Earl’ Castle Ruins Cake

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This meringue-based Earl’ Castle Ruins Cake with walnuts and prunes is another delightful Russian dessert with a catchy name.

Hello, my friends! I will be extremely short today. I’ve got a huge announcement to make. It’s my birthday this week! Thank you for your congratulations. Let me also congratulate Neil who’s celebrating birthday too (Isn’t the same day – May 8th?)

Last year I shared another Russian cake recipe around my birthday, so I’d like to continue this tradition.

Indeed, I never had this cake until this year. While it’s a relatively modern dessert originated from USSR, it has the story behind its creation.

Leonid Brezhnev, the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the governing Communist Party was a huge fan of meringue-based desserts. Different pastry chefs were searching for and trying new recipes to please the leader, and that was how this cake was born one day. As for the name, it was inspired by the story’s title of another influential Soviet person – the writer Arkady Gaidar.

Also, the cake shape itself reminds some kind of piece of architecture, isn’t it?

The cake is relatively easy to make, and the hardest part is making meringues (Of course, you can buy it too). You can play with different filling/frosting, and the only thing is that it shouldn’t be too runny like thin custard – the cake will become soggy too fast. Condensed milk, butter, dulce de leche, cream cheese, fruit preserves, on the other hand, will perfectly work. And of course, it’s always great to add some extra texture, so feel free to add various nuts and dried fruit. Personally, I love the combo of walnuts and prunes.

Mmm… Doesn’t this Earl’ Castle Ruins Cake sound delicious? Give it a try and celebrate my birthday with me then! :)

Cheers.


6 thoughts on “Earl’ Castle Ruins Cake

  1. Katherine | Love In My Oven says:

    Happy (belated) birthday dear Ben!!!! And what a way to celebrate! This looks like a giant pile of DELICIOUS. So glad you got some dulce de leche in there (from one caramel lover to another). Here’s to another great year!!

  2. Marissa says:

    This cake has my mouth watering, Ben! I love the name!!

    I’m on the Oregon coast with my mom to celebrate her 70th birthday tomorrow (May 8th)! I guess wonderful people are born in the first week of may. Happy Birthday, my friend!
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  3. Laura says:

    Oh my gosh, Ben! This cake is amazing! I love all the flavors here, as I’m sure Mr. Brezhnev did. Of couse, like you, dulce de leche in or on or anywhere nearby is one of my all-time favorites! This one is a masterpiece! I imagine you and Andrey enjoyed it immensely!

  4. David @ Spiced says:

    Woah. This cake is insane, Ben! I love that it has a story behind it, and you’re right that this totally looks like some sort of building rather than a cake. I bet you had fun making this one! More importantly, I hope you had fun eating it, too! Happy (early) birthday, my friend!
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