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Cake Spartak

One word -Delicious!!! Nothing beats a chocolate layered cake.
My sister- in- law Larisa shared this remarkable recipe for this cake.
This is a layer cake for any chocolate lover. Seven soft layers of chocolate cake are separated with a rich cream cheese butter frosting and then a final layer covered with chocolate glaze topped with toasted hazelnuts– YUM!!! . Chocolate and hazelnuts are made to be together, and their flavors harmonize perfectly in this stunning chocolate layer cake. 


1 egg
1 cup sugar
3/4 stick butter
1 tsp. of baking soda mixed with 1 tablespoons of vinegar
1/3 cup milk
3 Tbsp. Cocoa powder
2 cups of flour + about 1/2 cup for rolling
1 stick butter (unsalted) softened at room temperature
1 can condensed milk
1 pack cream cheese, room temperature
1 8oz. cool whip cream
Chocolate Glaze:
1/2 cup melting chocolate
1/4 stick butter
1 Tbsp. Heavy cream
 1 cup roasted hazelnuts


In a sauce pan, on low heat, melt the butter, milk and cocoa powder and mix well, let the ingredients melt and blend in; it becomes smooth and creamy. Stir in sugar and turn off the heat.  Don’t let it boil; Let mixture to cool a little, so it’s not hot but still warm.
Add baking soda mixture (in separate bowl mix baking soda with vinegar), egg and flour in small amounts.  Mix. The batter will thicken to soft dough.
Place the dough on a flat surface and roll it in to a cylinder shape. Cover with plastic and refrigerate for 20 minutes.

After dough has been refrigerated, cut it into 7 equal sections. Make each section into 1inch thick circles. Set aside on a baking sheet that is floured.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Take wax paper and cut 11 inch long sheets.  You will need at least 7 of these; one per layer.
Next, take one circle of dough, place it at the center of the floured wax paper, sprinkle some flour on top of the dough and roll into a thin flat circle. It needs to get about 9” circle. Next, using a large 9” circle bowl, place on the rolled dough upside down, so the edge of the bowl in touching the dough. Using a sharp knife, cut the dough around the edges of the bowl. Lift the bowl and you should have a perfect circle.
You can roll all the circles of dough and then bake, or can bake as you go, one at a time.
Combine all the scraps from the sides and at the end roll it to one thin layer. I crush that and use crumbs to decorate the sides of the cake.
For baking, place a baking sheet on the middle rack in the oven.
Take the wax paper with the rolled and cut dough on it place it on the baking sheet.
Be careful, these layers are thin so they bake quickly, 3-5 minutes, take it out, let cool for a min and peal the wax paper from the baked layer.
Continue until all 7 of the sections of the dough are baked.
Beat butter with electric mixer on high speed for about 2-3 minutes until creamy and fluffy add cream cheese and condensed milk and beat for additional 2-3 minutes add cool whip cream and mix it well.
Using a large flat plate, spread the cream on each layer, until all the cream and baked layers are gone. For each turn I added about 3 large spoonfuls of cream and spread it all over the layer.
Don’t spread cream on last layer; we will be covering it with chocolate glaze.  Cover the sides with cream.
In top of a double boiler over hot water, combine the chocolate, cream and butter. Stir until melted and completely combined. Remove from heat and let cool about 2 minutes. You can you microwave also.
Pour the glaze on top of the cake, allowing the glaze to drip down and coat the sides. Cover the sides of the cake with crumbs. Sprinkle the top with chopped hazelnut.
Refrigerate cake until ready to serve.

*** Hazelnuts and chocolate glaze are the key components of this cake. They can NOT be substituted otherwise you will lose the uniqueness of the cake.


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{ 61 comments… add one }
  • Claudia 02/03/2012, 11:31 PM

    This is one chocolate-loving delicious posting. Who needs dinner? I’ll just have cake.

  • Inessa 02/03/2012, 11:34 PM

    Thank you Claudia 🙂 I agree, I will skip dinner for this delightful cake.

