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Smetannik-Russian Sour Cream Cake- Сметанник


 Smooth and delicious Russian cake. It has four different cake layers with two different kinds of filling and a touch of Amaretto and Coffee Liqueurs.  Thin slice is all you need to enjoy this rich cake;  it’s very presentable and pretty. For all of you out there. Enjoy!


 Serves: 8-10
Cake Batter:
5 eggs
2 cups sugar
2 cups sour cream
2 cups flour-all-purpose
1.5 tsp. baking soda
1 Tbsp. white Vinegar
1 Tbsp. Vanilla extract
2 Tbsp. Cocoa Powder
1/3 cup poppy seeds
1/2 cup prunes
1/2 cup walnuts- crushed 

Sour cream filling:
2 cups sour cream
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
1 Tbsp. Amaretto Liqueur
Buttercream filling:
2 sticks of unsalted butter at room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
3 egg yolks
3/4 cup milk
2 Tbsp. Coffee Liqueur
Chocolate Ganache
3/4 cup melting chocolate chips
1 Tbsp. butter
*** Liqueurs are optional





We will have total of four different cake layers. One will be with walnuts, second with poppy seeds, third one with cocoa powder and the fourth one will be with prunes. We do bake them separately, so if you got four 8 inch round baking pans that’s perfect, but I have only two so I baked them two at a time.
Buttercream filling:
In a saucepan mix egg yolks, milk and sugar- on low heat bring to a boil.  Simmer for 2 minutes, mix frequently.  Turn off the heat and let it cool completely.
With electric mixer on medium- high speed beat the butter with coffee liqueur. It will get fluffy.  Slowly pour in the cooled egg mixture, beat for another 2 minutes. Transfer half of the buttercream into pastry bag with star tip; and other half set aside for the decoration.
Preheat oven to 350°F
Place poppy seeds and prunes into two separate bowls, pour over each bowl one cup of boiling water and set aside for 10 minutes. Then drain them; coarsely chop prunes.
With electric mixer on medium speed beat eggs with sugar until you get a light yellow color, for about 2-3 minutes. Lower the speed to low and add sour cream, vanilla and mix until incorporated. In a separate little bowl mix baking soda and vinegar (this will carbonate the soda so that you won’t taste it) and stir into the batter mixture. Gradually add flour and mix thoroughly. Divide the batter into four equal portions.  Add cocoa powder to the first batter portion, add crushed walnuts to second portion, add prunes to the third batter portion, and lastly add in poppy seeds to the last portion.
Bake each layer separately in 8 inch round greased pans until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean, 25-30 minutes. Let them cool.

Sour Cream filling:
Mix together sour cream, vanilla extract, sugar and Amaretto liqueur.
Assembling the cake:
Place one of the cake layers into the bottom of springform, spread about 1/2 cup of the sour cream filling on the top of the cake layer, spread some buttercream filling on top (I used my pastry bag but you can spread with spoon or knife too) place second cake layer on top and spread another 1/2 a cup of the sour cream filling; repeat the process until your finish your layers. *** Don’t apply buttercream on top of the cake.

So my order was like this: Cake Layers with poppy seeds, sour cream filling, buttercream filling, Cake Layer with walnuts, sour cream filling, butter cream filling, Chocolate Cake Layer, sour cream filling, butter cream filling, Cake Layer with prunes and sour cream filling.


Refrigerate it for 3 hours.
Open springform, remove cake from the form and place on cake platter.

Chocolate Ganache:
In a small bowl combine butter and chocolate, place the bowl over a double boiler or microwave and cook until it’s melted. Pour melted mixture into zip-bag, cut very small on one corner. Make lines vertically and horizontally so you will get little squares.

Place rest of the buttercream into the pastry bag with star tip and make vertical lines on sides of the cake.


And finely decorate the top with piping some buttercream around the edge.

Enjoy with your favorite coffee!!!

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{ 19 comments… add one }
  • Lyuba@willcookforsmiles 05/14/2013, 8:33 AM

    It looks perfect! You have me craving it again 🙂

  • masha 05/14/2013, 11:02 AM

    O my dear how about summer? you post yammy cakes summer is around the corner. Ne drazne, loooks yammmy, yammmy, This cake was my favorite, cake of my childhood.

    • Inessa 05/14/2013, 11:07 AM

      LOL.. Masha I agree. Just a thin slice won’t hurt;)

  • Irina 05/15/2013, 8:42 PM

    This is gorgeous! Smettanik was my Mama’s favorite…but I think the one she spoke about was simpler…
    Amazing…I am drooling…
    And your photos are stunning…love the roses…

    • Inessa 06/03/2013, 11:47 AM

      Thanks Irina,
      there are lots of different versions of Smetannik. and I am sure all of them are great. This is just my version of it. 🙂

  • lisa 05/16/2013, 3:04 PM

    Wow! Looks amazing! Nothing can be worse for your health than this cake.

    • Inessa 06/03/2013, 11:51 AM

      Lisa it sure is… but it’s so good 🙂

  • easyfoodsmith 05/17/2013, 3:53 AM

    An absolutely beautiful cake with fabulous flavours…worth the effort 🙂

  • Lana 05/18/2013, 7:11 PM

    Looks gorgeous!!! I will need to make it for sure! :))

  • nadia 05/22/2013, 3:29 PM

    Love your version of this cake. It’s next on my next to try list.

  • nadia 05/27/2013, 11:52 PM

    I made it this weekend,loved it so much! just one little thing….its kind of too sweet for me,I got a request to do it again for this upcoming weekend so I will try with a little less sugar.thanks so much!

    • Inessa 06/03/2013, 11:50 AM

      Thanks Nadia, I am glad you and your friends loved it 🙂
      You defiantly can adjust the sugar level in it.

  • Oksana 06/13/2013, 9:05 AM

    Hello Inessa! Do you think this cake will work if I covered it with fondant? I am looking for a cake to make for my daughter’s 1st birthday but have no idea which cake will be able to stand up to fondant? Any advices? Please help. Maybe you could suggest other cakes from your website that could stand up to fondant?

  • Julia | JuliasAlbum.com 08/27/2013, 11:25 AM

    What a gorgeous cake, decorated beautifully! You have so many great recipes. I love layered Russian cakes, they are so special and bring back good memories.

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