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


  1. Mince 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).
  2. Add cookie/nut mixture with the milk and butter mixture and mix until smooth.
    Chill for 30 minutes.
  3. Pinch 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.
  4. Decorate 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

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