  • janet@fromcupcakestocaviar 02/03/2012, 11:52 PM

    looks amazingly delicious! And this is coming from someone who doesn’t even normally like anything with hazelnuts ;-D

    • Inessa 02/04/2012, 2:31 AM

      Thank you Janet. It’s really delicious. You should try 🙂

  • Wilde in the Kitchen 02/04/2012, 2:26 AM

    Thank you for sharing this recipe, it is so different from anything I’ve seen! It’s beautiful!

  • Inessa 02/04/2012, 2:37 AM

    You are very welcome 🙂 I am glad you like it . Give it a try, I guarantee you’ll love it.

  • Crunchy Creamy Sweet 02/04/2012, 5:15 AM

    This cake is gorgeous! Lovely decorated!

  • Inessa 02/04/2012, 5:18 AM

    Thank you 🙂 it tastes even better….

  • Tina 02/04/2012, 11:31 AM

    This is a stunning looking cake-yum! The preparation method by using a dough rather than a batter really does make it a unique recipe. Also, the flavor combo is one of my all time favorites. Well done!

    • Inessa 02/05/2012, 2:18 AM

      Thank you Tina. Its my favt combo too. 🙂

  • Sheri 02/04/2012, 12:20 PM

    I’ve never seen a cake like this before – but it looks amazing! I will have to try this!!!

    • Inessa 02/05/2012, 2:19 AM

      Thank you Sheri. You defiantly should try this. 🙂

  • Дени 02/04/2012, 1:31 PM

    This is one of the most beautiful homemade chocolate cakes I’ve seen! And with all of these chocolatey layers I’m sure it would be an absolute delight for any chocoholic (such as myself) :-)!
    Have been reading your blog for some time now. You’ve got really great recipes!

    • Inessa 02/05/2012, 2:21 AM

      Thank you Дени 🙂 Its really nice to meet you- Welcome.

  • The Mom Chef 02/04/2012, 3:01 PM

    That cake is absolutely amazing. I love hazelnuts and can’t imagine switching them out with any other nut. Bravo on a beautiful dessert.

    • Inessa 02/05/2012, 2:25 AM

      Hazelnuts are my favorite also, especially with chocolate. Thank you. 🙂

  • Alida 02/04/2012, 4:53 PM

    Wow, this is amazing!Stunning cake and must be so good! I have never seen it before.

    • Inessa 02/05/2012, 2:26 AM

      Thank you Alida. Give it a try, it defiantly worth it. Have a great weekend. 🙂

  • PrathibhaSreejith 02/04/2012, 6:53 PM

    Cake looks absolutely delicious Inessa, I’m in love with that cake.

  • Elisabeth 02/05/2012, 12:07 AM

    Wow, that is one gorgeous and labor of “love” cake. Thanks for the step-by-step directions, and the recipe!
    Thanks for following my blog…happily followed you back:DDD

    • Inessa 02/05/2012, 7:11 AM

      Thank you Elisabeth. Welcome 🙂 Have a great weekend!!

  • Kiri W. 02/05/2012, 1:31 AM

    I am the ultimate chocolate lover, so this would be THE cake for me! Yummy! The decoration is gorgeous!

  • Inessa 02/05/2012, 7:12 AM

    Kiri, Thank you. same here; I love, love chocolate.

  • Choc Chip Uru 02/05/2012, 9:09 AM

    This cake looks so beautiful – I adore all the layering and flavours
    A beautiful post 🙂

    Choc Chip Uru

  • Blackheart Betty 02/05/2012, 11:41 AM

    That cake looks too good to eat!

  • Nish 02/05/2012, 12:30 PM

    This looks gorgeous! Loving the layers and imagining that this might taste like nutella only in cake form! 😀

    • Inessa 02/08/2012, 5:38 AM

      Nish, you are right it does, chocolate and hazelnuts, MMMMM….

  • Marina 02/06/2012, 4:34 AM

    Oh my, it’s amazing, elegant, and delicious! You have some great recipes here. I am your new happy follower.

  • Natasha of Natashaskitchen.com 02/06/2012, 5:15 AM

    Yumm! Chocolate Spartak! You have awesome cake decorating skills too. Nice work!

