Apparently, all sweet tooths know what an apple sponge cake is. It’s not just a cake, it’s one of the softest and most delicious apple pies in the world! Sweet apple filling and rich cinnamon notes make it divine
Quick apple dessert? Easy sponge cake with apple filling is here for you!
Sometimes (very often in my case ha ha) there are moments when you want something sweet, tasty, soft (but preferably with a crispy crust), fruity, and if possible this “beauty” should be prepared out of nothing! Well, almost out of nothing – out of something that usually “lives” in every fridge and on every kitchen shelf. If you are not alien to such a whim, I’m here with great news! Are there two or three ripe apples in your house? That’s already great! Take a cup of flour and sugar, 2 tablespoons of good mood, and a pinch of free time. I’m going to tell you how to bake the world’s most delicious Ukrainian apple sponge cake (Sharlotka).
What is Sharlotka with apple filling?
Sharlotka with apples is the simplest and most delicious apple sponge cake that literally melts in your mouth, and this cake is prepared very quickly with just 6 ingredients!
By the way, this Ukrainian apple cake is without butter.
Russian apple pie or Ukrainian apple cake?
Nobody knows the right answer. This easy sponge cake with apple filling has been very popular in Ukraine and Russia for many decades, and both countries consider it their national recipe.
Only don’t confuse it with Polish sharlotka (Szarlotka) – this recipe is quite different. Polish sharlotka is a mix between an apple cake and an apple pie, it’s made with short crust pastry and crumble topping.
Ingredients for Ukrainian apple sponge cake (my baking dish is 22 cm in diameter):
- baking powder
- big apples
- cinnamon (optional)
How to make easy sponge cake with apple filling
Beat eggs with sugar (it’s very impotant to beat them well)
Add flour and baking powder. Mix well
Cut the apples into cubes. If you like cinnamon sprinkle it on the apples, I love cinnamon and always add it to this pie, it enriches the flavor so much!
Add the apples to the flour-and-eggs mixture, mix well, and pour the batter into the baking dish (don’t forget to grease it with some butter and sprinkle with flour)
Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F) and bake the cake for 1 hour (check readiness with a toothpick). Enjoy your apple sponge cake with a cup of tea
What can I substitute baking powder with?
You can use baking soda and vinegar instead (Ukrainians and Russians use this mixture more often than baking powder). Add 1/2 tsp baking soda and 1/2 tsp white vinegar straight to the apple sponge cake batter (don’t be afraid if your batter will look like a small volcano, it’s normal – that’s how carbone dioxide is formed), but the reaction won’t last forever, so once both vinegar and baking soda are added to the batter, stir well and quickly put the sponge cake in the oven.
watch the video recipe
Ukrainian apple sponge cake (6-ingredient Sharlotka)
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup flour
- 1 tsp (rounded) baking powder
- 3 big apples
- 1 Tbsp cinnamon
- Beat eggs with sugar
- Add flour and baking powder. Mix well
- Cut the apples into cubes. If you like cinnamon sprinkle it on the apples, I love cinnamon and always add it to this pie, it enriches the flavor so much!
- Add the apples to the flour-and-eggs mixture, mix well, and pour the dough into the baking dish (don’t forget to grease it with some butter and sprinkle with flour)
- Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F) and bake the pie for 1 hour (check readiness with a toothpick).