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Fudge and egg liqueur kugelhopf cake for Easter

(As Featured in Mar2014 Nourish Magazine)

Since it’s Easter and eggs are its leading theme, it’s only fitting to make a traditional Easter kugelhopf, bundt cake or babka as we call it in Polish.

My first attempt at babka was a bit of a mess – the cake overflowed and baked onto the bottom of the oven.What remained in the tin was still tasty, but a little too dry for my liking. I wanted a moist, slightly dense kugelhopf. So I went searching on my favourite (Polish) and drool-worthy baking blog, Moje wypieki. I had a feeling Dorotus would have the babka recipes down pat. And I was right.

This particular recipe yields a delectably moist cake that will disappear in seconds, if you let it. The boys announced straight after the first bite that they were going for seconds. And I kept drooling over the lovely smell every time I walked past the table.

To make it more festive and on theme, this one is ‘spiked’ with egg liqueur and dotted with fudge pieces, after all Lent is over and it’s time to celebrate.

The batter also works just as well as a cake, slice or muffins – perfect for workplace sharing!

Fudge and egg liqueur kugelhopf for Easter

Egg liqueur is a mixture of egg yolks, brandy and vanilla also known as Advocat or Eier-cognac. It is especially common in Holland and Germany but many Australian bottle shops stock it as well.

Originally posted by Dorotus on Moje wypieki

For the cake

  • 170g sugar
  • 250g plain flour
  • 150g caramel fudge
  • 150g butter, softened
  • 125ml egg liqueur (I used Advocaat)
  • 4 eggs, at room temp
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • extra butter for greasing
  • fine breadcrumbs or quick cook polenta for dusting the tin

For the icing

  • 1/4 cup icing sugar
  • 1 tbsp sweet rum (I used Bundaberg)

Preheat oven to 180C (350F, gas mark 4).

To make the cake, ream softened butter and sugar until light and fluffy using a mixer, this make take a few minutes.  Add eggs one at a time and continue mixing until well blended. Pour in the liqueur in a think stream, mixing continuously.

Add flour and baking powder, mix on low speed until just combined. Add fudge and fold it in.

Grease a kugelhopf (or cake or muffin tray) tin with butter and dust with crumbs or polenta – this will prevent fudge pieces that sank to the bottom from burning. Scoop in the batter and smooth out the top flat.

Bake in a preheated oven for about 60 minutes. If you are making muffins, check  with a wooden skewer after about 35 minutes. Cool in the tin for a few minutes then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

To make the icing, combine rum and sugar and pour over the top of the cake, let the icing drip down the sides.

Enjoy with a cup of tea or coffee throughout Easter and beyond.


Mez April 17, 2011 at 12:17 pm

You take such beautiful photos!!!

Gorgeous post and the babka sounds amazing, I love that your boys wanted seconds straight away – a sure sign that a recipe is a winner!!!

Wholesome Cook April 17, 2011 at 12:36 pm

Thank you! Yes, it’s going straight into the favourites section next to the Ferrero rocher cake!

chocolatesuze April 17, 2011 at 10:16 pm

woohoo more liqueur moreeee!

Trevor April 17, 2011 at 11:04 pm

Well, this looks delicious as well! I’ve got Polish heritage and lately I’ve been interested in getting to know the culture more… especially through food. If I can get my hands on liqueur I’ll give this a try for sure!

Wholesome Cook April 17, 2011 at 11:18 pm

Thank you! Hope you can find the liqueur, the babka is worth it! I have a small selection of Polish recipes here and for sweets I really recommend Dorota’s blog, and use google translate :-)

Heidi - Apples Under My Bed April 20, 2011 at 11:03 am

Oh lady now this is suuuuper impressive. I am in awe. I love the sound of the liqueur…dreamy :) Now I want cake for lunch. Your kugelhopf looks great! So you’re Polish?
Heidi xo

Wholesome Cook April 20, 2011 at 12:36 pm

Thank you, thank you! And yes, I’m Polish :-)


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