Polish Apple Cake (Szarlotka)

June 3, 2016 / 28 Comments

Polish Apple Cake (Szarlotka) 

Hello! It’s been a while since the last post. I had a crazy time with my finals, and didn’t have time to bake anything. Right after, my dad visited me in NYC and we took a road trip to Arizona, Utah and Nevada. It was amazing. I won’t lie if I say that Grand Canyon and Zion National Park are one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen! I took thousands of pictures. Will post them soon on my portfolio : http://marcelanowak.com . Please, let me know if you like them! I am really excited to know what you think!

Now, about the recipe:

This is my mom’s favorite Apple Cake…Packed with fresh apples, with a crumb topping and crusty base. Tastes best served with vanilla ice-cream.  It is just too good… Undoubtedly one of the best cakes I’ve ever baked. Perfect for each occasion. Please, trust me and give it a try!

Crumble and base:

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour,
  • 1 cup powdered sugar,
  • 1 tsp baking powder,
  • 6 big egg yolks,
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon,
  • 375 g of butter,
  • 2 tbs sour cream,

Apple layer:

  • 8 apples, peeled and sliced,
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup powdered sugar (less if your apples are sweet),
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon,
  • 2 tbs cornstarch,
  • 2 tbs lemon juice

Polish Apple Cake (szarlotka):

  1. In a large bowl, cream the butter, sifted sugar, vanilla and sour cream.
  2. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  3. Combine with sifted flour and baking soda.
  4. Beat until mixture pulls away from the side of the bowl. Divide the dough in half, wrap in waxed paper, and refrigerate for 30 minutes
  5. In the meantime, place sliced apples in a large pan, add water, and cook on a small heat for 15 minutes, stir often.
  6. After 15 minuets add powdered sugar, cornstarch, water and cinnamon. Stir well
  7. Cover the pan and cook for another 2 minutes, until the apple filling thickens. Set aside.
  8. Preheat the oven to 356°F.
  9. Grease the pan with butter.
  10. With your fingers, press the first half of the dough into a large pan.
  11. Transfer the apples to the pan.
  12. Sprinkle the remaining dough evenly over the pie filling. ( I used the grater)
  13. Bake in preheated oven for about 60 minutes, or until the cake is lightly golden and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. (you can cover it with tinfoil
  14. Allow the cake to cool until just warm.
  15. Using a fine sieve, dust with powdered sugar.
  16. Cake can be served warm or room temperature, with or without lightly sweetened whipped cream & vanilla ice cream.

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  1. Ervisha says:

    Szarlotka idealna 🙂

  2. These apple slices look superb! Can’t go wrong with anything streusel!

  3. mun says:

    Looks so tasty! I see you used red apples, can we use green apples too?

    • marcela says:

      I’ve been using green apples too. They are even better, since they’re hard and less sweet. I’d give it a try again!

  4. Candy Pandas says:

    Szarlotka wszędzie i w każdym wydaniu byleby miała dużo cynamonu 😀

  5. Louise says:

    Hi Marcela:)
    So glad to “see” you back Marcela. Final exam time can be so exhausting but thankfully it is behind you for now:)

    I looked at your pictures, well, all I can say is they left me breathless!!! They are extraordinary, Marcela and your dad looks like he is having a blast, lol…Thank you so much for sharing them:)

    And that cake of yours, oh my goodness, Marcela, how do you do it? It looks delectably delicious!!! You are so talented and it shows in each of your creations. Thank you so much for sharing…

  6. cheri says:

    Hi Marcella, congrats on finishing your exams. Sounds like you and your father got some serious traveling in. My husband and I went to the Grand Canyon last year and it was amazing.

  7. Beth says:

    Your cake looks delicious. And what a great road trip! The Grand Canyon is one of the most beautiful, breathtaking places I’ve ever been, and I hope to get to Zion one day too.

  8. Adina says:

    I saw the pictures and immediately thought it was a Romanian apple cake like my great- grandma used to bake… Then I read the title and saw it’s Polish. Close enough! 🙂 I know exactly how it tastes, I should make it myself sometime.

  9. grace says:

    it’s easy to see why this is a favorite! it’s beautiful and happens to include my favorite fruit for baking. 🙂

  10. Hope you enjoyed your well deserved travels with your dad! I love anything with apple and this looks delicious!

  11. One of the best cakes you’ve ever had? Coming from you, that’s high praise — you’re such a great baker! This looks wonderful — thanks. And glad you got to see some of the landscape in the American west — just gorgeous, isn’t it?

  12. Agness says:

    Szarlotka is by far my favourite Polish cake! I could eat it every single day if I could 🙂

  13. ZazaCook says:

    Oh my! This cake looks so good! Thanks Marcela for these beautiful photos on your portfolio!

  14. Esme says:

    Any dessert with apple is a winner. Your photography is gorgeous.

  15. Karen says:

    hmmm how much butter is 375g? 3/4 cup?

  16. Monica says:

    The crumbs and texture on this apple cake looks amazing! Glad you’re back in the kitchen. Sounds like it’s been a very busy time, which I can imagine. We also went to the Grand Canyon recently..so amazing! : )

    • marcela says:

      Thank you so much for your nice comment! I’m glad to be back too! Arizona is beautiful, but cakes are… delicious?:D

  17. Jeff says:

    This is one of my favorite Polish cakes!

  18. Nancy says:

    Couldn’t find where the size of pan to bake the cake was listed. 9″ square? 9 x 13? Thanks so much

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