Czechoslovakian Bublanina Dessert Recipe

Still life of Czech bublanina cake with raspberries
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  • 65 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins,
  • Cook: 45 mins
  • Yield: 6 servings
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The universal Czechoslovakian cake, called Bublanina, varies with the season and the fruit that is available. It's a bit like a coffeecake in texture and is probably why it is sometimes served as a breakfast pastry. Commonly used fruits are sweet cherries, tart cherries, plums, nectarines, apricots, strawberries and blueberries, which I used in this version.

The name "Bublanina" comes from the Czech word for bubble and might refer to the fact that the cake batter bubbles up around the fruit, almost enveloping it.

What You'll Need

  • 1/2 cup butter (softened, 1 stick)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs (divided, at room temperature)
  • Optional: 1 tablespoon Grand Marnier (or other orange liqueur)
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Pinch of cream of tartar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups blueberries (fresh, washed and stemmed)
  • Garnish: powdered sugar
  • Optional: Blueberry Sauce (see below)

How to Make It

  1. Place rack in center of oven and heat to 350 degrees. Butter or lightly coat with cooking spray a 9-inch-by-9-inch baking pan. In a medium bowl, cream together butter, sugar and yolks until light and fluffy. Add liqueur, if using, orange zest and salt, mixing well.
  2. In a clean medium bowl, beat egg whites with cream of tartar until stiff. Alternately fold in egg whites and flour into butter-egg mixture.
  1. Turn batter into prepared pan and scatter blueberries evenly over top. Press down into batter with a spatula. Bake 30 to 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cut into 6 equal pieces. Serve warm or cold dusted with confectioners' sugar and blueberry sauce, if desired.
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 356
Total Fat 22 g
Saturated Fat 11 g
Unsaturated Fat 7 g
Cholesterol 191 mg
Sodium 295 mg
Carbohydrates 35 g
Dietary Fiber 2 g
Protein 7 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)