baba

[bah-buh; French ba-ba]
noun, plural babas [bah-buhz; French ba-ba] .
a spongelike cake leavened with yeast and often containing raisins, baked in a small mold and then usually soaked with a rum syrup.

Origin:
1820–30; < French < Polish: literally, old woman, peasant woman; the cake was introduced into France by the court of the exiled Polish king Stanislaus I

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baba (ˈbɑːbɑː, French baba)
 
n
a small cake of leavened dough, sometimes mixed with currants and usually soaked in rum (rum baba)
 
[C19: from French, from Polish, literally: old woman]

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baba
kind of plum cake, 1827, from Fr. baba (19c.), said by Fr. etymology dictionaries to be from Polish baba.
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For dessert, popular choices are the baba in rum with whipped cream and peach ice cream.
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