Poppy seed cake with cherry jelly

This Ukrainian poppy cake is called pliatsok.

It’s love at first bite.

The layers of jelly and hard sauce give the poppy seed dessert a distinguished taste.

Plus, this home cake is topped with milk chocolate for the ultimate treat.

Once you try to cook this poppy pie, it will become one of your favorite ones. Don't miss such a chance!


Sponge cake

  • 5 eggs
  • 2 tsp leaven
  • a pinch of salt
  • 2 tbsp hot water
  • 2 tsp vegetable oil
  • 250 g (1/2 lb) flour
  • 250 g (1/2 lb) sugar
  • 150 g (5 oz) poppy seeds

Hard sauce

  • 5 yolks
  • 150 g (5 oz) sugar
  • 1/2 l (liter) of milk
  • a pinch of vanilla sugar
  • 250 g (1/2 lb) dairy butter

Cherry jelly

  • 1 1/2 cup of water
  • 250 ml cherry juice
  • 250 g frozen cherries
  • 2 packages of cherry jelly


  • a bar milk chocolate


Separate yolks and whites of eggs. Salt the whites and whip them. Combine yolks, vegetable oil, and hot water in a separate bowl and stir the ingredients. Mix flour and leaven. Sift the mixture. Add sugar to the whipped whites gradually. Then add the yolk mass. Stir everything carefully. Add the flour mass and poppy seeds. Mix the mass thoroughly. Transfer it to a baking sheet greased with dairy butter and bake the sponge cake for 35 minutes. Then cool it and cut the poppy seed pie in half horizontally.

Hard sauce

Combine yolks, milk, sugar, and vanilla sugar. Boil the hard sauce and cool it. Then mix the hard sauce with dairy butter and whip it.

Cherry jelly

Bring cherry juice to boil. Then add 2 packages of cherry jelly and stir until the jelly dissolves completely. Add cherries and wait until the jelly starts to thicken. Then pour the jelly above one of the crusts. Put the cake in a fridge.

Grease the second crust with the prepared hard sauce. When the jelly sets completely, put the crust above the crust greased the hard sauce.

Top the poppy tart with melted milk chocolate and decorate it with grated chocolate.

Enjoy your meal!

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