Babka - Easter Polish Cake

Prep Time:

1h 45 min.

Cook Time:


6 Serving

About the Recipe


  • 3/4 cups of sugar + 2 tsp 

  • 2.5 cup of flour + 2 tbsp

  • 0.5 cup of butter

  • 4 egg yolks

  • 5 tsp of dry yeast

  • 1.3 cups of milk

  • 2 tsp of vanilla extract

  • lemon zest from 1 lemon

  • 1.5 cup of raisins

  • 0.5 tsp of salt

  • sliced almonds for decorations


  1. In a small bowl mix 2 tsp of sugar,  2 tbsp of flour, 1/2 cup of warm milk and yeast. Mix them well together, cover with a clean cloth and put in a warm place to grow for about 20- 25 min. 

  2. In the big mixing bowl add the rest of the flour, sugar, vanilla sugar and salt. Shred the butter on a grater and mix it with the rest of the ingredients. Mix in the rest of the milk, lemon zest, 3 yolks and the yeast mixture. 

  3. Kneed the dough, form a ball, cover it and put a side to grow for 30 min. 

  4. Add the raisins, kneed again. Place it in a Fluted Cake Pan, cover with a cloth and again let it grow.  Pre- heat the oven to 350F. 

  5. Scramble the last yolk, smear it on top of the cake. Sprinkle the almonds and bake for 35 min. 

  6. Serve it with butter and your favorite jam.