Russian Sour Cream Cake


This easy Russian cake is made with only 3 ingredients and then filled with a delicious cream made of sour cream, sugar, and lemon juice.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 5 mins
10 servings



  • 3 eggs

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour


  • 1 ¾ cups sour cream

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice (Optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease a 9-inch springform pan.

  2. Combine eggs and 1 cup sugar in a large bowl; beat with an electric mixer for 5 minutes until mixture is smooth and thick. Sift 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons flour on top and carefully mix into the batter using a wooden spoon or a spatula. Pour batter into the prepared springform pan.

  3. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes. Allow to cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Remove from pan and allow to completely cool on a wire rack, about 1 hour.

  4. Combine sour cream, 1 cup sugar, and lemon juice in a large bowl; beat with an electric mixer for 10 to 15 minutes until a thick cream forms.

  5. Cut cake horizontally into 3 layers. Place bottom layer on a cake platter and spread with a layer of cream filling. Add second layer and spread another layer of filling on top. Finish cake by placing the third layer on top and cover cake from all sides with the remaining cream. Cover and refrigerate until serving.

Cook's Notes:

In Russia, smetana is used for this cake, but you can substitute it with full fat sour cream.

You can use some jam for garnish. Place a dollop of jam on top of the cake and, using a knife, move the jam through the cream for a marble effect.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

314 Calories
10g Fat
53g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 314
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 6g 29%
Cholesterol 74mg 25%
Sodium 43mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 53g 19%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 40g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 57mg 4%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 95mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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