Since I live in Poland I’ve tried many traditional and authentic cakes and desserts. And if I want to be very honest with you I have to tell you that my favorite one is definitely kremowka.

But don’t click the below link yet and read at least a few lines more. 🙂

When I say that the kremowka is my favorite one you should also know that my personal number 2 is Karpatka (a Polish Carpathian mountain cream cake).

Karpatka pronunciation is actualy very simple and you read is exactly as it is written – Karpatka 🙂

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Polish Papal Cream Cake – kremowka

It is quite possible that I like both of these cakes because they have a very similar texture and they are both filled with vanilla-flavored cream. But there is one significant difference.

What is karpatka cake?

The main difference is that the kremowka is made with puff pastry and additionally filled with double cream. Plus I also add a drizzle of Amaretto to the vanilla cream filling. The karpatka on the other hand is made with a so-called choux pastry (ciasto parzone in Polish).

Traditional Karpatka - one of the most popular Polish desserts.

The puff pastry is made by folding and rolling the dough with cold butter (or other fat) several times until many layers of choux pastry appear. The choux pastry is made by mixing water, butter, salt, and sugar together and bringing it to a boil. After that you mix everything together while still hot and all ingredients are combined together. Later on, when the dough is cooled down the eggs are added. The choux pastry is also more flexible than the puff pastry.

The karpatka is also less sweet which makes it perfect for the days when I crave more food but not so sweet ones 🙂

Also, the preparation of the karpatka is less time-consuming as the dough is made very fast. Last but not least you can make the whole cake at home and for the kremowka, you might be ending up using store-bought puff pastry. As making your own puff pastry requires few hours and endless folding of the dough.

Karpatka vs napoleonka

Karpatka is made of steamed dough, and the napoleon cake is made of puff pastry. Same like kremowka. The difference between the last two cakes is that the karpatka is made of custard mass, and the napoleon is made of cream mass based on double cream (the exact recipe depends on the region).

How to make the simplest choux pastry?

Pour 1 cup of water into a pot and add 150g of butter, a pinch of salt, and 1 teaspoon of sugar. Bring to a boil. Meanwhile, add 1 cup of flour to a bigger bowl and then pour over the content from the pot. Mix with a wooden spoon until all is combined and the dough starts to stick together. Once the dough is ready let it cool down a bit.

Once cooled but not completely cold start adding the 5 eggs one by one, mixing the dough all the time. After that, you can use your choux pastry.

How you can use the choux pastry?

  • cream puffs
  • profiteroles
  • eclairs
  • churros
  • Paris-Brest
  • Beignet
  • Gougere
  • Pommes dauphine
  • Polish Carpathian cake

How to make the filling for karpatka?

Pour 2 cups of milk into a pot and add 3/4 of a cup of granulated sugar. Bring to a boil. Meanwhile mix 1 cup of milk with 2 egg yolks and 1 teaspoon of vanilla sugar, 80g of regular, and 80g of potato starch.

Add the mixture to hot boiling milk and mix quickly. After a few moments, the cream starts to thicken. Cook for about 1 minute and then let it cool completely.

Once the cream is cooled completely add 200g of soft butter (at room temperature) into a mixer and beat until soft and fluffy. Then add the cream into the beaten butter 1 spoon at a time while still mixing.

Use the cream in a Polish Karpatka or other cake of your choice.

Traditional Karpatka – making Polish carpathian cream cake.

Traditional Karpatka – one of the most popular Polish desserts.

Przepis autorstwa tasteisyoursCourse: Recipe bookCuisine: PolishDifficulty: medium
Servings

16

servings
Prep time

45

minutes
Cooking time

30

minutes
Resting time

2

hours 
Total time

3

hours 

15

minutes

Authentic Polish Karpatka (Carpathian Cake) recipe.

Ingredients

  • Choux Pastry:

  • 1 cup of water

  • 150g of butter

  • 1 cup of flour

  • 5 eggs

  • Pinch of salt

  • 1 teaspoon of granulated sugar

  • Vanilla cream:

  • 3 cups of milk

  • 3/4 cup of granulated sugar

  • 200g of soft butter (at room temperature)

  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla sugar

  • 80g of flour

  • 80g of potato starch (potato flour)

  • 2 egg yolks

  • Optionally: some powdered sugar to dust the top of the cake

Directions

  • Pour 1 cup of water into a pot and add 150g of butter, a pinch of salt, and 1 teaspoon of sugar. Bring to a boil.
  • Meanwhile, add 1 cup of flour to a bigger bowl and then pour over the content from the pot. Mix with a wooden spoon until all is combined and the dough starts to stick together. Once the dough is ready let it cool down a bit.
  • Once cooled but not completely cold start adding the 5 eggs one by one, mixing the dough all the time.
  • Divide the dough into 2 parts. Spread each part of the dough on a baking sheet (35x24cm) and bake in the preheated oven at 180°C for 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, your dough is baking prepare the vanilla filling.
  • Pour 2 cups of milk into a pot and add 3/4 of a cup of granulated sugar. Bring to a boil. Meanwhile mix 1 cup of milk with 2 egg yolks and 1 teaspoon of vanilla sugar, 80g of regular, and 80g of potato starch.
  • Add the mixture to hot boiling milk and mix quickly. After a few moments, the cream starts to thicken. Cook for about 1 minute and then let it cool completely.
  • Once the cream is cooled completely add 200g of soft butter (at room temperature) into a mixer and beat until soft and fluffy. Then add the cream into the beaten butter 1 spoon at a time while still mixing.
  • Place one part of the baked dough on a flat surface and spread it over with the vanilla cream. Then cover with the top layer.
  • Transfer the cake to the fridge and let it cool completely for around 2 hours.
  • Optionally you can dust the cake with powdered sugar before serving.
  • Enjoy 🙂

Notes

  • Be aware that once you add the eggs to the hot dough you will end up having a scrambled choux pastry. So I recommend adding the eggs only when the dough is cold enough.
  • Cut the cake with a sharp knife after some time in the fridge. Otherwise, the cream will come out from the sides while cutting.
Traditional Karpatka - one of the most popular Polish desserts.
Traditional Karpatka - one of the most popular Polish desserts.

Most popular Polish desserts.

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