Gugelhupf – German cake

Learn how to make a traditional ring-shaped German cake …

The Gugelhupf is a traditional German cake.

Kids in Germany often get them as birthday cakes, covered in chocolate or icing or Smarties. They are not difficult to make – but get an adult to help you! To make one of these cakes, you will need the following ingredients:

  • 375g butter
  • 300g sugar
  • 1 packet vanilla sugar or 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs
  • 500g flour
  • 1 packet baking powder. (You can also use self-raising flour instead of baking powder)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt

You will also need:

  • A large bowl
  • A mixer
  • Gugelhupf ring-shaped baking tin (if you don’t have one, you can use a normal one)
  1. Beat the sugar and butter in a large bowl and beat until light and fluffy, using a mixer.
  2. Beat the eggs in, one at a time.
  3. Stir in the vanilla sugar.
  4. Mix the flour with the baking powder and the salt. (If you are using self-raising flour, you won’t need baking-powder)
  5. Spoon in the flour mixture and mix everything until the dough is smooth and elastic. If the dough is too dry, just add a little milk.
  6. Grease a Gugelhupf baking tin and add in the dough.
  7. Preheat the oven to 160 degrees.
  8. Bake for approximately 60 minutes.
Gugelhupf cake

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Deutsch English
die Butter butter
der Zucker sugar
die Eier eggs
das Salz salt
das Mehl flour
das Backpulver baking powder

Links You can find lots more German cake recipes here. (Remember to get an adult to help you!). Find out how to make pancakes in German! (Video)