Simple Cake with Sour Cream FrostingJune 5th, 2010 in Desserts by Julia Volhina
Total cooking time: 2h 30min
Yuriy had his birthday 2 weeks ago, so I decided to cook him a cake. Somehow we ended up eating whole cake just by ourselves; so we will need to work out more now 🙂
I’ve used this simple recipe of homemade cake which is very popular in Russia and other countries of ex-USSR. Because of the sour cream frosting it is often called “smetannik”, which basically mean “made of sour cream” in russian.
If you decide to make this cake – make sure you have enough time to let sour cream to soak to into each layer of the cake after it is assembled; 6-8 hours are usually enough. If you prepare cake a night before you are going to serve it and then put to fridge – it is even better.
3.5oz of butter
- 2 eggs
- 14 oz of sweetened condensed milk (1 can)
- 1/2 cup of all purpose flour
- 1-1 1/2 tablespoons of cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon of baking soda
- White vinegar, about 1 tablespoon
20-25oz of original sour cream
- 1/3 cup of sugar
How to prepare, step-by-step:
- Prepare ingredients: if you leave butter on the room temperature until it so soft so can be mixed in, then you can skip next step. One more word about sweetened condensed milk – I’ve used the same brand which exist in Russia (got it from local russian shop), I never tried local US condensed milk, so I can’t say if it will work the same:
- To melt butter: take 2 cooking pots: one slightly smaller than another, fill bigger pot with water and bring it to boil. Put butter to smaller pot and place it inside of the bigger one, so it is about 1” deep into the water, let butter to melt completely. Then take the cooking pot out of the water and set it aside – butter should cool down to room temperature before it can be added to the batter (by the way, you don’t need the other pot as well, so don’t forget to turn the heat under it off):
- Add eggs to the mixer bowl and beat together on slow speed with wire attachement, just until mixed, then slowly add melted butter cooled till room temperature:
- Continue mixing until well incorporated:
- Mix in sweetened condensed milk:
- Turn mixer off. Put a teaspoon of baking sode into bigger tablespoon and sprinkle with white vinegar, then fast pour bubbled soda to the batter:
- If there is still soda powder left in the spoon repeat sprinkling it with vinegar until it is all done:
- Start mixer on slow speed and slowly mix in all flour, spoon by spoon. Continue mixing until batter is homogenous:
- Preheat oven till 350F. Pour about half of batter to the springform greased with butter:
- Put springform to oven and bake for 15-20 minutes (start checking it with a wooden toothpick at about 15th minute: pierce it till the bottom, if toothpick comes out clean then light cake layer is ready):
- Take springform from the oven (but don’t turn heat off, you will need it again), let it cool a bit, then carefully get light cake layer put and put a side to cool down:
- While springform is cooling down, mix about 1 table spoon of cocoa powder to the rest of batter in mixer bowl until well incorporated:
- Clean springform with paper towel and grease it again with butter; pour there all of the batter and put springform to the oven:
- Bake dark cake layer for 15-20 mins on 350F until ready (again try with wooden toothpick). Then remove springform from the oven and remove cake from the springform; set it aside and let it cool down till room temperature. Now you can turn heat in oven off:
- When both light and dark cakes are cooled down, cut about 1/3 of the inch from each cake’s edge in circle with a small knife and remove formed crusts:
- Crumble each crust into the bowl, you will use those crumbles for decoration:
- Then cut both cakes in equal halves using a long knife:
- Now it is time to prepare frosting. For this pour sour cream into deep bowl and add sugar:
- Mix them together until sugar dissolves completely:
- Arrange bottom part of dark cake in the middle of the cake stand or big flat plate:
- Spread sour cream on the cake layer using frosting spatula:
- Pierce bottom part of light cake layer with a fork in several places from both sides:
- Arrange it over the black layer on the cake stand:
- Spread a layer of sour cream on top:
- Pierce left part of black cake with a fork the same way you did before with white one:
- Put it on top:
- And again cover with a layer of sour cream:
- Pierce last part of white cake with a fork from both sides and put it on top:
- Cover with layer of sour cream again:
- Using spatula spread sour cream on the sides of the cake. Remove redundant cream from the bottom of the stand with spoon, wipe stand with paper towel if needed:
- Now it is the time to decorate: use crumbles you’ve prepared earlier and spread them evenly on the sides:
- Then use the rest for the top side:
- Put cake to the fridge for several hours, 6-8 hours are good for layers to soak sour cream. After that is ready, slice it up and enjoy:
Hi! Wondering how many calories in 1 slice of this cake? Thanks!
Internet says somewhere in between 300 and 350 kcal for 100gr (3.5oz) slice. A bit less or a bit more, hard to tell since it is homemade and depends on what ingredients are used.
Thanks a lot! Can’t wait to try this recipe!
I’ve made this cake twice now and it is delicious. Here’s a tip: For the frosting, if you fold your sugar into your sour cream with a spoon, instead of beating or whisking, it will be thicker instead of running everywhere.
Julia, reading the recipe again I note two measurements: (1) 0.5 cups flour equals= ? and (2) 0.3 cups sugar
Would you be so kind to clarify for me in: 1/4. 1/3. 1/2, 3/4 or 1 cup. I would really appreciate it. Thanks.
0.5 cups of flour equals to 1/2 cup
0.3 cups of sugar equals to about 1/3 cup
I’ve corrected list of ingredients to list these numbers.
but do you make 2 batters or one???
one, once done you split it in 2 portions
My mom and grandma both make a very similar cake. My family is from Ukraine so style of cake is very typical. Personally I love it. Im going to use your recipe and surprise my mom with it. She thinks all I cook is American food so this should set her straight. lol.