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How to Make Hungarian Kugelhopf Cake

  • Author: Honest Cooking
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cake 1x


Hungarian Kugelhopf is a delightful chocolate cake, boasting a gorgeous ring shape and a marbled blend of plain and cocoa batters. Drizzled with a rich chocolate glaze, it’s a must try for any dessert lover.


Units Scale
  • 9 oz (250 g) flour
  • 2 tsp (10 g) baking powder
  • 1 cup + 3 tbsp (250 g) sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tbsp Dutch cocoa powder
  • 3.5 fl oz (100 ml) sunflower oil
  • Juice and zests of a lemon
  • flour and butter to brush the mould

For the chocolate glaze:

  • 1/5 cup (50 ml) milk
  • 1 heaped tsp. Dutch cocoa powder
  • 1 oz (30 g) butter
  • 2.5 oz (70 g) dark chocolate


  1. Preparation: Start by preheating your oven to 390°F (200°C).
  2. Mould Preparation: For even baking, brush your kugelhopf mould generously with butter. Dust it with flour, ensuring all the buttered areas are covered. Tap out the excess flour.
  3. Lemon Mixture: Pour the freshly squeezed lemon juice into a measuring cup and top it up with water until you reach 3.5 fl oz. Set aside.
  4. Dry Ingredients: Combine the flour and baking powder in a bowl, ensuring they’re thoroughly mixed.
  5. Egg Yolk Mixture: Crack the eggs, separating the yolks from the whites. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg yolks with sugar until they form a foamy texture. Slowly incorporate the sunflower oil, lemon zest, and the earlier prepared lemon juice mixture.
  6. Egg Whites: In another bowl, whip the egg whites until stiff peaks form. This will help give the cake its airy texture.
  7. Combining Ingredients: Gently fold the egg whites into the yolk mixture, alternating with the flour mixture. Ensure everything is combined, but avoid overmixing.
  8. Marbling: Transfer about one-third of this mixture into your prepared mould. To the remaining batter, stir in the Dutch cocoa powder, creating a rich chocolatey mix. Pour this on top of the initial batter in the mould. As it bakes, this layering will create a beautiful marble effect.
  9. Baking: Bake the cake in your preheated oven for approximately 45 minutes. Check its doneness by inserting a toothpick or skewer. If it comes out clean, your kugelhopf is ready.
  10. Cooling: Once baked, let the cake rest in its mould for about 10 minutes. Afterward, transfer it onto a wire rack and allow it to cool completely.
  11. Chocolate Glaze: While the cake cools, prepare the glaze. In a saucepan, heat the milk just until boiling. Add the cocoa powder, butter, and dark chocolate. Stir constantly over low heat until the mixture becomes smooth and shiny. Adjust its consistency with a bit of milk if needed.
  12. Finishing Touch: Drizzle the rich chocolate glaze over the cooled kugelhopf, ensuring it covers the top and slightly drips down the sides. Allow the glaze to set, then serve and enjoy your traditional Hungarian treat!
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 45 mins
  • Category: Cake
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Hungarian

Keywords: kugelhopf, cake, chocolate cake, hungarian, hungarian food, dessert, baking, chocolate

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