Pound Cake (Bábovka)

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Bábovka, which is often translated as pound cake, but really not having any meaning, is a light and fluffy cake that is prepared for holidays. This cake is more common in the Czech Republic, but you will often find it at the Slovak Easter or Christmas table (along with vianočka). It is also baked for Slovak weddings. Bábovka is typically made from flour and cacao (for instance, see here). But Alena in Slovakia sent in this really easy recipe, prepared by her mom, which doesn’t call for any flour. Instead, the cake is baked using pudding packets. I haven’t tried it yet, but it looks extremely easy (and delicious)! Here it is:

Ingredients: 4 pudding packets, 4 whole eggs, 2 dl (0.8 cups) powdered sugar, 2dl (0.8 cups) oil, one baking powder packet (12g)

ingredients for babovka pound cake form
The ingredients for bábovka. Crucial is the donut-shaped pound cake baking form. In Slovakia, the form has grooves on the outside, as shown.


Combine the oil and sugar. Whisk well.


Then add the eggs and baking powder. Also add the pudding. To make the dual-layer pound cake, mix in two vanilla puddings with half the oil mixture, and two chocolate ones with the second half.


Grease the baking form and dust with flour. Pour in some vanilla mix.


Then add the chocolate dough. Alena did not specify this in her recipe, but I am guessing that the chocolate layer was topped off with more vanilla to make the outside white.

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Bake on 375F – 400F for about 30 minutes. Enjoy!

I also found an interesting article talking about bábovka traditions in the Czech Republic. And for more of Alena’s recipe’s, check out apricot cake.

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