    • Inessa 02/08/2012, 5:40 AM

      Thank you Natasha. I am planning to make your spartak soon.

  • Nadia 02/06/2012, 5:52 PM

    WOW,Gorgeous cake with amazing taste.Layered cakes are the best,especially when its chocolate.I’m a chocolate and hazelnut lover too.You got some talent in decorating cakes,it’s beautiful!

    • Inessa 02/08/2012, 5:44 AM

      Thank you Nadia 🙂 The combination of flavors in this cake is fantastic.

  • Alida 02/07/2012, 11:03 AM

    Please visit my blog there is a surprise for you!

    • Inessa 02/08/2012, 5:45 AM

      Congratulations Alida!!! Good job !!!

  • Jill | Dulce Dough 02/08/2012, 2:02 AM

    What a beautiful cake! And how interesting that it has dough instead of cake batter! It certainly looks and sounds impressive!

  • Inessa 02/08/2012, 5:45 AM

    Thank you Jill!!! Welcome!!!

  • Little Housewife 02/08/2012, 9:32 PM

    Looks truly orgasmic. There isn’t another word for what I see 🙂

  • Anonymous 03/23/2012, 12:11 AM

    What kind of melting chocolate?

    • Inessa 03/23/2012, 6:06 AM

      Hi, I used Ghirardelli chocolate chips.
      Thank you 🙂

  • Anonymous 04/04/2012, 7:37 PM

    Girl, this was so good my hubby and i ate all of it! so good! Thanks! Can i use same chocolate for birds milk cake? thnx

  • Lea's Cooking 07/19/2012, 8:27 AM

    Inessa your cake was a hit at my sister in law party. It was gone right away. I don’t like chocolate cakes, but this one was the most delicious chocolate cake ever. And the hazel nuts are amazing with it:) Thank you darling for your wonderful recipes✿✿✿

  • alana 07/26/2012, 9:32 AM

    what can i use if i dont have heavy cream?

    • Inessa 07/26/2012, 9:36 AM

      Hi Alana, for the chocolate glaze, you can use half&half or milk.

  • alana 07/26/2012, 11:26 AM

    thank you Innesachka!!! Do u use all purpose or canadian flour?

    • Inessa 07/26/2012, 11:37 AM

      you are welcome Alana. 🙂
      For this cake all purpose will do.

  • alana 07/26/2012, 12:58 PM

    last question lol do the layers come out soft or hard?

    • Inessa 07/26/2012, 3:20 PM

      Layers become hard after you bake them and cool… After you apply filling they will become to this soft, moist piece of heaven…. I think I miss this cake..maybe its time to make..lol…

  • alana 07/26/2012, 6:16 PM

    i baked each layer for about 3 to 4 min and it was soft. other spartak cakes ive made were hard but ur recipe they come out soft. Do u think i messed up? hopefully it tastes good.

    • Inessa 07/26/2012, 6:21 PM

      Well, they should not be too hard and not too soft like sponge cake… I am sure yours are just fine…

  • alana 07/27/2012, 1:27 PM

    wow Inessachka this version of spartak is a total winner i seriously goggled half of the cake so embareesing but true its addictive and so moist im in love!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • alana 07/27/2012, 1:27 PM

    i meant gobbled lol hehe

  • alana 08/17/2012, 11:55 AM

    can i make this version but w/out cocoa?

    • Inessa 08/20/2012, 10:00 AM

      Hi Alana, I haven’t try without cocoa,
      I think cocoa and hazelnut are the key components in this cake…

  • diana 04/03/2014, 1:14 AM

    I’m planning to make this cake tomorrow! So excited, yours looks so good:) I had a question in my recipe that I got it says to add 2 teaspoons of baking soda and 2 tablespoons of vinegar and 3 tablespoons of honey.. Will it make a big difference adding the extra spoons of the ingredients or will it taste the same?

    • Inessa 04/08/2014, 8:23 AM

      Thank you. I wouldn’t recommend to add more. It does makes a difference.

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