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Week 8: Smetannik

Smetannik cake is a delicious traditional Russian and Ukrainian dessert that is made with sour cream.

If you want to be extra fancy and decorate your cake, you can add cake crumbs over the frosting. So, make sure to save some of the leftovers when you are cutting the cake in step three.

I know some people like putting crushed walnuts along the sides of the cake, so feel free to try that technique out as well!

Additionally, it is optional to add cocoa powder to some of the cake batter, but I think it brings in a new flavor. If needed, replace the cocoa powder with more flour.





  • 4 eggs

  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 cup sour cream

  • 1 tablespoon baking soda (mixed into the sour cream)

  • 1 1/3 cup all-purpose flour


  • 8 oz cream cheese

  • 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream

  • 3/4 cup sour cream

  • 1 can condensed milk


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and grease 8-inch cake pans with butter.

  2. In a stand mixer, beat the eggs and sugar for 10 minutes. Then add the sour cream (with baking soda included) and the condensed milk. Gently fold in the flour and divide the batter into two bowls. Add cocoa powder to one bowl. 

  3. Pour each batter into one of your prepared pans and bake both for 35 minutes.

  4. Once baked, allow the cake layers to cool until room temperature. Cut both layers in half so you get four cake pieces. 

  5. To make the frosting, beat the sour cream, cream cheese, and condensed milk. Frost the cake and decorate it with any leftover cake crumbs. 

  6. Chill for an hour and then serve. 


The Bored Baker 👩🏽‍🍳



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