out delicious every time!
Thanks for telling me, Olga!
I’m so happy to hear that.
I made this cake, and decorated it using the chocolate glaze. But I had a question: I ended up with a lot of the glaze left over. Is it ok to keep it in the refrigerator, and then reheat it later? I’m not quite sure what to do with it now. 🙂
Yep, you can store it in the refrigerator and reheat it later.
It’s very hard to make a small amount of glaze in order for the consistency to turn out correctly. If I need only a tiny amount of glaze, I usually just melt some chocolate. I LOVE how this glaze tastes though, so we usually put a lot on the cake. Also, when I bake a cake, it’s usually for company and most of the time I make at least 2 cakes, so it works out well too.
This was the first time I tried this glaze and I actually REALLY liked it too. What a great combination of sour cream and cocoa! Thanks, ill definitely use it for something later. 🙂
Thank you for the recipe Olga. I made this cake but I have a question… How long do you keep it out on counter before placing it in the fridge so it would get soft? Mine was kind of hard… Thank you very much!
I actually put mine in the refrigerator right away and it’s always soft. I do keep it in there for a few hours though, before eating it though.
You may have baked the cake layers too long or not used enough frosting.
Thank you for the answer Olga.
Hi. I’ve been eyeing this cake for a while… I have a quick question. If I bake the layers one at a time, will the batter still be okay by the time I bake the last one? I seem to always have this question when it comes to baking, dough/batter can be tricky sometimes. What is your experience with this?
I always bake my layers one at a time and it turns out great. There shouldn’t be any issues with it. Of course, don’t set the batter aside for hours, but if you bake the layers one after another, it should be just fine.
Hey Olga! started making this cake and ran out of condensed milk but have dulce de leche caramel. Will it be ok if I replace it or better go to the store???
My sister in law made this cake few weeks ago and it is very delicious! I will need to make it for my family some day soon 🙂
That’s wonderful! I’m so glad to hear that you enjoyed it.
My cake turned out more like biskvit as well and I didn’t make the layers thick so that’s not the reason. I thought 4 cups of flour was too much, my batter didnt even want to spread in a pan because it was quite thick. Nonetheless, we ate it, it was good, just not the same I imagine.
I’m sorry to hear that, Lena. I’ve been making this cake since I was 10 and never had any issues.
I tried making this cake for Thanksgiving and it was awesome! I have to say your recipes are easy to follow and always gives good results. I have tried your other recipes too like Kiev Cake and Medovik…both turned out pretty good as well.
Thanks for sharing your recipes!
Thanks for such an awesome comment! I’m so glad that the recipes are working out for you. I try my best to make them user friendly, easy to follow and of course, taste great too. I share the food that my family loves and it’s always so encouraging to hear that others are enjoying them too.
Made cake today… Spread thick…. Cut into halves… Very delish! Thanks for the recipe!!!
That’s great Natalya! This is one of my favorite cakes.
HI Olga, I tried smetannik, even copied your design. It looked awesome and tasted even better. The layers were very porous, nice texture, This was the first time I tried your frosting with cream cheese and sour cream. I have to admit I am not a big fan of cream cheese but with the help of good quality vanilla, i think this worked. Thanks a lot. What I like in your recipes is precision. I tried three and they all exceeded my expectations. The next is the Rum cake. I am baking it this Saturday.
I’m thrilled that you are finding the recipes helpful. Thanks for taking the time to write, Hasmik!
are you supposed to used cooked condense milk or it doesnt matter? would I be able to use the dulce de leche instead?
Use regular condensed milk, not cooked or dulce de leche. If that were the case, I would have specified it. I usually write “dulce de leche” in the list of ingredients, if the recipe needs cooked condensed milk.
hi olga, can i substitute sour cream with yogurt or just omit it? because i just don’t know what sour cream exactly is.
Yogurt may be a little too runny for this cake, but you can give it a try. Use thick Greek yogurt.
Thanks for all the recipes! I have really enjoyed everything that I’ve tried so far 🙂
Quick question… I started making the cake, but don’t have whipping cream on hand. I do have a few tubs of Cool Whip in my freezer – could I use that instead? If so, how much should I use 1 tube or more? Any suggestions? I could just go and buy some , but trying to be thrifty and use up what I have :). Thanks a bunch!
Yes, you can use Cool Whip. Cool Whip is whipped cream. I don’t know how much you will need you use, since I always used whipped cream, not Cool Whip.
Hi! What kind of oil did you use?
Any mild flavored oil will work. I used canola oil.
Made this cake several times:) Halved the recipe and got 4 layers using an 9 inch pan. Rose beautifully! used only half of the condensed milk in the frosting though since my grandma was coming over (has DM so everything she eats has to to be “under-sweetened” or else she wont have any)Turned out delicious every time! Blessings 🙂
I’m so happy to hear that, Olga! I love to find out that other families are enjoying the same cake that we love in our family:).
Hi Olga, I made this the second time and this time flavoured both the batter and the cream with lemon zest. I think it is a perfect combination for this cake, since already has tanginess from the sour cream. Try it when you have a chance. I think you will like it.
