Poppy Seed Babka

Babka Makowa

Poppy Seed Babka is a delicious cake, buttery, with crunchy poppy seed. So much easier to make than Poppy Seed Roll, so if you need a change or don’t have enough time, you should try baking Poppy Seed Babka. There is no need to ground poppy seed- isn’t it a perfect cake? It would make each family gathering a special celebration. You can make it for Easter or for a special Sunday dinner.

Poppy Seed Babka on a plate
Poppy Seed Babka – Babka Makowa


  • half lb and 2 spoons (250 g) soft butter
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup and 3 tablespoons flour
  • 3 tablespoons potato flour (potato starch)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup poppy seed
  • half cup milk

Sieve flours and baking powder into a bowl, combining them together.

Place soft butter and sugar in a mixer bowl. Mix it till you get a creamy light fluffy smooth dough. Then start adding eggs – mix in each egg, one by one. Next step is adding flours with baking powder. Then poppy seed and milk. Mix till all makes a homogeneous batter.

Grease the Babka baking form with butter and sprinkle it with breadcrumbs. Transfer batter into the baking dish. Bake Babka Makowa in a preheated oven for about 45 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius (356 F) until a toothpick comes out dry. When it’s done, leave it to cool and glaze Babka with easy lemon icing.

For icing: take one cup of powder sugar and mix it with 3 tablespoons of lemon juice. Pour icing over Poppy Seed Babka immediately and leave to cool.

Smacznego! Enjoy!

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11 thoughts on “Poppy Seed Babka”

  1. I see your recipe has fresh yeast. I’m hoping to make the Poppy Seed Rolls this week. Do you know the conversion from fresh yeast, if I can’t find it…..to dry yeast?

    1. I suppose there are different yeast in different countries. You can check dried yeast you have, there should be information on how much flour it is for and adjust accordingly.

  2. All I’ve got is GROUND poppy seeds. Can I use them or better to get the whole ones?
    Btw, I’m cooking klopsiki in tomato sauce right now. They’re looking good!!
    Thank you!

  3. I have baked Poppyseed Babka. I wasn’t sure when to add cornflower so added it to the batter after adding flour.
    For my taste, I would certainly add more sugar. But I have sweet tooth.

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