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Honey Babka

Honey Babka

A Traditional Ukrainian Dessert

Honey Babka is a traditional Ukrainian Dessert – an old fashioned honey cake, sweet, fluffy and moist with the addition of a delicious cream frosting topping

Ukrainian Honey Babka
Honey Babka



  • 2 1/2 cups plain flour
  • 8 eggs at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup honey, heated gently
  • 455 grams sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1./2 teaspoon salt


Frosting Ingredients:

  • 226 grams cream cheese
  • 226 grams whipped cream
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar



  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a large baking sheet (approx 11 x 17 inches) with parchment paper allowing extra paper around the sides to prevent batter spilling over
  • In a large bowl beat the eggs and sugar and salt until light and fluffy
  • In a small bowl combine the vinegar with baking soda, allow it to fizz up. Warm the honey and then add the soda/vinegar mixture, honey and sour cream to the batter
  • Beat together with a mixer on low until just combined
  • Sift the flour into the batter and combine with a mixer on low
  • The batter should be runny, don’t overbeat or you will lose the fluffy texture
  • Pour all the batter into the prepared baking sheet and level with a spatula
  • Bake for 30 minutes until a skewer comes out clean
  • Carefully place a cooling rack over the cake and gently flip over the baking tray
  • Remove the parchment from the bottom of the cake and place a large cutting board onto the cake and gently flip again
  • Let the cake cool
  • Once cool cut up the cake into even squares – about 2 inches square

To Make the Frosting:

  • In a medium bowl combine the cream cheese and the sieved icing sugar with a mixer on a low speed
  • Add the whipped cream and continue to beat together until the frosting is thick
  • Pipe the frosting onto the Honey Babka and serve





















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