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Bird’s Milk Cake- (Ptichye Moloko) Птичье молоко

Traditional Russian cake with layers of cake (biskvit), light soufflé and topped with dark chocolate glaze.  

 This delicious and delightful cake reminds me of spring; and what’s the best way to celebrate the spring season? By baking a delicious spring dessert, of course!

Ingredients: (all at room temperature)

Cake Layers:
1 stick butter
1/3 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup + 1 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. Vanilla Extract

Soufflé Layers:
2 egg whites
1 3/4 cup sugar
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
2 tsp. Agar (20 gr gelatin)
1/2 cup cold water
1 3/4 stick unsalted butter
1/4 cup condensed milk
1 tsp. Vanilla Extract

Chocolate Glaze
1/2 cup dark chocolate
1/2 stick unsalted butter

Combine butter with sugar in the mixer bowl and mix on medium-low speed until soft and fluffy, for about 3 minutes. Add eggs one at a time; after they mixed add vanilla and flour and mix until combined. (Don’t over mix it)

Preheat oven to 350F.
Line 2 baking sheets with wax paper and draw a circle on each sheet (use the bottom of the 9 1/2-inch (or 24 cm) springform pan). 

Spread the batter on the circles on wax paper evenly and thinly. Don’t worry if it goes a bit over the circle, you will adjust it when it is baked. 

Bake it for 10 minutes or until light golden color.
 After baking the layers, while they are hot adjust edges using knife and springform pan.

In small bowl combine cold water with Agar (gelatin).  Set aside for 20-30 minutes.
On medium- high speed beat the butter with condensed milk and Vanilla Extract.  Transfer the mixture to the bowl and set aside. (do not refrigerate).
In to a saucepan pour the gelatin mixture and on a medium-low heat, let it dissolve for about 1 minute. 

Add sugar and keep mixing until the mixture will start boiling/bubbling. Lower the heat to low and simmer while mixing for 2 minutes. 

(You could determine that the mixture is ready when you could see the thin string when you hold the spoon/spatula above the pot.) Turn off the heat and let the mixture to cool little bit.

In a large mixing bowl beat the egg whites with lemon juice until firm peaks appear.

Very slowly pour in the still hot sugar and gelatin mixture beat until all is incorporated. The mixture will get very fluffy and will double in size.  Add the previously mixed butter and condensed mixture and mix until combined. Your soufflé is ready now. At this point it is still warm, that’s ok. 

Very slowly pour in the still hot sugar and gelatin mixture beat until all is incorporated. The mixture will get very fluffy and will double in size.  Add the previously mixed butter and condensed mixture and mix until combined. Your soufflé is ready now. At this point it is still warm, that’s ok.

Assemble the cake:
Place one of the cake layers in to the bottom of springform, pour half of the soufflé on the top of the cake layer, place second cake layer on top and pour rest of the soufflé. So you got total of 4 layers (cake, soufflé, cake and soufflé). Refrigerate it for couple hours.


Chocolate Glaze:
In a small bowl combine butter and chocolate, place the bowl over a double boiler or microwave and cook until it’s melted. Pour the mixture over the cake (white soufflé) and refrigerate for about 20-30 minutes.

Run a knife around the edge of the pan and remove ring.

Serve with hot tea!!!


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{ 44 comments… add one }
  • Slow Cooking Kitchen 03/21/2012, 4:58 AM

    Hi Inessa =)) The recipe name caught my attention at first but this is sounds so tasty and what an elegant presentation. I just love visiting =))

    • Inessa 03/22/2012, 4:00 PM

      Thank you so much :)). Yes, it tastes realy good, light and delish!!! Take care 🙂

  • Natasha of Natashaskitchen.com 03/21/2012, 5:22 AM

    That chocolate topping sounds wonderful. Thanks for another great recipe! 🙂

    • Inessa 03/22/2012, 4:02 PM

      You are welcome Natasha, enjoy!!! 🙂

  • Nadia 03/21/2012, 5:52 AM

    I was actually looking for a perfect recipe for this cake, and now I found it.Thanks a lot, Its awesome.

    • Inessa 03/23/2012, 6:19 AM

      You are welcome. Give it a try, you’ll like it.
      Enjoy!!! 😉

  • Shilpakiran 03/21/2012, 10:30 AM

    awesome ..really looking so yumm and perfectly placed ..thanks for sharing

  • Anda @ Cinna-moonBeams 03/21/2012, 11:57 AM

    This is so awesome! ‘Bird’s milk’ was really popular in my neck of the woods where I grew up, and it was made a lot in my fam’s kitchen, but as a pudding, never thought of layering it as an actual cake! Again, awesome! 🙂

    • Inessa 03/23/2012, 6:21 AM

      Wow Anda, that’s awesome!!! So you know the taste of this cake. 🙂

  • Anu 03/21/2012, 4:54 PM

    Perfectly baked. I love your baking recipes….

