Kartoschka Cakes

Pat Duran


This recipe for "Kartoschka Cakes", which loosely translates to hedgehog cakes, was given to me by my neighbor Galena (from Croatia/Russia). It is a Russian specialty cake/cookie- made for special occasions. She has given me these for Easter for the past 3 years we have been neighbors.
They contain no sugar, except for the sweetened condensed milk- and yet taste very rich.

★★★★★ 4 votes
depends on the amount of dough pinched (about 32)
10 Min


1 c
vanilla wafers cookies
1 c
animal cracker cookies,no frosting
1 c
pistachio nuts
14 oz
can sweetened condensed milk
3/4 c
butter, softened
8 tsp
cocoa, unsweetened
4 Tbsp
brandy or cognac or rum (may use fruit juice)

How to Make Kartoschka Cakes


  • 1Mince cookies and nuts in a food processor into a coarse powder. Set aside.
    In a medium bowl Mix together the sweetened condensed milk and soft butter until smooth. Add cocoa and brandy(or juice).
  • 2Add cookie/nut mixture with the milk and butter mixture and mix until smooth.
    Chill for 30 minutes.
  • 3Pinch off a small amount of dough and form into small cake in the form of a little potato says Galena- I say like one of the mounds candy bar pieces- just a little smaller.
  • 4Decorate as you wish with chocolate or vanilla mousse. (frosting)
    Cover cakes carefully with plastic and chill for 5-6 hours.
    I hope you enjoy these- especially great at Easter.

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About Kartoschka Cakes

Course/Dish: Cakes, Chocolate
Other Tag: Quick & Easy