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Russian Monday: “Prazskiy Tort” – Cake “Prague”

I loved this cake when I was a child. It is not too sweet and has a perfect amount of chocolate. It was very difficult to buy in a store, people used to queue up in line for a long time to get that cake. That’s why we baked it at home very often by ourselves.

I present you the original recipe, how it was supposed to taste, however, everyone had their own version, some made frosting differently, some used liqueur between layers. To me, this recipe is absolutely sumptuous as it is. I hope you will try to make it, please let me know when you do – I would love to hear your opinion!

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Chocolate cake “Prague” with chocolate cream

"Prazskiy Tort" - Prague Cake

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By Yelena Strokin Serves: 6

Ingredients

  • For the cake:
  • 6 egg whites
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 2/3 cups (150g) sugar 
  • 1 cup (115g) all-purpose flour 
  • 1/4 cup (25g) unsweetened cocoa powder ( I like to use Scharffen Berger)
  • 3 Tbsp. (40g) unsalted butter, melted
  • For the frosting:
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 Tbsp. + 1 tsp (20g) water
  • 1/2 cup (120g) sweetened condensed milk
  • 16 Tbsp. (220g) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 Tbsp. (10g) unsweetened cocoa powder 
  • For the chocolate glaze:
  • 4 Tbsp. (55g) apricot jam or other jam ( I used applesauce)
  • 3.5 oz. (100g) dark chocolate, finely chopped
  • 3 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream

Instructions

1

Line the 9-inch round baking cake pan with parchment paper and spray lightly with non-stick spray.

2

To make a cake batter: In a large bowl, whisk together egg yolks and half of the sugar until pale yellow and fluffy. In a separate large bowl, whisk the egg whites until soft peaks. Add the remaining sugar, and whip until stiff peaks. Using a rubber spatula carefully fold the egg yolks into the egg whites mixture, mix until just combined.

3

In a small bowl mix together the flour and cocoa powder. Sift the flour mixture to the egg mixture. Carefully but thoroughly fold them together (use a rubber spatula). Add the melted butter and again carefully fold until thoroughly mixed. Pour the cake batter in prepared cake pan and bake in preheated oven at 350F, for about 30 minutes.

4

Remove from the oven, let cool for about 10 minutes and turn over onto a cooling rack. Leave on to cool uncovered for about one hour. Then cut the cake in 3 layers.

5

To make the chocolate glaze: Bring whipping cream to a boil, add chocolate and butter to it. Stir until the chocolate is all melted and smooth, let it cool.

6

Now you are ready to put your cake together. Put one layer of cake at a time and top it off with the frosting. Brush the top of the cake with the apricot jam. Then cover the cake with chocolate ganache and sprinkle some grated chocolates on top.

7

To make the frosting: In a saucepan, mix the egg yolk with water, and condensed milk and mix. Cook on low heat until little thick, but don't bring to boil. Let mixture cool to room temperature. In a separate bowl, whip the butter with the mixer and whip attachment until white in color and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes. Add the milk-egg mixture, a tablespoon at the time, and mix until incorporated. Add the cocoa powder and whip again.


Making the chocolate cake “Prague”

Chocolate cake “Prague” with chocolate cream

Slice of chocolate cake “Prague”

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7 Comments

  • Reply
    Rosa's Yummy Yums
    January 19, 2015 at 8:53 am

    A delicious looking cake!

    Have a great week, dear.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  • Reply
    La Table De Nana
    January 19, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    I bet it is so good Yelena..you can tell by the crumb:)

  • Reply
    Anonymous
    January 19, 2015 at 4:49 pm

    Who can resist a multi layered chocolate cake, especially when it has a lovely pot of tea right next to it! Again your images have me wondering why I haven't made a chocolate cake lately and thinking that I might just have to remedy that situation STAT! Lovely images, a most glorious looking cake and another wonderful share of your Russian heritage and Russia's rich diversity of recipes for us all to enjoy and learn from. We come here and take away recipes, history and a much better understanding of the world around us Yelena 🙂

  • Reply
    Medeja
    January 20, 2015 at 10:22 am

    I don't think I tried this cake.. but looks definitely worth trying 😀

  • Reply
    Elen Smirnova
    January 20, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    I've never tried this cake but I'm always dreaming about it…in fact I can't understand what prevent me from cooking this chocolate heaven! It seems to me a real masterpiece which deserves to be prepaired for a special occasion and on your photos it looks even more amazing then I imagine:)

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    Rebecca Subbiah
    January 21, 2015 at 3:17 am

    wow looks amazing I so want a slice

  • Reply
    Angie Schneider
    January 22, 2015 at 7:05 pm

    Gorgeous layers! I would love a slice with my tea.

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