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Cherry Bublanina Recipe - Czech Tresnova Bublanina

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Cherry Cake

Cherry Cake

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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.

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.

Makes 6 servings of Cherry Bublanina or Tresnova Bublanina

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour


  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs divided, at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon Amaretto or other almond liqueur (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Pinch of cream of tartar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 pound washed, pitted sour cherries
  • Confectioners' sugar


  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, 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.

  3. Turn batter into prepared pan and scatter cherries evenly over top. Lightly press down cherries into batter until partially covered. 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.
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This is Cherry, Member Elodiec

I first made cherry bublanina 35 years ago. It turned out fabulous and from that moment it was one of my firm favourites. Make your egg whites quite firm and fold in gently. So easy! Impressive for dinner parties with fresh cherries and homemade ice cream. It is a shame this is not included in English recipe books as a standard. You have to know what you are looking for when you search for this. Just remember the name.. Bublanina. Once you try it you won't forget it!

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