“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!


Pierog Leniviy

This cake is super easy to make, and is so delicious. It’s called pierog leniviy which translates into Lazy Pie. It’s “lazy” probably because it uses few ingredients and there is not much work involved in preparing it. And “pie”? It’s not really a  pie or pierog even. I would say it’s a cake! This is one of my favorite Russian/ Ukrainian cakes ever. It brings back so many memories for me of my mom making this for us kids and we could barely wait for it to get out of the oven. We would just break it up and dip it into the sour cream frosting. Mmmmm… Oh yeah, the recipe! Here it is:

300g (approx. 10.5 oz) of plum jelly or seedless preserve(I used seedless blackberry preserve. It turned out amazing. I say use whatever flavor you like and see how it turns out.)

2 Tsp baking soda

1 Cup white sugar

1 Cup milk

1 Egg

3 Cups flour

2 Tbsp butter for greasing

Preheat oven to 350* F.

In a large mixing bowl mix together the jelly and baking soda. It will start bubbling and making a sort of hissing sound.

Next add the rest of the ingredients and slowly stir them in by hand.

As you can see in the photo above it looks pretty much the same just more bubbles.

Grease a 9×11 rectangular baking pan or round cake pan.

Empty the contents of the mixing bowl into the bake pan and place in the oven.

Bake for 45 minutes to an hour. Check to make sure it’s baked through.

Here it is! You can slice it up into squares like you would brownies and just eat them up. Or you can create a sour cream frosting to go with it.

2 Cups sour cream

1/2 Cups sugar

Mix together the sour cream and sugar. Taste it! If you want it sweeter just add a little more sugar. (I always add a little more sugar.)

Cut the cake horizontally and take the top half of the cake and set aside. Use half the sour cream frosting and spread it on the top of the bottom half of the cake.

Take the top half and place it on top. Now you have frosting in the center. The other half of the sour cream frosting will go on top.

This is what I’m doing while making the cake.

A slice for you! Enjoy! Mmmmm…sooo good!