Babka cake and Hubby's Birthday! ...

"The Polish noun babka and Russian baba (Russian: баба) mean 'grandmother' and as applied to the pastry probably refer to its shape, a tall cylinder, sometimes with corrugations resembling a skirt’s pleats. The name of the pastry entered the English language from Polish, via French, although 'babka' is also sometimes used in its original sense ('grandmother'), especially among those of Eastern European descent." - by

This is one of the most famous and traditional cakes in Poland. It's called 'babka' or 'babka piaskowa' (sandy cake). It's my Hubby's Birthday today and I wanted to make a real cake for Him - lots of layers, cream, fruits etc. but no... He asked for this one. Fine by me - if it only makes him happy :) It's not difficult, though work consuming (especially if you don't have a big mixer as me...). Hope you will like it. The part with cocoa isn't necessary, so if you like you can skip it.

How to make it...

- 250 g unsalted butter
- 350 g caster sugar
- 5 eggs
- 300 g flour
- 200 g potato flour
- 1/2 glass of milk
- baking powder
- 2 tablespoon cocoa
- icing sugar for decoration

Mix the butter with the sugar till nice and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time mixing well. Mix both flours with baking powder and add gradually to the batter. Mix well each time. When it's getting to thick add milk and mix well again. Take few spoons of the batter to another bowl and add cocoa. Pour the white batter into the baking dish (traditionally it should be round with a whole in the centre). On the top spoon the cocoa batter. Bake in preheated oven in 180 C for approx. 55 minutes. After cooling sprinkle with icing sugar.