Steinkogler Gugelhupf

February 5, 2008 | Filed Under Austrian Recipes, Baking, Cakes 


On a roll, after making Kaiser Pancakes, from my Austrian cookbook, I decided to try another recipe.  This time, I made Steinkogler Gugelhupf — an Austrian cake.  This was interesting for me to make, since the recipe called for the use of  yeast.  I thought one used yeast only for bread.  Hmmm…  Well, I followed the instructions, used the yeast and watched my concoction rise, before putting it in the oven. 

Instead of one large cake pan, I used a pan with individual cups.  That way, everyone could have his/her own small cake, instead of a slice.  I liked the way it turned out.  Very nicely molded cakes. 

The cake had a interesting taste to it.  I’m not sure how to describe it — a hint of cornbread taste? I don’t know.  However, the confectioners sugar gave it a sweet taste.  I’ll have to ask Angelika how it’s supposed to taste.

In the meantime, a few weeks ago, I watched The Sound of Music (for the billionth time).  If I had to make something for the Austrian family in the movie, I’d make them this cake and hope that they’d like it.   πŸ˜‰

Now, for those of you who are familiar with the film, sing along with me:

Raindrops on roses,
And whiskers on kittens,
Bright copper kettles
And warm woolen mittens.
Brown paper packages
Tied up with string,
These are a few of my favorite things.
Cream colored ponies,
And crisp apple strudel.
Doorbells and sleighbells
And schnitzel with noodles,
Wild geese that fly
With the moon on their wings,
These are a few of my favorite things.
Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes,
Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes,
Silver white winters that melt into springs
These are a few of my favorite things.
When the dog bites,
When the bee stings,
When I’m feeling sad.
I simply remember my favorite things,
And then I don’t feel so bad!

My Favorite Things  (The Sound of Music)  — Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II


Hey!  Maybe next time, I’ll make schnitzel with noodles (what’s schnitzel?), as mentioned in the song, or crisp apple strudel… Hmmm…  It’s one of their favorite things!

Paz  πŸ˜‰



Gugelhupf before I sprinkled with powdered sugar



Steinkogler Gugelhupf

Imperial Austrian Cuisine by Renate Wagner-Wittula



150g (5oz) butter

100g (3 1/2 oz) sugar

6 egg yolks

350g (1lb) flour

approx. 250ml (8 fluid oz) milk

30g (1oz) yeast

2 egg whites

pinch of salt

butter to grease pan

flour for dusting

almond slivers

confectioners’ sugar



Combine yeast, a small amount of warm milk, a pinch of sugar, and 1 Tbs. flour in a mixing bowl and keep warm.  Then melt butter in pan and stir until foamy.  Now, mix in the sugar, egg yolks, flour, milk, pinch of salt and the yeast mixture — stir vigorously until the batter forms bubbles and no longer adheres to the sides.  Beat the egg whites until stiff and fold in.  Grease a Gugelhupf mold with butter, dust with flour and sprinkle in the almond slivers.  Pour in the batter, cover and let rest in a warm location.  Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 340-350°F (170-180°C) and bake the Gugelhupf for about 1 hour, sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar and serve.





The von Trapp Family

The Sound of Music (1965)







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18 Responses to “Steinkogler Gugelhupf”

  1. Paz, your little gugelhuphs are totally sweet and look super good. I’m always enjoying little cakes!

  2. Your small cakes look adorable. I should get a pan like the one you used. I’d rather have one of them than schnitzel. Apple strudel is good too.

  3. I like the song, makes me feel like Heidi :roll: Ok Heidi is in Swiss Alps but anyway ….This like cakes, with yest !! are amazing and looks delicious

  4. Adorable! And your cakes look like little Alps.

  5. These look so cute. I prefer little mini cakes to the larger ones. It does not seem like I am sinning all that much! Lovely!

  6. Oh, Paz. Seriously. You have to stop now or I’m going to hop on the first plane to Vienna.

    Actually. No. First I’m going to hop on the first plane to NYC to get you and then we’re going to Vienna!

  7. Lovely! They look so scrumptious! Send me one? πŸ˜€ I love the photos, too.

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  8. the kugelhopf looks so good!

  9. Hi Tanna: Thanks! I’m enjoying little cakes, too. πŸ˜‰

    Hi Simona: Yes, get one of these pans. It was fun to use. πŸ˜‰

    Hi Sylvia: Welcome! And thanks! Swiss Alps, Austria… doesn’t matter where. As long as you have fun. πŸ˜‰

    Hi Lydia: Ahhh! I didn’t see it before but I think you’re right — little Alps! I like that description.

    Hi Meeta: LOL! I love the way you look at things — not sinning that much. Yes!

    LOL! Ivonne: I’m packing! Uggh! Gotta go renew my passport first. *sigh*

    Hi Joy: I’ll see how I can pack them for the the mail. πŸ˜‰

    Best to all,

  10. They look fantastic, Paz πŸ˜€ ! I’d love to go to Vienna…



  11. These look so yummy! I love the Sound of Music too! I think that looks difficult to make, but you make it look so easy.

  12. Hi Rosa:

    Yes, let’s go! Let’s go surprise Angelika. πŸ˜‰

    Hi Melissa: Thanks! Trust me, if I could make this, anyone can. πŸ˜‰


  13. Paz, this Guglhupf looks devine!
    As for the taste, yes, Austrians do bake with sweet yeast dough. I am lacking the time right now since I am leaving for Italy tomorrow morning, but when I come back I will take the time to compare your recipe to the one I bake with.
    (Btw, I had never seen “Sound of Music” during my childhood in Austria, not even heard of it! Later, while studying in Rome, the Trapp family’s musical director, Franz Wasner, was one of my trusted friends and benefactors (infact, he recommended me for the wonderful job I got right out of school), and I still didn’t know about the Trapp family! I saw the movie finally on WETA! :-)

  14. Espectaculares tus budicitos y tus fotografΓƒΖ’Γ†β€™Γƒβ€šΓ‚Β­as siempre invitan a recorrer New York, un saludo desde Argentina!

  15. Muchissimas gracias, Margarra! Thanks for stopping by!


  16. Merisi! I meant to respond to your comment a while ago and forgot. How interesting you knew the musical director and only just recently saw the film. πŸ˜‰ I look forward to reading your recipe when you have time.


  17. Bohizzle

    Hey paz, nice cakes! I’d tried to bake a heavy and dense pineapple cake using the gugelhupf pan but it collapsed due to its heavy weight :S I’m so excited to try your recipe!
    Thanks for a wonderful recipe!

  18. Hi Bohizzle: That’s awesome you’re going to make this cake. Let us know how it turns out for you. Enjoy! πŸ˜›

    Happy Holidays!


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