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“Firewood on Snow” Cake

January 7th, 2012 in Desserts by
Total cooking time: 1days 2h
“Firewood on Snow” Cake

This cake looked unusual even for me when I saw it first time: doesn’t it resemble a bunch of firewood covered with a snow to you?

This recipe is Yuriy’s mom speciality dessert and it often appears on the table during family celebrations. Yuriy’s mom preserves pitted sour cherries in their own juices under sugar each season, so there are always plenty of them ready for use.

If you don’t have sour cherries preserved in such way – you can always go with pitted cherry kompot like I did, but in this case add a bit of sugar to the dough, or cake will not be sweet enough.

I would want to tell you that this cake is easy and fast to do, but I can’t. It took me quite some time to make dough, prepare “firewood” sticks and then assemble the cake; but that is probably because I cooked it first time in my life.

After cake is assembled allow some time for layers to soak in sour cream frosting to get soft: leave it in cool place (but not fridge) at least over night (depending on how liquid sour cream is it may take longer). It is good idea to prepare cake at least a day before you are planning to serve it.

Ingredients:


How to prepare, step-by-step:

  1. Prepare ingredients: sour cream frosting should me liquid enough to soak into baked dough, but not too liquid to it doesn’t run: if sour cream you have is too liquid drain excessive liquid through coffee filter before preparing frosting, on other hand if sour cream is too thick dilute it with kefir:
    Cake “Firewood on Snow” Recipe: Step 1
    Cake “Firewood on Snow” Recipe: Step 1
  2. Pour about 2 cups of flour into deep bowl, and all margarine (at room temperature):
    Cake “Firewood on Snow” Recipe: Step 2
    Cake “Firewood on Snow” Recipe: Step 2
  3. Mix margarine with flour using fork or pastry blender:
    Cake “Firewood on Snow” Recipe: Step 3
    Cake “Firewood on Snow” Recipe: Step 3
  4. Add sour cream, if kompot isn’t sweet enough (as an opposite to sour cherries preserved in just their own juices and sugar) add about 1/4 of sugar too, mix everything:
    Cake “Firewood on Snow” Recipe: Step 4
    Cake “Firewood on Snow” Recipe: Step 4
  5. Pour vinegar over baking soda, after they start reacting, mix them in:
    Cake “Firewood on Snow” Recipe: Step 5
    Cake “Firewood on Snow” Recipe: Step 5
  6. Continue mixing flour in until dough becomes thick enough to work with it by hands:
    Cake “Firewood on Snow” Recipe: Step 6
    Cake “Firewood on Snow” Recipe: Step 6
  7. Then pour dough over flour dusted wooden board, knead couple of times, add more flour if needed:
    Cake “Firewood on Snow” Recipe: Step 7
    Cake “Firewood on Snow” Recipe: Step 7
  8. Separate dough in 18 pieces (with that amount you can make either 5 + 4 + 4 + 3 + 2 layers setup like I did or 6 + 5 + 4 + 3 layers if you wish, if you want to lay sticks differently – just adjust amount of pieces at this point):
    Slice all dough in 4 equal pieces, then slice 2 of them in 5 pieces and 2 of them in 4
    Slice all dough in 4 pieces, then slice 2 of them in 5 pieces and 2 of them in 4
    Roll dough bolls
    Roll dough bolls
    And put them to fridge for about 1 hour
    And put them to fridge for about 1 hour

  9. Drain liquid from cherries, this recipe calls for cherries only, kompot can be used for jello or anything else (picture shows only 1 jar, I did them one by one):
    Cake “Firewood on Snow” Recipe: Step 9
    Cake “Firewood on Snow” Recipe: Step 9
  10. Lay 2 baking sheets with parchment paper; prepare “firewood” sticks from dough bolls and cherries, stick length should be close to width of you baking sheets (roll dough thin, move ready sticks to prepared baking sheets):
    Roll a dough ball into thin long sheet
    Roll a dough ball into thin long sheet
    Arrange pitted cherries in line on the dough sheet
    Arrange line of pitted cherries on dough
    Fold dough into “stick”, seal sides tight
    Fold dough into “stick”, seal sides tight

  11. Prepare firewood “sticks” from all dough and cherries:
    Cake “Firewood on Snow” Recipe: Step 11
    Cake “Firewood on Snow” Recipe: Step 11
  12. Warm oven up to 390F. Put both sheets with sticks to oven for 20-25 mins (some juices may come out, that is ok), don’t bake too long or dough will become too dry and will require longer time for soaking to become soft later:
    Cake “Firewood on Snow” Recipe: Step 12
    Cake “Firewood on Snow” Recipe: Step 12
  13. Now it is time to prepare frosting: if frosting isn’t liquid enough the cake will not be soft, so if needed add a bit of kefir to get it to required thickness, but not too much:
    Pour remaining sour cream to mixing bowl
    Pour sour cream to mixing bowl
    Add sugar to taste (I used 1/3 cup)
    Add sugar to taste (I used 1/3 cup)
    Add 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla sugar, mix good
    Add 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla sugar, mix

  14. Now it is time to assemble the cake: as I mentioned earlier, I did 5 + 4 + 4 + 3 + 2 sticks setup of layers; if you have any broken sticks put them in the middle layers and in the center of a layer:
    Put first layer of sticks next to each other
    Put first layer of sticks next to each other
    Generously cover with frosting and put second layer of sticks
    Generously cover with frosting and put second layer of sticks
    Cover with sour cream frosting, move sticks together if they try to get apart
    Cover with frosting, move sticks together if they are trying to get apart

    Put third layer of cake
    Put third layer of cake
    Again cover with frosting and assemble fourth layer
    Again cover with frosting and assemble fourth layer
    Cover with frosting, put remaining 2 sticks and evenly spread remaining frosting over the top and sides
    Cover with frosting, put remaining 2 sticks and evenly spread remaining frosting over the top and sides

  15. Leave cake in cool place (but not in fridge) for a day to soak in sour cream (I covered it with plastic wrap and put close by the window):
    Cake “Firewood on Snow” Recipe: Step 15
    Cake “Firewood on Snow” Recipe: Step 15
  16. Next day cake is ready, slice it up and serve:
    “Firewood on Snow” Cake
    “Firewood on Snow” Cake
  17. Enjoy!

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JayEim

Just luv this recipe.

Thank you

HOW interesting!

Shelley
I am so glad I have found your web site! I love Russian foods and live in Alaska where there is a large Russian community. But so many recipes that are “converted” to American are changed from the older way of making things. I have a book called Gift to a Young Housewife by Elena Molohovyets that was first written in 1860. It a a lovely book but uses measurements I don’t understand and old Russian measurements like the old Russian pound and so on. But the recipes turn out amazing (when I get them right) Your web site is… Read more »
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