This bábovka recipe was given to me by my sister-in-law Maruš once – I bet she didn’t think I’d be writing about her one day 🙂 Bábovka is a typical Czech cake that every Czech lady can make, including me (I can just about manage that :)) It’s a kind of Czech take on the British marble cake. It’s made in a babovka tin – in the UK (or US) look for a gugelhupf tin or a pretty bundt cake tin.

There are tens of different recipes for bábovka out there and this must be the simplest one of them all. You don’t have to spend ages foaming butter a sugar together, instead you just bang it all in a bowl, mix it up and stick it in the oven 🙂 You can modify the recipe to suit your taste in any way you want. You can leave out the sultanas, you can add nuts, you can just leave the batter plain and not add any cocoa – entirely up to you.

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Czech bábovka
Babovka recipe, czech cake
Cuisine Czech
Prep Time 15 min
Cook Time 35-40 min
Servings
1 bábovka
Ingredients
  • 250 g self-raising flour (the Czech recipe calls for "polohrubá mouka" and half a sachet of baking powder but in the UK self-raising flour already contains baking powder and is the perfect alternative in this case)
  • 180 g caster sugar
  • 4 eggs (separated, whites whisked into stiff peaks with a pinch of salt)
  • 130 ml milk
  • a handful of sultanas or raisins
  • 1 tbs cocoa powder
  • a little vanilla extract or some grated lemon peel
  • butter and semolina for tin preparation
Cuisine Czech
Prep Time 15 min
Cook Time 35-40 min
Servings
1 bábovka
Ingredients
  • 250 g self-raising flour (the Czech recipe calls for "polohrubá mouka" and half a sachet of baking powder but in the UK self-raising flour already contains baking powder and is the perfect alternative in this case)
  • 180 g caster sugar
  • 4 eggs (separated, whites whisked into stiff peaks with a pinch of salt)
  • 130 ml milk
  • a handful of sultanas or raisins
  • 1 tbs cocoa powder
  • a little vanilla extract or some grated lemon peel
  • butter and semolina for tin preparation
Babovka recipe, czech cake
Instructions
  1. Grease the inside of the bábovka tin and dust with semolina. Preheat your oven to 180 ºC, gas mark 4 (fan 170 ºC).
  2. Mix the flour, sugar, egg yolks, oil and milk in a mixing bowl. Add the vanilla extract and/or grated lemon peel. Add as many sultanas as you like.
  3. Beat the egg whites with a pinch of salt until they hold stiff peaks and add to the mixture.
  4. Pour about 2/3 of the mixture into the prepared tin.
  5. Mix the cocoa with a little warm water to a smooth paste. Cool and add to the remaining mixture.
  6. Pour the cocoa mixture into the tin.
  7. Bake in the middle of the oven for 35 - 40 minutes.
  8. Take out, let cool down for 10 minutes and turn out onto a plate or tray. Dust with icing sugar.
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Recipe Notes

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