Russian Easter. Kulich

 Today is Paskha (Easter) in Russia, it’s a bright and warm festival that is celebrated among Orthodox Christians. Traditional and famous treats for this day are the colored eggs, kulichi, and paskha (in my next post). During this day we congratulate each other and say ‘Христос Воскресе’ which means Christ is risen, and the reply is ‘Воистину Воскресе’ – indeed hi is risen.Easter cake-Kulich
 Kulich is a special Easter sweet cake/bread which usually has a cylindrical shape and decorated with white icing. It’s made from rich yeast dough; raisins, currants or candied fruits can be added. Traditionally kulichi have a cylindrical shape, and some Russian housewives use empty tins from pea or beans for that purpose. After baking and cooling kulichi is glazed with white icing (egg white or water with sugar) and decorated with edible sugar beads, flowers, and thin candles. Kulichi and died eggs can be also blessed in church; a part of Easter treats usually is leaved in church for poor people.Kulich- Russian Easter cake

Kulich recipe {Russian Easter cake}

  • Servings: 2 pieces
  • Difficulty: moderate
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I used large eggs. Egg for the glazing needs to be very fresh.
The dough should be soft, but if needed add more flour.


350g plain flour

5-6g yeast
small pinch of salt
130ml milk, warm
1 egg
1 egg yolk
80g white sugar (or 90-100g to make it sweeter)
1 tsp vanilla extract or vanilla sugar
50g butter, very soft but not melted
60g raisins (golden)
60g currants (dark)
1 egg white
150-160g icing sugar
1 tsp lemon juice
Sprinkles for decorating
Preparation method
  1. In a large mixing bowl, sift 100g of flour, add salt, yeast, warm milk and stir to combine. Cover with a wet kitchen towel and let it rise for 30 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk a whole egg, egg yolk, vanilla and sugar with a hand or electric mixer for 2-3 minutes until pale. Add egg mixture and butter to the dough, mix to combine. Sift the remaining flour and knead to combine. Cover again with a wet kitchen towel and let it rise for 30-40 minutes.
  3. Wash raisins and currants, blot it up with a paper towel, sprinkle with a teaspoon of flour – you need to cover all raisins with some flour, it allows them to be evenly distributed throughout the dough. Add raisins and currants to the dough, mix into the dough. Cover with a wet kitchen towel and let it rise for 60 minutes.
  4. Line baking pans with baking paper, grease with butter. Divide the dough between two baking pans, the dough should occupy 1/3-1/2 of the volume (because it will rise very high during baking) of the volume. Cover and let it rise for 20-30 minutes.
  5. Bake in preheated 100C oven for 10 minutes, then in 180C for 30 minutes or until the toothpick inserted into it gets back dry. If the top becomes too golden – cover kulichi with a piece of foil or baking pepper.
  6. Take out of the oven, let it completely cool.
  7. For the icing, whisk the egg white with few tablespoons of sugar and lemon juice until well combined. Or beat it with an electric mixer on a low speed. Gradually add more sugar and whisk again. Keep adding sugar until you get the desired consistency (not too liquid).
  8. Spread the icing on top of each kulich with a tablespoon. Add sprinkles. Let it dry.


Cover kulichi in the foil and keep in the fridge for up to 3-4 days.

Russian Easter sweet cake -kulich


  1. Cecilia says:

    When I used to learn Russian language, I heard of this recipe Kulich. It must taste so good, and your pictures just prove it. Thanks for sharing.

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