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Polish Babka Cake

Rated as 4.29 out of 5 Stars

"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]"
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50 m servings 317
Original recipe yields 12 servings (1 9-inch tube cake)


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  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Sift all-purpose flour and baking powder into a bowl. Stir in potato starch.
  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.
  4. Beat egg whites in a glass, metal, or ceramic bowl using clean beaters until stiff peaks form.
  5. Beat flour mixture into the batter until no dry spots remain. Gently fold in raisins and egg whites until evenly incorporated.
  6. Liberally grease a 6-cup Bundt(R) cake pan (approximately 8 inches in diameter) with 1 1/2 tablespoons butter. Sprinkle evenly with bread crumbs. Spoon batter into the prepared pan.
  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.


  • Cook's Note:
  • Note that potato starch is not the same as potato flour, though sometimes potato starch is erroneously labeled as potato flour. Make sure what you buy is a refined, white powder, as true potato flour is made from the entire potato, including the skin, and is less refined.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 317 calories; 17.6 36.5 4.1 103 132 Full nutrition

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