Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Sponge 'Babka' cake - the recipe

Some of you asked me to share the recipe for babka cake.
Babka or baba is a traditional cake in Slavic countries. Babka or baba means 'old lady' or a 'grandmother'. It's especially made with yeast and icing for Easter Sunday. More interesting information you can read on wikipedia: Babka cake

I made my babka with no yeast but with a sponge, and I made it much smaller than the usual Easter babka.

The recipe:


Sponge babka cake

5 eggs
150g powdered sugar  (5.3 oz)
150g wheat flour          (5.3 oz)
50g cooled melted butter  (1.75 oz)
15g cocoa                       (0.5 oz)
3 tablespoons hot water
1 teaspoon baking powder

Set the oven to 160C  (320F)
Grease the cake tin with butter (I used a bundt babka tin, but it can be any tin)

Separate egg yolks from the whites.
Pound yolks with sugar and add 3 tablespoons of hot water. Stir.
In a separate bowl beat the whites to a light froth.
Mix flour and baking powder with yolks.
Gently mix the froth with yolks and add cooled melted butter. Mix gently all together.

Pour 3/4 of the batter into a tin, the remaining 1/4 of batter mix with cocoa. Pour the cocoa batter into a tin.
Bake for 30-35 minutes.

And that's it! :)


Before Easter, I will show how to make a different kind of babka.


  1. Dziekuje bardzo ! We always had a great time when we visited Poland, met some extremely nice people and always ate very well. I'm looking forward to trying the recipe ! Where exactly are you from ?

  2. Mazovia, east-central Poland, I'm from a town near Warsaw. I'm glad that you had a great time in Poland!

    Thanks for visiting my blog! :)

  3. Hi Dewberry,

    Thank you for the recipe! Will try this one of these days and will tell you how it goes!

  4. Looks lovely and very professionally made!

  5. Thanks so much for the recipe - it looks so good I am going to try it very soon. Again, thanks so much for sharing

  6. Thanks for sharing the recipe.. Hope I have "the one fine day" to try yr recipe.

    1. This recipe is very easy and it doesn't take much time to prepare it :)

  7. That looks delicious. I think my boys would like that. Might give it a go at the weekend. :)

  8. Beautiful, masterful and delicious!