Definition of babka in US English:



  • A loaf-shaped coffee cake made with sweet yeast dough to which raisins, chocolate, or nuts may be added.

    • ‘Polish Americans have, in addition to the sausage, also contributed staples to American cuisine, including the breakfast roll, bialys, the babka coffeecake, and potato pancakes.’
    • ‘Light-footed waitresses pace the floor slinging babka French toast and eggs with kielbasa, and - mostly - plates of pierogi to a mixed crowd of chatty locals.’
    • ‘Following the Easter Liturgy, the priest blesses colored eggs, sausage, babka (special Easter bread), and cheese.’
    • ‘Baba or babka is one of the most distinctive of all Ukrainian breads, traditionally served at Easter.’


Polish, diminutive of baba (see baba).