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​​​​Meruňkový koláč – Czech Apricot Streusel Sheet Cake

March 25, 2020

Czechs love easy sheet cake recipes! Prepared in a large bowl, all the ingredients are mixed together for a sheet cake.

The fluffy semiliquid batter is the result, which is then poured into a baking dish and covered with fruit. Streusel, „drobenka“ in Czech, is used as a topping.

This is my best recipe for a quick and easy streusel sheet cake. It’s topped with apricots, but you can use any fruit that you have available. It also goes well with plums, strawberries or diced apples.

The batter is incredibly versatile, you can even use it for a bundt cake or as a basis for many other cakes.

Speaking about sheet cakes

Try out my other recipe with chocolate topping and grated coconut:

Baking Soda or Baking Powder?

This batter calls for baking soda. It’s because of the buttermilk that is used in the recipe. Buttermilk is acidic, like dark chocolate for example.

Batters containing acidic food raises better with baking soda than baking powder.

Once the batter is finished, you must put it into a preheated oven as soon as possible. Baking soda loses its effectivity quickly, and a batter left on its own for too long won’t raise. 

5 Things You Should Do Before Baking

  1. All the ingredients must to be at room temperature.
  2. Clean and cut the fruit (let the preserved fruit dry).
  3. Prepare the streusel.
  4. Grease a baking dish and dust it with breadcrumbs.
  5. Preheat the oven to 350 °F (180 °C).

Preserved fruit is mostly used for fruit pies and cakes in the Czech Republic.

Czechs are used to preserving (canning) all the remaining produce from their gardens, both fruit and vegetables. It´s a favorite Czech hobby!

How to Make the Batter for Apricot Cake?

  • Crack the whole eggs into a large bowl.
  • Whip them with a hand mixer set to high speed, while slowly adding granulated sugar. Be patient, it takes about 5 minutes until the eggs turn foamy enough.
  • Add the buttermilk, vegetable oil and flour mixed together with baking soda.
  • Mix for further 2 minutes with a mixer set to low speed.
  • Pour the mixture into a baking dish, decorate with the fruit, dust with streusel and bake immediately in a preheated oven.

The instructions described above are very easy. Pay attention to whipping the eggs and the sugar in the right way! (step 2). A handheld mixer is the most useful kitchen appliance for that.

A well whipped egg mixture is the foundation for a nice, fluffy fruit cake.

Meruňkový koláč s drobenkou – Czech Apricot Streusel Sheet Cake

My favorite recipe for the moist sheet cake topped with fruit. Fluffy and amazingly easy!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Czech
Keywords: Apricot Cake, Meruňkový koláč, Streusel Sheet Cake
Servings: 12



  • 3 eggs
  • 4/5 cup (180 ml) buttermilk
  • 1 cup (200 g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (110 ml) vegetable oil
  • 1 1/3 cup (200 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda


  • 3 Tbsp (40 g) butter
  • 3 Tbsp (40 g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (75 g) all-purpose flour

You will also need:

  • preserved apricots or any different fruit
  • vegetable oil and breadcrumbs to grease and dust the baking dish


  • Preheat the oven to 350 °F (180 °C).
  • Let the preserved apricots dry off.
  • Prepare the streusel: Put the flour and sugar into a bowl and add the butter cut into pieces. Combine with your fingers and create powdery streusel.
  • Grease the baking dish with oil and dust it with breadcrumbs.

Batter for the sheet cake:

  • Crack the eggs into a large bowl. Whip them with an electric mixer, slowly add the granulated sugar (not all at once, as you’d choke up the batter). Continue whipping this mixture until you’ve put in all the sugar; the egg mixture will slowly get bigger, thicker, and lighter. It takes about 5 minutes until the eggs turn foamy.
  • Add the oil, buttermilk and flour mixed togehter with baking soda.
  • Mix everything together with an electric mixer set to low speed. Mix for two minutes.
  • Pour the batter into a baking dish you prepared earlier, lay the apricots on top (you can chop them into smaller pieces) and sprinkle with the streusel.
  • Put the apricot cake into the preheated oven, it takes around 30-40 minutes to bake. Once its surface turns golden brown, you’re done.


You can use any other fruit. If the fruit is sour or less sweet, dust the finished cake with icing sugar.

Did you make this recipe? I would love to hear from you! Please share your opinion or send questions in comments bellow. Thanks a lot!

Happy cooking, and stay safe and healthy everybody, wherever you may be <3

About the Author 

Petra | Cook Like Czechs

Hi, I´m Petra, a Czech mom of 2 hungry teenagers. With the help of my older son I want to share here best authentic Czech recipes. Enjoy flavors of the Czech cuisine!

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