Birthday Cake Babka

Chef TQ's Quarantine Cooking

March 2020 | Projects

Birthday Cake Babka

A shout out to all those celebrating birthdays right now, we see you and thought you could use something a little special. And also, sprinkles make everything better even.

For the Bread:

1 Tbsp Yeast

1/3 C Sugar

½ C Water

4 ½ C Flour

1 Tbsp Vanilla

½ C Milk

1.5 sticks Butter, melted

2 Eggs

For the Filling:

1.5 C Cream Cheese

¾ C Powdered Sugar

1 tsp Vanilla

1/8 tsp Baking Powder


¼ C Rainbow Sprinkles

For the Crumb Topping:

¼ C Sugar

½ C Brown Sugar

1 stick Butter, melted

1 1/3 C Flour

4 Tbsp Rainbow Sprinkles

For the Frosting:

3 C Powdered Sugar

6 Tbsp Milk

1 tsp Salt


For the dough: place yeast and 1 tsp of sugar in a small bowl. Add lukewarm water and stir gently to mix. Set aisde until foamy, 5-7 minutes.

In a stand mixer with dough hook, mix flour, remaining sugar and vanilla

In a saucepan, scald the milk – allow to sit for 1 minute just to cool slightly.

Turn mixer on low speed, add the yeast mixture, the milk and melted butter. Add the eggs one at a time, waiting until first egg is blended before adding the next.

When the dough comes together, after 2-3 minutes, turn off mixer and scrape down sides. Raise speed to high and mix for another 5-10 minutes.

You want the dough to be shiny and elastic.

Place dough in a greased bowl and allow to rise for 1-2 hours, or until doubled.

While rising, make filling and topping.

For the filling: Beat softened cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla, baking powder and salt. Fold in sprinkles until combined.

For the crumb topping: Combine sugars in a small bowl. Stir in melted butter and the flour. Add sprinkles, combine using fingers     so they don’t break.

Prepare (3) 9.5″ by 5″ greased loaf pans.

Cut dough into 3 equal parts – use a scale to be precise. Roll out one part into a rectangle.

Spread with 1/3 of the cream cheese filling and roll up along the shorter side

Once dough is formed into a swirled log, cut it lengthwise down the middle so the filling is exposed. Cut 1/2″ off each end.

Layer each cut piece on top of one another and twist. Place in a greased loaf pan.

Repeat with other two pieces of babka dough. Lightly drape a kitchen towel over the top of pans and allow to rise another 30 mins.

Preheat oven to 350F while dough rises.

Before baking, add 1/2 of crumb topping to each babka. Bake for 30-35 min.

Edges should be slightly brown and interior should be slightly doughy.

Allow to cool for 5-10 min. Use a butter knife to loosen from pan and cool on a rack.

Combine ingredients for frosting and drizzle.

Making It Happen

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