There are certain recipes that evoke fond childhood memories. For me there’s one cake that always makes me think of those great moments. I remember visiting my grandma on many occasions and for some reason the scent of ‘babka piaskowa’ (bundt cake) was always in the air. This by far is my favorite childhood memory. So in perfect time for Easter I’m showing you how to make simple yet delicious bunt cake.
‘Babka‘ or Bundt cake is a very popular dessert in Poland. ‘Babka’ means grandma or woman in Polish so it’s a perfect name for a cake that your grandma would make. This recipe has been passed on from my grandma to my mom and now to me. Don’t you just love those family traditions? I think it’s such a wonderful way to always remember your loved ones and celebrate their life. It’s been so many years since my grandma passed away. But every time I smell and taste this beautiful bundt cake it’s like I’m transformed back to my grandma’s house. I believe this is the magic of food. When you make something with rich history and put your heart into it, it makes all the difference.
How To Make Simple Delicious Bundt Cake (Babka) For Easter
This recipe is really easy to make. It only requires 9 ingredients you most likely already have in your pantry. I hope you enjoy this tasty treat and have a wonderful Easter.
Bundt Cake Ingredients
3 3/4 cup of flour
2 1/4 cup of icing sugar
375 gr. of butter
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp of arrack, rum or vanilla essence
3 tbsp of sour cream
2 pinches of salt
2 tsp of cocoa (optional)
Bundt Cake Baking Directions
Melt butter in a pot on the stove top and mix it with the icing sugar. Break the eggs and separate the whites from the yolks. Put the egg whites aside. Add the yolks to the butter and sugar. Mix well.
In a separate bowl mix flour, baking powder and arrack essence. If you can’t find arrack essence you can easily substitute with either rum or vanilla essence. Arrack essence is very popular in Poland therefore it’s easy to find. But I’m not too sure of its popularity in other countries or North America.
Add the wet mixture to the flour mixture and mix well. Add sour cream and salt. Mix all ingredients very well.
Beat the egg whites with an electric mixer until soft peaks form. Add the beaten eggs to the rest of the mixture and incorporate well.
Bundt Cake Pan
To bake this bundt cake you’ll need a special bundt cake pan. You’ll recognize the bundt cake pan by its distinctive shape. When the cake comes out it resembles a large ring shape. You should be able to find the pan at a baking store or you can always buy it online.
Grease the bundt cake pan with some butter and sprinkle it with a little bit of breadcrumbs. This ensures that the cake doesn’t stick to the pan when you want to remove it. Pour half of the mixture into the pan. At this time if you want to make a multicolored bundt cake you can add 2 tsps of cocoa into the other half of the cake mixture and incorporate it well. Then you would pour that half of the mixture into the middle of the cake pan. This ensures that the chocolate is incorporated into the center of the cake. If you’re making a white bunt cake you can simply pour the entire mixture into the cake pan.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit (170C). Bake the cake for about 45 minutes. Insert a clean wooden stick into the center of the cake and when it comes out clean the cake is ready.
Let the cake cool. Flip the cake upside down using a serving plate and let it slid out of the cake pan. Sprinkle the entire cake with a thin layer of icing sugar.
So there you have it; a perfect ‘babka piaskowa’ (bundt cake) that’s ready to serve to your family and friends for Easter. I hope you’ll fall in love with it as much as I have. If you want more tasty Polish dessert recipes check out my other favorite faworki fried dough pastry here.
What do you think of this recipe? Do you have a favorite childhood dessert? Let me know what are your family’s dessert traditions during Easter and for other occasions.
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