Traditional Czech food is all about homemade goodness, from dumplings and indulgent sauces to game meats -- and baked goods are especially beloved by Czechs everywhere. The babovka, a type of Czech coffee cake, is often served next to coffee and tea for guests and family. It's the type of simple and delicious cake that makes for a great centerpiece.
Growing up abroad, my mom often made babovka as a special treat for us to devour. Likewise, whenever we visited family in Czech Republic, we often had a slice when visiting family. Now, it's the cake I make for my own guests (and, secretly, for my breakfast throughout the week).
Every Czech grandmother has their own special recipe for the beloved babovka, but this is my tried-and-true recipe for the classic. It's easy, it's delicious, and it's going to be gone within days. Don't forget to sprinkle a little powdered sugar on top to top it all off, and serve with coffee and tea, of course!
Note: you may want to use a round or bundt cake tin for this recipe.
We're going to make this recipe with a mug - and if that sounds strange to you, just trust that just about every Czech grandmother does it this way. This recipe is very forgiving, so don't worry about being exact. Just use the same mug for every measurement to keep it even.
Last Updated 15 October 2022