Everyone who has ever been to Poland has probably seen this delicious cake: It consists of two airy, wavy layers of dough, is filled with vanilla pudding and sprinkled with powdered sugar: Karpatka is the name of this wonderful dessert, which got its name from the Carpathians. After all, the Huckelkuchen covered with powdered sugar looks like a small mountain range.
The cake, which was especially popular in the 1970s and 80s, is available as a mix in almost all supermarkets in Poland. In Germany, procurement is more difficult. The baking mixes are only available on the internet and Polish specialty stores usually only offer fresh Karpatka once a week. But there is also a recipe that makes Karpatka taste like it does in Poland even without the original baking mix!
The ingredients for an original Polish Karpatka
For the cake you need 150 grams of flour, 125 grams of butter, 4 eggs, a bag of baking powder, 250 milliliters of water. For the cream, you need 500 milliliters of milk, 100 grams of butter, one and a half packets of vanilla pudding powder and 50 grams of sugar. Also granulated sugar to sprinkle over.
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The recipe: How to make Karpatka like in Poland
Here’s how it works: First take care of the dough. Boil the water in a saucepan and dissolve the butter in it. Stir in flour and baking powder on low heat and allow the mixture to cool.
Then heat the oven to 200 degrees over / under heat and break in the four eggs and mix (preferably with a hand mixer) in the batter. It should end with a spreadable consistency.
Now divide the dough in half and first spread one half evenly thin on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. This is then placed in the oven for 20 to 25 minutes until it has a golden brown color and a wavy texture. Repeat this process with the other half of the dough.
In the meantime, you can take care of the cream, which is the heart of Polish Karpatka. Boil half of the milk in a saucepan and mix in the vanilla sauce powder in the other half. Then add the milk pudding mixture to the boiling milk and stir until the mixture thickens.
Let this mixture also cool and then add butter and sugar and mix everything with a hand mixer on the highest level for a few minutes.
When everything is ready, spread one of the baked dough halves (preferably the one that did not turn out so nice) with the cream and place the other half of the dough on top. Now sprinkle over everything with powdered sugar and the original Polish Karpatka can be served.
Have a nice meal!