Russian Torte “Mashenka”

Mashenka in Russian is a sweet nickname, derived from Maria.  

My aunt shared this simple torte recipe.  It’s a perfect addition to your family table and goes wonderfully with black tea


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  • 1 can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1tsp baking soda
  • 2 tbs vinegar or lemon juice


  • 300 g sour cream
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup liquor (I like Kahlua)



Preheat oven to 350 F, grease a deep baking dish.

Mix the first 4 ingredients till smooth.  Pour vinegar over the baking soda.  The reaction will produce foam.  Mix the foam into the batter.

Pour the mixture in the dish, and bake for 35-40 min or until a toothpick comes out of the center clean and dry.

Remove from the dish and let cool on a wire rack.

To prepare the cream, blend sour cream and sugar with a hand mixer till the mixture starts thickening.  Add the liquor and let blend in.

Grind chocolate on a mid-small grinder.


After the cake is cool, carefully cut the sides off and cut the cake into ~ 1/2 inch layers.

Spoon a little bit of sour cream mixture on the bottom of a cake stand.  Place the first layer on it.  Generously layer sour cream mixture on top of the cake.   Place another cake layer on top, repeat with the remaining layers.  Sprinkle the top layer with the chocolate flakes.  Cover the cake and let stand in the fridge overnight for the flavors to blend .



  1. melaniejanem says:

    Yum! This looks delicious. How did you get the chocolate shavings to look pretty? I tried shaving chocolate and it came out looking like coffee grounds…sad.

  2. Lian Munday says:

    oh, if I could eat flour, I’d defo be trying this…. unfortunately, no flour of any kind for me :-( however, that doesn’t mean that the rest of the family haveto go without, I may well give it a try.

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