Russian Turtle Cake "Cherepaha"

This Russian turtle cake is really moist with nice little crunch,chocolate, and citrus flavor. To make it even more special for your kids birthday you can arrange the cake pieces in a shape of a turtle.Use raisins or chocolate chips for the eyes, and chocolate syrup or ganache to outline the shell.

6 eggs
1 1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa ( I used Dutch)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon vinegar
2 cups flour

3 1/5 cups sour cream
1 cup sugar
1 stick butter or 116 grams frozen
2 tablespoons cocoa
zest of 1 orange
1/2 cup crushed walnuts
1/2 cup raisins soaked and drained.
Shredded chocolate or cocoa for dusting.
* a little milk if needed

 Heat oven to 350 degrees.
Line a baking sheet(s) with parchment paper.

Beat eggs with sugar.
Mix vinegar with baking soda and add it to eggs and sugar.
Add cocoa and beat again.

Gradually add flour.

Using a teaspoon, Add the batter on the baking sheet. Bake for about 12-15 minutes. don’t over bake.
It should feel spongy.
You will need like 2-3 baking sheets.

Beat sour cream with sugar.(if sour cream is too thick, add about 1/2 cup milk. I use Daisy brand so it’s a little thick for this cake.)
Shred frozen butter.
Add butter,zest,walnuts,cocoa and raisins to sour cream.
Mix to combine all the ingredients.

Dip cooled cake pieces in the cream and arrange one on top of another forming a little hill or turtles back. Sprinkle with shredded chocolate or cocoa. Refrigerate for at least 6 hours or overnight for better results.