Carpathian Mountain cake – Karpatka – Ania’s Polish Food Recipe #12


For the cake:

  • 1/2 cup of butter
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp of salt

For the cream:

  • 1 cup of butter
  • 4 cups of milk
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 5 tbs of white flour
  • 5 tbs of corn starch
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 2 tsp of vanilla extract

For decorating:

  • icing sugar


  1. Heat oven to 200 degrees C. Lightly coat two medium size baking pans with cooking spray.
  2. Mix flour, baking powder and salt together. In a medium saucepan, bring water, butter and salt to a boil.
  3. When butter has completely melted, remove from heat and, using a wooden spoon, add flour mixture. Return to stove and stir over low heat for 2 or 3 minutes or until dough cleans sides of pan and forms a ball.
  4. Remove from heat and beat in eggs one at a time. You can do it either by hand or with an electric mixer. Batter should be smooth and glossy.
  5. Pour dough into prepared pans and smooth it out.
  6. Bake 25 minutes or until top is golden brown and dry. Remove from pan and let cool completely on a wire rack before filling.
  7. In a mixing bowl put one cup milk, flour, corn starch, egg yolks and vanilla and mix until well combined.
  8. In a medium saucepan, bring milk to a boil and add sugar, stirring until dissolved. Reduce heat add egg mixture and continue to cook and stir until thickened like pudding, at least 2 minutes. Stir in vanilla. Let it cool to room temperature, covered with plastic wrap not to form the crust.
  9. Make sure filling is completely cool before beating in softened butter. Butter and cream should both be room temperature to get smooth cream without any lumps.
  10. Remove one cake from the pan and line it wit a parchment paper. Place it half back in the pan and pour the filling over, spreading evenly.
  11. Top with the other half of dough and refrigerate at least 1 hour.
  12. When ready to serve, dust heavily with icing sugar to look like snow on a mountain. Cut
  13.  into rectangles and serve.


5 thoughts on “Carpathian Mountain cake – Karpatka – Ania’s Polish Food Recipe #12”

  • Ania – thank you so much for this recipe and step by step instructions on youtube. I made Karpatka for my mom and dad last weekend and it was a big hit. I posted a photo on Facebook and all of my friends were drooling and wanted the recipe and I shared your link. I am looking forward to trying more of your recipes – it’s just hard to decide what to try next! Thank you so much for helping me rediscover my Polish roots. All the best from Tasmania 🙂

    • So happy you found me 🙂 I will have some Easter sweets coming soon so maybe you should try some of them 🙂

  • Dear, Ania Thank you so much for your amazing blog and you tube recipes. I’m slowly becoming Polish for my husband now lol, thanks to your help. I have made this from your recipe before and once again this was a hit. This time I actually mix the cream mix after the butter and fold it with unsweetened whipped cream. LOVE LOVE all your recipes!!

  • Ania -I love your videos and your blog. Your children are adorable and so lucky to have a mom who makes such great food! I’m half Polish and am learning the language now (or trying to). Your English is really good! How did you learn? About the Karpatka – should I use salted or unsalted butter? I’m in the US. Thanks!!!

  • The butter you use is it salted or unsalted or could it be margarine because its such a rich yellow color

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