Moravian Sugar Cake

sugar cake

Moravian sugar cake – a yeasty dough cake (resembles more of a light bread) with cinnamon sugar  as topping and drizzled with melted butter. Moravians are a cultural group stemming from the Czech provinces of Bohemia and Moravia. Way back, they are a Slavic ethnic group who speak various dialects of Czech. Their brand of christianity is of Lutheran or in the later years known as the Moravian Church. In the USA, many of them in fact came from Germany (where they moved to for religious freedom ) as they migrated during the 18th century as part of the missionary movement. Many of these German born Moravians hence settled in Pennsylvania and North Carolina. They have also settled all over Europe.

The recipe taken and adapted from Richard Sax’s Classic Desserts .


  • 2 packages of dry active yeast
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon of sugar or 2 tablespoon of honey
  • 1/4 cup lukewarm milk
  • 3 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup mashed cook potatoes
  • 6 tbp butter , unsalted – melted and cooled
  • 2 large eggs
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup of milk

Topping = 1/2 cup light brown sugar + 1 teaspoon of cinnamon (ground) , 1/4 cup of unsalted butter , melted and cooled.

Sprinkle 2 pkg. Dry yeast (2x7g) and 1 tablespoon of  sugar or the honey onto 1/4 cup warm milk. When yeast begins to foam add 1/4 cup sugar , 1 1/2 cup flour, ½ cup mashed potatoes left over, 6 tablespoon of melted butter cooled slightly, 2 large eggs , ¾ teaspoon salt and 1/4 cup of milk.

Beat 2 minutes on medium speed of electric mixer with dough hook. Very sticky mixture

Add 1 1/2 cups flour and knead until dough is smooth about 5 mins.  Place the dough in a buttered bowl, turn to coat all sides.  Cover and let rise until double (1 hour).

Beat down and let rise again ½ hour. Stir down and spread in shallow pan greased well 11x 12 inches.

Let rise `til double. Spread evenly over top: a mixture of 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed and 1 teaspoon cinnamon.

Make shallow indentations with fingertips and drizzle with 1/4 cup butter which has been melted and cooled. Bake 375°F or 180°C for 15 minutes or until golden brown.

 Serve warm.

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