Recipe courtesy of Olivia O'Neal

Polka Cake

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 1 hr 30 min (plus cooling time)
  • Active: 1 hr
  • Yield: 24 cupcakes
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2 sticks unsalted butter, melted

1 cup buttermilk

3/4 cup honey

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 cups granulated sugar

1 cup sour cream

2 eggs

Baklava Filling, recipe follows

Cinnamon Buttercream, recipe follows

Filo Puffs, recipe follows

Baklava Filling:

1/2 cup evaporated milk

1/2 cup granulated sugar

4 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 tablespoon corn syrup

1 tablespoon cornstarch

2 egg yolks

1 1/4 cups chopped pistachios and walnuts

Cinnamon Buttercream:

2 sticks unsalted butter

6 cups powdered sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Filo Puffs:

Pan spray

1 package shredded filo dough


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line cupcake or muffin pans with 24 muffin liners.
  2. Combine the butter, buttermilk and honey in a pitcher. Sift the flour, baking soda and salt. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the granulated sugar, sour cream and eggs. Add the buttermilk mixture to the sour cream mixture. Slowly stir in the sifted flour mixture until combined.
  3. Fill the cupcake liners and bake for 20 minutes, rotating halfway through. Remove from the oven and cool completely before frosting.
  4. Fill the cupcakes with the Baklava Filling. Pipe with Cinnamon Buttercream. Top with a Filo Puff.

Baklava Filling:

  1. In a saucepan, combine the milk, granulated sugar, butter, corn syrup, cornstarch and egg yolks, and melt over medium heat using a heatproof spatula. Add in the chopped nuts. Bring to a simmer while stirring. Remove from the heat and refrigerate until completely cooled.

Cinnamon Buttercream:

  1. In a stand mixer with the whisk attachment, whip the butter until soft. Slowly add in the powdered sugar and vanilla, along with the heavy whipping cream. Beat until fluffy. Add in the cinnamon and stir to combine. 

Filo Puffs:

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Spray a baking sheet liberally with pan spray. 
  2. Remove the filo dough from the package and, taking 1/2-inch-thick bunches of strands at a time, twist into circular shapes. Place the circles on the prepared baking sheet and bake until golden, about 10 minutes, rotating once halfway through. Remove from the oven and cool completely.