Great idea, Hasmik!
I love adding lemon zest to baked goodies. You’re right, it perfumes the whole thing in such an awesome way, I love it!
if I make it in rectangular pan 12×9 how many layers should i make?? Or may i put the whole thing at once and cut how many layers i need??
So i have to make this cake for an event but I am not good at making the batter or the layers. So I was wondering if i could use puff pastry instead or any other store dough? I was thinking to use puff pastry with the frosting that you suggested…
Sure you can, Lucia. Although I’m not sure how much frosting you’ll need for how many layers.
Will it make a difference if I beat the eggs and sugar instead of whisk them?
Just mix the egg using a mixer or standing mixer until they are pale, thick and voluminous, Ilona.
Hi Olga, I’ve been meaning to bake this cake and finally did it yesterday . I followed all the directions. The cake is a bomb!!! The layers were porous and soft ;therefore absorbed the frosting quite well.I really like the frosting, not to sweet and has an interesting texture to it..Keep up the good work! May God richly bless you for being so sweet and sharing your talents and skills with others.You’re a very Special person!!!
I’m so happy to hear that the cake was a hit with you, Lena! Thanks for taking the time to write. May God bless you too.
I have a question if you can bake cake and don’t put any cream. How should I store it and for how long?
Need to make a lot in advance since I have family visiting and don’t want to spend all my time in the kitchen. Thanks in advance. You are a smart girl.
Hi Oksana. Yes, you can make the cake layers ahead of time. Seal them well. You can keep them at room temperature for a few days or in the refrigerator or freezer for longer periods of time. I don’t recommend storing it longer than a week.
im baking this for a class project and im wondering if i make it the night before if it would still be good for the next day?
Absolutely, Hannah. I actually prefer to make almost all cakes the day before I serve them.
they said the icing was amazing but the cake was dry! I was so disappointed but I love this recipe ! thank you
I’m sorry to hear that, Hannah. Next time, make more frosting. I’m bummed that it didn’t work out for you the first time.
I actually made more frosting but it didn’t work. thank you though
Beautiful cake! I want to try making it, do u think I can use cream cheese instead of sour cream?
Olga, how much whipping cream should be added? I don’t see it in the recipe. Thank you!
indeed i am also not seeing how much of whipping cream should be used.
The recipe requires vanilla. Nowhere in the recipe does it say how much needed. Is it to taste or specific amount?
Sorry about that, Anya. I never measure vanilla, so I sometimes forget to add it to the recipe. I’ll fix it.
This cake is so good, making it again this weekend, just want to varify how much sour cream to use, is it 16oz total or 2 16oz containers (32oz total)? I ended up with alot of left over frosting the first time.
The total sour cream would be 32 oz. I like this cake to be very tender, so I use very generous portions of frosting on each layer. If you prefer less frosting, you can use only 1 (16 oz) container of sour cream; it’s totally up to you.
I’m trying to make a cake with a frosting from just cream cheese, cool whip, & sour cream (or maybe even without sour cream). But I’m trying to decide which cake, this one or the fluffy honey cake will taste better? I know both prob won’t be as yummy as with your frosting with condensed milk, but what would you suggest?
Thank you so much!!
Olga thank you so much for this recipe! I have been looking for a good honey cake recipe for a while and this one is just Perfect! it’s a hit every time I make it. The sour cream frosting makes it not overly sweet , but super good!
Thanks again 🙂
I’m so glad you enjoyed this cake, Katie. Thank you for taking the time to write.
I’d love to know if you’re able to make thicker layers? I only have one spring pan and I feel like it would be very time consuming to make 8 layers. Will the taste or anything be greatly altered say if I made two filled pans and then cut the layers by hand?
I wouldn’t recommend it. The thick cake layers will not rise as much and will be more dense, not tender like they are when they are baked in thin layers.
Hello! I just made this (sort of – my layers turned out thicker, so it doesn’t look as pretty!), but I have TONS of frosting leftover. What could I do with it? Make a cheesecake or tiramisu? Would the frosting freeze well to use at another time?
Hi I was wanting to make the long rectangle smettanik but when I went to find the recipe on your website I couldn’t find it. Did you erase that one? Is it the same ingredients? I remember baking like 4 different layers on a huge baking sheets instead of nine 8 inch ones. Is there any way you could give me that old recipe? Thank you.
I never had a rectangular version of this cake. It was actually a square. It was baked on a rectangular baking sheet and then I cut it to make a square shape. The actual recipe is exactly the same. You can make whatever shape that you like.
Hi Olga! I’m about to give a try for this cake.. and wondering what kind of cream used for decor. Is it the same one as cream frosting? What cream works the best to make such cream decorations?
I used buttercream to pipe around the edges of the cake.
I don’t use a recipe, I just mix butter with powdered sugar and then add a splash of milk until I get the consistency that I want. It is purely for decorative purposes. Personally, I don’t even like how it tastes, so I just scrape it off the cake when I eat it:).
