Smetannik (Russian Cake with Sour Cream Frosting)

By • April 7, 2011 • 11 Comments



Author Notes: I often watch shows on Food Network.
One day on the show “the best thing I ever ate” (desserts) chef Alex Guarnaschelli was describing a sour cream cake “Smetannik” with great excitement and admiration.
Alex said that she had this cake in a bakery in Brooklyn, and even took a large piece home.
It was if I remember correctly in the end of 2010.
Since than I wanted to email the recipe to Alex, but didn’t have the “nerve”.
I have this delicious cake recipe and baked it for many years on many occasions.
Here it is the original, and the best one.
Kukla

Serves 10

Ingredients for the pastry:

  • • 2 extra large eggs room temperature
  • • ½ cup honey
  • • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • • ½ cup butter (1 stick room temperature)
  • • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • • zest of 1 large lemon

For the frosting:

  • • ½ cup butter (1 stick room temperature)
  • • 4 cups sour cream (drained over night in a strainer lined with Cheese cloth)
  • • 1 cup superfine sugar
  • • 1 ½ cups finely grinned toasted walnuts
  • • 2 tablespoons of good dark rum or (even better) 1½ teaspoons pure rum extract.
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl combine honey, sugar, salt, eggs, butter, and baking soda. Put the bowl over a double boiler and gently stir until every thing is completely melted and slightly foamy. Take the bowl of and let the mixture cool for about 5 minutes, than mix in vanilla, lemon zest and flour 1 cup at the time. When the dough is ready, roll it with your hands to a log, and divide to 9 equal portions. Wrap each portion in plastic, and put into refrigerator for ½ an hour.
  2. With a rolling pin rollout each portion to a circle about 9 or 10 inches. Bake on buttered parchment paper in a tart pan with a removable bottom, or turn a cake pan upside down and bake on the top. Check on the crusts, do not let them get to dark, they bake very fast. (6 to 8 minutes)
  3. Frosting: In a mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy; add slowly sour cream while continuing beating. When it forms medium picks, fold in the walnuts and rum. Cover 8 layers and the sides of the cake with the frosting. Crash the 9th with a rolling pin and sprinkle the crumbs over the top, or use all 9 layers and finish the cake with a beautiful decoration of chocolate glaze. (Ganache) This cake is best to enjoy the next day after it was prepared. Then keep refrigerated.
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5 days ago Katie

This cake is fantastic! My family was blown away by it! Thank you for the recipe.

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over 2 years ago Naturally Heather

Delicious, beautifully layered cake, i add pomegranet and blueberries on top of cake to make a Russian flag...perfect combination of sweet, tart and savory!

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over 2 years ago Kukla

Thank you Naturally Heather for a nice comment! Happy Holidays!!!

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over 2 years ago Kukla

Thank You Naturally Heather for the nice comment! Happy Holidays!!!

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almost 3 years ago Kukla

Thank You sdebrango! I am not from Brooklyn but I called my sister and she gave me three bakeries where you can find “Smetannik”. 1. “Kiev’ bakery on Connie Island.
2. “International Deli” on Brighton. 3. Cherryhill bakery on Emends Ave. at the corner of Ocean Ave.

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almost 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thank you Kukla, I have friends in Coney Island and Brighton Beach, I will ask them about those bakeries,

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almost 3 years ago Kukla

Thank You sdebrango! I am not from Brooklyn but I called my sister and she gave me three bakeries where you can find “Smetannik”. 1. “Kiev’ bakery on Connie Island.
2. “International Deli” on Brighton. 3. Cherryhill bakery on Emends Ave. at the corner of Ocean Ave.

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almost 3 years ago Kukla

Thank you Niknud! You made me laugh with such pleasure as I didn’t in a long time, when I imagined you, liking the screen.

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almost 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Sounds so delicious, I wonder what bakery in Brooklyn it was. Beautiful cake!

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almost 3 years ago Niknud

Double Yum. Containing the urge to lick the screen.....

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over 3 years ago lapadia

Yum!