  • Javelin Warrior 03/21/2012, 7:13 PM

    I love the look of the souffle between the layers of cake – very beautiful, especially with the ganache topping 😉

    • Inessa 03/23/2012, 6:23 AM

      Thank you Javelin, I appreciate all the inspiring comments you give. 😉

  • Kiri W. 03/22/2012, 1:58 AM

    What a beautiful and elegant cake 🙂 Great job!

  • Lacy @ NYCityEats 03/22/2012, 8:04 PM

    The souffle looks amazing between the layers of cake! This sounds absolutely incredible and your photos are gorgeous! That chocolate ganache puts this over the top delicious!

    • Inessa 03/23/2012, 6:28 AM

      Thanks Lacy, I love the chocolate part too 🙂
      Take care!!!

  • Marina Momotok 03/24/2012, 4:45 AM

    So I couldn’t resist and made this yesterday, it was delicious and no leftovers, lol Thanks for sharing, I love your blog. God Bless!!!

    • Inessa 03/26/2012, 9:49 PM

      You are welcome Marina 🙂 My pleasure… I am glad you liked the cake and my blog. Take care, God bless!!!

  • Mary 03/24/2012, 2:49 PM

    What a gorgeous creation. It is almos ttoo pretty to eat. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

    • Inessa 03/26/2012, 9:51 PM

      Mary, I agree…but it tastes heavenly!!! Blessings to you as well :))

  • Cathleen 03/24/2012, 3:32 PM

    What a gorgeous cake! I love it!

  • Kavita 03/24/2012, 5:56 PM

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. You have a beautiful space in here!

    • Inessa 03/26/2012, 9:47 PM

      Thanks for stopping by as well. Enjoy!!!

  • Yet another beautiful cake- I love the layers and all the various flavors. It really does look like a spring cake!

  • Slow Cooking Kitchen 03/25/2012, 7:33 AM

    Hi Inessa, I wanted to let you now that I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award, hope you don’t mind 😉 You can read more about it on my blog and I’m looking forward to your response =)) Enjoy the rest of your weekend !!!

    • Inessa 03/26/2012, 9:45 PM

      Thank you, you are so sweet:) on my way check it out!!!

  • All That I'm Eating 03/26/2012, 7:34 PM

    This definitely looks like Spring! It sounds lovely.

  • Deelicious Sweets 03/27/2012, 3:37 AM

    What a beautiful cake!

  • Nami | Just One Cookbook 03/27/2012, 4:51 AM

    Hi Inessa! Thank you for visiting my blog and I’m happy to find you here. What a perfect layered cake! You write very detailed recipe that even non-baker like myself can follow very well. Thank you for sharing the recipe!

  • Elisabeth 03/27/2012, 6:04 PM

    Hi Inessa, thank you for visiting, and commenting on my blog. I’m so impressed with all the beautiful photos, and amazing things you make. This cake is superb, and lovely! Thanks for sharing the detailed recipe.
    I’m following your blog and would love to stay in touch, inviting you to follow my blog, as well:DDD

  • Anonymous 03/28/2012, 12:03 AM

    Is 20gr gelatin one pkg of unflavored gelatin?

    • Inessa 03/28/2012, 5:24 AM

      Hi 🙂
      1 pkg unflavored gelatin=7gr, so you will need almost 3 packages.

  • Inessa 03/28/2012, 5:23 AM

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  • easyfoodsmith 03/28/2012, 9:04 AM

    Such perfectly executed! I have never seen a cake like this before. Its an absolute beauty. Beautiful and delicious post! 🙂

  • Jennie @themessybakerblog 03/28/2012, 12:55 PM

    This cake sounds amazing and looks gorgeous. The entire cake looks like it would be a nice light and moist cake. Nice work.

  • Mary 03/28/2012, 1:40 PM

    Stopping by again to let you know I’m so glad you stopped by my blog. I hope you will visit often. Have a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary

  • French Whisk 03/28/2012, 1:54 PM

    Inessa! I’ve given you the Versatile Blogger Award! Check it out on my blog!

  • Balvinder (Neetu) 03/28/2012, 3:14 PM

    The cake looks beautiful.I have never done something like this.

  • Pranjali 03/29/2012, 2:39 AM

    The cake is very very delicious.you have a wonderful blog with great collection of recipes.Glad to follow you.
    Do visit my new blog in your free time

  • Debbie aka Sugar 04/20/2012, 4:39 AM

    Great recipes as always, Inessa 🙂

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