from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A coffee cake flavored with orange rind, rum, almonds, and raisins.

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  • n. An Eastern European coffee cake flavored with orange rind, rum, almonds, and raisins

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  • n. a coffee cake flavored with orange rind and raisins and almonds


Polish, diminutive of baba, old woman.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Slavic (Wiktionary)


  • I really don't know why it wasn't labeled a "babka"-perhaps they just thought some people wouldn't know what that was.

    Around Pittsburgh

  • The foods traditionally blessed by a priest for Easter can be placed in three categories: breads (particularly a yeasty cake called babka), meats (ham, veal, suckling pig, sausage, bacon) and dairy products (butter, cheese, eggs or pisanki-often beautifully decorated by hand).

    Cincinnati Local News Headlines |

  • • Easter bread and cakes of all kinds, particularly a yeasty cake called babka

    cause of our joy

  • Shoyer, the owner of Paula's Parisian Pastries Cooking School in the Washington D.C., area, spends more than 300 pages modernizing Jewish classics such as babka, honey cake and hamentaschen and creating kosher versions of today's trendiest desserts - favorites like red velvet cupcakes.

    SFGate: Top News Stories

  • I've never had babka but the ingredients sound amazing

    Bibbity Bobbity Babka

  • "When did I last crave a babka?" mused 46-year-old Emily Katz, who grew up in the area.

    Pushcarts Gone, Hester Street Area Seeks New Life

  • I wouldn't ever suggest leaving a chocolate babka around us; that could be very very dangerous.


  • For dessert, try the peanut butter and jelly sinkers, doughnut holes to be dipped in warm peanut butter and jelly, or the homemade warm chocolate-cinnamon babka Loaf.

    Tweaking the Latkes

  • And a box arrives from Zabar's in New York with rye bread and chocolate babka.

    Arizona shooting victim sorry she could not save girl

  • I've made nearly a dozen recipes from this cookbook -- from coffee cake streusel muffins to chocolate babka to peanut butter cookies, and all have elicited shouts of joy from my coworkers.

    Felicia C. Sullivan: The Epic Ten: What You Should Covet in 2010


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    May 15, 2008

  • "If you could dig up laughs in a chocolate babka, you really were the funniest show around."
    --Marc Peyser, "Legend or Loser: Does 'Seinfeld' Still Hold Up After 10 Years?" Newsweek, May 12, 2008, 58

    May 15, 2008