Piernik – Polish Christmas spice cake

This spiced Polish cake is similar to a gingerbread.

Traditionally, this Christmas cake is made in a bread form, but to be honest, any form will work.  Once baked, then layered with plum jam and then can be left to mature for a few days before the Christmas ( it doesn’t work, is gone in no time).

The piernik is one of the oldest cakes, the history goes back to 12 century.

It’s mostly cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg. This is why is differ to the gingerbread.


So here is the recipe. Hope that you will like it.


Piernik – Polish Christmas spice cake
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Serves: 10
  • 150 g butter
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 cup caster sugar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • shot of espresso
  • 2 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp cloves, 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup cacao
  • 2 1/2 tsp soda
  • 250 ml milk + more if needed
  • 2 eggs
  • 300 g flour
  • 200 g plum jam ( powidła śliwkowe) if you cant get hold of these use blueberry jam
  • 150 g dark chocolate ( melter, for the icing)
  1. In a small pot on a medium heat, melt the butter with coconut sugar and honey. Make sure that it doesn’t boil.
  2. Add spices and cacao to your melted mix, and cool it down.
  3. In the stand mixer, beat the eggs with caster sugar, until creamy.
  4. Slowly start adding melted butter mix, make sure is cool, otherwise, your eggs will set.
  5. Slowly start adding flour mixed with soda and at the end add the milk and shot of espresso.
  6. Bake in preheated oven to 180 C for 45min-60min ( until wooden pick comes out dry).
  7. Once cool, slice lengthwise, spread the jam in the middle, put all together and cover with melted chocolate if you wish.