Thank you for your quick response! I will definitely try it! I don’t like buttercream so I’m pretty sure I will scrape it off as well 🙂
No matter how many times I’ve made this cake my frosting always turns out super running:( to the point that you can’t frost a cake with it. It’s like a thick soup. I follow directions and keep everything cold. Still without fail it’s runny. So I’m forced to chill everything in the fridge then add MORE heavy whipping cream to it on high speed in the mixer to get it to thicken up at least a little bit. And this is my favorite cake to make on Birthdays. I must be doing something wrong??
The frosting is not supposed to be thick, like buttercream. It is supposed to be on the thinner side, so that it can really soak into the cake layers and make them tender. If the frosting is too thick, it will not soak into the cake the way it should and the cake will be on the dry side.
The original recipe for this cake only has 2 ingredients for the frosting – sour cream and sugar. You can imagine that it’s even more thin than my version.
If it’s too thin for you, you can add less whipped cream, or even omit it. You can also try using more cream cheese and less sour cream. If you add more heavy cream, it will be thinner, since the whipped cream will eventually deflate. Some people use Cool Whip, instead of heavy whipping cream, which does help the frosting have a thicker consistency, since the Cool Whip has stabilizers in it.
In my opinion, the best results for the cake are when you use the frosting recipe that I shared. I have tried many different variations over the years and this is my favorite, but it is completely up to you.
The cake is also supposed to chill in the refrigerator for a few hours and overnight is best, so that the frosting and the cake layers meld together and become very tender and delicate.
I hope that helps. Feel free to adjust the recipe to your own liking.
I have to say, i tried this cake, with one exception: added 2 table spoons of rum extract to the frosting! It really gives it the taste exactky like the one you buy at the store in Moldova! Great recipe but add rum! Finally got the recipe that works! Thank you Olga! I missed this cake in USA
I’m so happy you enjoyed the cake, Ana! Thank you for taking the time to write.
This cake was so much easier to make than I expected. Thank you! I was wondering, can freeze this cake?
Thank you for an amazing recipe Olga! I made this cake for my mother in law’s birthday and everyone loved it!
I’m so happy you enjoyed it, Diana. Thank you for taking the time to write.
Such a yummy cake! Whole family loved it! ❤
Hi Olga, I have a question regarding the chocolate part. In the recipe it says grate chocolate on top but in the comments you talk about a chocolate glaze being used?
You can use whichever you prefer, grate some chocolate for a very simple decoration or make a chocolate glaze. You can use this recipe, or just melt chocolate and drizzle it on.
Amazing thank you very much. Ignore the comment below as I didn’t realize my first comment posted.
I was wondering what is used on top of the cake? In the picture it looks and says grated chocolate but in the comments you mention using a chocolate glaze?
Hi Olga, I made this cake following the recipe very precisely. The cake layers rose and were very sponge-like. I’m using Australian ingredients so wondering of there are some differences. I know that Australian flour is more glutenous than European flours but wondering if the vinegar or bicarbonate of soda might be different. I used extra large eggs too. My frosting was also quite stiff and didn’t soak in to the layers as much as I would have liked. It was much better after 48 hours but still not what I would have liked. I used the Aldi sour cream here which is very thick and fairly natural (and, according to my husband, similar to the smetana he grew up with.) I think I will try a different sour cream next time or swap one tub out for a thinner one. Despite the issues above, this cake is indescribably delicious! I made it using 7 inch rounds and made extra layers (I calculated the weight required for the smaller rounds). This allowed me to make 2 cakes. One for a dinner party with friends that looked amazing and a smaller, more rustic looking cake for home. I will definitely make this again as it was a hit but would love to know why my cake layers rose so much.
I’m so glad that you enjoyed the cake.
The #1 reason that I see with this cake where it rises too much or doesn’t absorb as much of the frosting as it should, is when the batter isn’t spread out thinly enough in the first place before the cake is baked. The layers should be really, really thin. It should be hard to spread out because you are working with a small amount of batter. The way I describe it is to use just enough batter to barely cover the bottom of the cake pan – when you spread it out, it should be almost see through, and then just a smidge more. The thinner the cake layers, the more tender the cake will be.
I’m sure different ingredients do play a role in the way the cake turns out too. Different flours, eggs, sour cream, etc. I usually use sour cream that has only cultured cream in the list of ingredients. I hope the cake works out better for you next time.
My family hosted a second mini Thanksgiving for my Baba and Dieda yesterday. My grandparents and my father were born in Kiev, so I knew I had some big critics to impress when making this cake. Not only were all three of them super impressed, but told me it tastes just like they went to buy the cake at a traditional Russian bakery! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! 🙂
I’m so happy that you and your family enjoyed the cake, David. Thank you so much for taking the time to write.
I made it last weekend and can tell that this is a great recipe. But I went farther by adding 1/2 tbsp salt, 1/2 lemon juice and zest to the batter. I also substitute vanilla extract with 3 tsp almond extract, sprinkled 2 middle layers with 4 shots of rum, 2 for each layer, and covered 1 middle layer and top layer of the cake with crushed walnuts.
This is unforgettable! Thank you!