The Polish Princess


Preparation info

  • Serves

    12 to 14

    • Difficulty


    • Ready in

      20 min

Appears in

The Baking Bible

By Rose Levy Beranbaum

Published 2014

  • About

This extraordinary cake is named for Ava Wilder-Zhan, the incomparable production editor of Rose’s Heavenly Cakes. Its original name in Polish was The Ambassador, and it is a contemporary, not a traditional cake. The cake came into popularity in the early 1990s, after the fall of communism when there was an influx of quality chocolate, alkalized cocoa, and raisins from abroad. When Ava described it to me and offered to help me re-create it, I was sufficiently intrigued to give it a try. As she described it, the cake has one simple baked layer, a sponge cake. It is then topped with two layers of vanilla pudding, one enhanced with cocoa and walnuts, and the other studded with chopped chocolate and raisins. After finally perfecting the cake, I made it as a wedding present for Ava and her husband, Luke.