Polish Babka Cake

This traditional Polish babka is a cake perfect to enjoy with an afternoon cup of tea or coffee. My version is made without yeast. It’s a moist and dense cake flavored with hints of vanilla, almond, and lemon. Dust with confectioners' sugar if desired. [Recipe originally submitted to Allrecipes.pl]



Step: 1

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

Step: 2

Sift all-purpose flour and baking powder into a bowl. Stir in potato starch.

Step: 3

Beat 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons butter in a bowl using an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add confectioners' sugar and vanilla sugar; beat until just combined. Add egg yolks and sour cream; mix well. Whisk lemon zest, lemon juice, and almond extract into the batter.

Step: 4

Beat egg whites in a glass, metal, or ceramic bowl using clean beaters until stiff peaks form.

Step: 5

Beat flour mixture into the batter until no dry spots remain. Gently fold in raisins and egg whites until evenly incorporated.

Step: 6

Liberally grease an 8-inch, 6-cup Bundt® cake pan with 1 1/2 tablespoons butter. Sprinkle evenly with bread crumbs. Spoon batter into the prepared pan.

Step: 7

Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, 30 to 40 minutes. Cool slightly before inverting cake onto a serving plate.


Per Serving: 317 calories; protein 4.1g; carbohydrates 36.5g; fat 17.6g; cholesterol 103mg; sodium 132.2mg.

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