Bubbly Cake (Bublanina)
Ingredients: 4 eggs, 400g (3 1/3 cups) powdered sugar, 200ml oil (5/6 cups), 300ml milk (1 1/2 cups), 500g (3 1/3 cups) flour, 12g (2 tablespoons) baking powder, vanilla extract, blueberries or cherries, butter and extra flour to coat the baking pan.
Prep Time: 20 minutes to get everything ready, 40 minutes for baking.
Yesterday I baked my first-ever cake. It turned out delicious. The name of this cake is bublanina, which means, roughly, bubbly cake. It is a light and fluffy coffee cake filled with your choice of fruit. I used blueberries, but feel free to substitute whatever you have at hand. The recipe comes from mimibazar.sk. Another variation on this recipe, one found for instance on varecha.sk, calls for the whites and yolks to be separated from each other, and the whites whipped into “snow”. I didn’t do this, and the cake still turned out great.
The recipe I used specified to bake the cake for 25-30 minutes at 350F. I found I had to bake mine little longer, about 40 minutes. Also, I converted the amounts into cups (volume measure). This is generally not a good idea when baking, since 1 cup of sugar will weigh more if the sugar has settled. It’s better to instead use a kitchen scale and weigh the ingredients, at least until you get a feel for the consistency of the batter. Anyway, let’s start baking. This is a really easy cake (koláč) to make.
Start by cracking the eggs (vajcia) into a large bowl and adding 400g (about 3 1/3 cups) of powdered sugar (práškový cukor). Also add oil (olej) and milk (mlieko). I also gave it a tiny bit (the cap’s worth) of vanilla extract (vanilka).
Whisk the ingredients together until everything gets mixed thoroughly. Then add 500g (about 3 1/3 cups) of flour (múka) and 12g (2 tablespoons) of baking powder (prášok do pečiva). Add a tiny bit of baking soda if you have any (I didn’t). Mix well and pour into a medium-sized deep baking pan which you first greased with butter. Also sprinkle flour into the pan before pouring the cake batter.
Then add your favorite fruit (ovocie). Blueberries (čučoriedky) are really popular, and so are cherries (čerešne). I figured the berries will sink down during baking but they didn’t, at least not enough. So I recommend you push the fruit in slightly, just enough for the dough to cover the tops. Otherwise, your cake may turn out like mine, with the fruit on top, instead of distributed more evenly throughout the cake. Bake until the sides no longer stick to the pan and a toothpick (špáradlo) stuck in the cake comes out clean. Check the cake (koláč) in few spots to make sure it is indeed baked through.