“Gorka” or “Domik” Cake

This cake is called “Gorka”, small hill, or “Domik”, house because of it’s shape. It’s shaped like a hill with more rolls at the bottom and  less  rolls all the way to the top and covered in sour cream frosting.This is my husbands favorite cake. And I love it too! I have never tried it before my mother in law introduced me to it. It tastes amazing and it’s pretty easy to make. It takes some time to make  so plan ahead.


-8oz butter, softened

-16oz sour cream

-2 3/4 cup flour

-1 Cup Whipping Cream

-1 1/2 cup sugar

-1 Tsp vanilla extract

-Sour cherries in syrup (I bought this at a Russian store. They come in two sizes. If you get the small one, you will use all of them. If you get the big one you can have lots of cherries in your cake and some to snack on.)

-Cornstarch (you will need just a little for sprinkling)


Mix the butter with 1 cup  sour cream. Add flour a little bit at a time until the dough is no longer sticky.

Take dough and form into 1 1/2 inch balls and place on a plate. You will have 12-15 balls. Refrigerate dough for 1 hour.

Take dough out. Use a flat, floured surface and roll a ball out into an oval. Add flour when needed so it wont stick. Make it as thin as possible. Almost paper-thin.

Remove cherries from the syrup and line up in a row at the long edge of the oval dough. Sprinkle a little cornstarch. (I missed this step and didn’t use cornstarch and it turned out just fine.)

Start to roll up one edge over the cherries and roll all the way to the other edge. Now you have one long dough and cherry roll, trubachka.

Continue this process with the rest of the dough balls.

Preheat oven to 350*F. Use a non-stick cookie sheet or cover it with parchment paper to reduce the mess. Lay the roll down on top with about 1/2 inch in-between. Bake until no longer raw but golden in color. About 40-45 minutes.

Remove from oven and let them rest until completely cooled.

Sour cream frosting

Whip up whipping cream until light and fluffy.

Blend together the whipping cream, the rest of the sour cream, 1 1/2 cups sugar and vanilla.

On the serving platter you are using, line up 5 rolls. Cover in sour cream frosting. Top that with 4 rolls. Place them on top,  in-between the bottom rolls. Cover in frosting. Repeat with 3 then 2 and finally 1 last roll on top. It’s  up to you how well you want to cover the rolls with the frosting. I think it should look a little messy with some of the rolls and cherries showing through.

Garnish with grated chocolate if you would like.

Let the cake sit for a few hours or overnight in the fridge. This will allow the cream to soak into the dough.

Cut into the cake however you desire and enjoy!!!

oh sooo goood!


I’m Back! …and some birthday cake….

Hi everyone! I have been away for a while but I am back and I have some great recipes coming up. I started a new job and trying to adjust to my new schedule. My goal is to update once a week. I really hope I can stick to that schedule.

For today I want to tell you about my baby boys 2nd birthday. I guess he’s not a baby anymore since he’s 2 years old! I can’t believe it. Time flies! His birthday was February 24th. We decided not to throw a big party but just celebrate with the three of us. I wanted to experiment with marshmallow fondant on his birthday cake. I ended up making such huge cake that I called my family and they came over for some homemade pizza and fondant covered cake!

For my pizza I made the dough in my bread maker according to the bread maker recipe book. I divided the dough into two and made two rectangular pizzas with it. The toppings were whatever I had in the fridge at that time.

Turkey pepperoni pizza



Breakfast sausage and bell pepper pizza

My son Christian enjoying his slice!

Those two pizzas were perfect for the 8 of us!

And then there’s the cake…

I really didn’t want to spend the time on a homemade cake so I decided on the semi-homemade method. I bought a box of yellow cake mix and German chocolate cake mix. I used apple sauce instead of oil to make it a little healthier and followed the box directions on everything else.

I made homemade frosting to layer between the cake layers. I also used apricot preserve on some of the layers to break up the sweetness with some tartness.

The marshmallow fondant was the most work. I really wanted to make marshmallow fondant because I think it taste really good and so much better than regular fondant. I used a recipe I found online and added blue food coloring for the light and dark blue colors on the cake. I found it difficult to roll out the fondant but that may be my lack of upper body strength. I have never worked with any kind of fondant before but  I think it turned out pretty well.

Happy Birthday Christian!!!


I used boxed cake mixes, fondant recipe I found online, and frosting recipe I had in a cook book. If you would like any of the recipes just let me know and I would be happy to post them here for you!

So easy birthday party…sooo good!