Polish Christmas Cake

Level of Difficulty: Medium

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  • 3 cups of flour
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 3/4 cups of honey
  • 1 cup of oil
  • 1 cup of strong tea
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tsp of baking soda
  • 1 tsp of ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp of ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp of ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp of allspice

Brew a cup of strong tea and let it cool a bit.

Mix all ingredients in a bowl together.

The mixture will be loose.

Pour the mixture into two or three 9 in by 13 in pans.

Bake at 350 F (180 C) for about 40 min or until the stick is dry when you poke the cake.


  • 9 Tbsp of grits
  • 2 cups of milk
  • About 1 cup of sugar
  • 2 sticks (250 g) of butter
  • 1 tsp of vanilla
  • Lemon juice from half a lemon
  • Plum marmalade

Prepare the grits according to directions on the box with adding milk, sugar, butter, vanilla, and lemon.

Once the cake cooled, cut the cakes (if you made two) in half horizontally. If you made 3 cakes, no need to cut them.

Spread the marmalade on one layer.


Then, spread the grits on top of the marmalade.


Cover with the next layer. Do that on each layer.



This Christmas, I decided to bake something new. I found a recipe my mom got from her friend, and I gave it a try. I’ve never tried a pastry like this one, but I absolutely love it. It is best the following days after being baked. The flavor gain their strength and it is amazing!

This is a typical Polish pastry. The cakes are made in all households in Poland in many different versions. Instead of using a filling like this one, people cover it with chocolate, coconut, some add dried fruit and many other options. I hope you decide to give this a try this Christmas too 🙂

Enjoy and Merry Christmas!

Other Christmas recipes to check out:

Honey Bread: https://thesweetworldsite.wordpress.com/2018/01/10/honey-bread/

Polish Meat Dumplings: https://thesweetworldsite.wordpress.com/2018/01/19/polish-meat-dumplings-pierogi/

Chocolate Covered Oranges: https://thesweetworldsite.wordpress.com/2017/12/28/chocolate-covered-oranges/

Polish Christmas Cookies: https://thesweetworldsite.wordpress.com/2017/12/20/polish-christmas-cookies-pierniki/

Karydopida: https://thesweetworldsite.wordpress.com/2017/12/04/karydopida/

7 Comments Add yours

  1. Megala says:

    Awesome! Sounds super delicious.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Another success, showing Christmas in Poland to be a beautifully flavorful celebration. Such compelling ingredients, too. Grits and tea, in a cake? Intriguing. Thanks for sharing a glimpse of what’s possible with creativity and passion!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Rebecca Anne says:

    I just visited Poland in December! The food was wonderful and this sounds amazing and similar to something I tried when I was there. I definitely need to make it!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I’m so happy to hear that! Polish food is the best, but I’m a bit bias haha. Where did you visit?

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      1. Rebecca Anne says:

        I stayed in Warsaw and a few years back got to visit Krakow 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

      2. Krakow is beautiful! If you ever go back, I recommend visiting Poznan where I am from 🙂

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      3. Rebecca Anne says:

        Oh, wonderful and thank you for the recommendation 😀

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