Friday, July 1, 2011


I was shopping for a new shower curtain yesterday and I happened upon this:

It literally off jumped off the shelf and flew into my shopping cart (really, thats how it happened).  The label on it said Gugelhupfe. and most of the instructions were in German.  I can barely remember any of my college Spanish let alone German, so I needed some help.  The minute I got home, I Googled the Gugel. 

I learned that it is a traditional sweet bread made in Austria, southern Germany, and Switzerland.  It is made with a sweet yeast dough and is often times marbled.  They are typically large cakes, so the manufacturer of my cute little pan must have decided that tiny ones would be cute.  I agree wholeheartedly.  The guglehupfe is usually served with strong coffee - so far I'm liking everything about this. 

I decided to try and see if a cake could be made with these darling little molds.  After giving the molds a light coat of non-stick cooking spray, I spooned in lemon cake batter.  I also filled a couple of ramekins and bowls in various sizes. 

I must say they came out of the molds fairly well - a few of them did stick beyond salvation.  After they cooled I drizzed them with a powdered sugar glaze and added dragees to the tops.

Each one is a perfect bite.  My next endeavour was to make a wedding cake style stack of little cakes with a gugel on top.

I love the combination of the big cake surrounded by the tiny ones.

They remind me of little crowns with the dragees on top.

After I snapped this next picture, I noticed an unexpected friend had come to my party.

Do you see him?  Top left of the tiered cake.  Now you see him,

now you don't.  The next time I make these, I will use a sweet bread dough (I think brownies could be a great success as well).  I would love to hear more about gugelhupfe from anyone who has eaten or prepared  them - are there any German or Austrian readers out there?

 Its a beautiful day in the garden.  Blue sky, no humidity, and a slight breeze.  My husband has the day off work for the holiday weekend.  I think we are going to brew up some strong coffee and have our gugelhupfe in the garden.  Auf Wiedersehen!

Having my garden party with
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  1. This cake is gorgeous!!! I had a kugelhuphe pan when I was a child and my mom and aunt would make cream pound cake, so delicious. The pan was very intricately patterned and sometimes if you really didn't butter and flour it well, parts would stick. But really pretty and delicious. But these little ones, oh, I would be popping them in!!!

  2. I LOVE posts that start with things like 'I was shopping for a shower curtain and ended up with a new kitchen toy'... I do it myself all the time! Beautiful cakes, they all look yummy:@)

  3. Absolutely Gorgeous!! I would love to have a pan like that!! Love the larger cake you created, as well as the small ones!! Thanks for the inspiration!! Jina

  4. The name caught my attention! The cake(s) looks beautiful and delish.
    Have a wonderful weekend.

  5. I am a Pink Saturday-aholic and I think I enjoy your posts the most each weekend. I get really depressed and disappointed when I can't find you. But luckily I did this weekend and you have done it again. Your cake looks just like a beautiful wedding cake and it is really gorgeous! I am so glad that cake pan jumped in your cart! Lucky for us all! Thank you for the inspiration again this weekend! Keep creating cause I just can't get enough! Happy 4th!
    Love Tammy

  6. I have seen that mold and drooled over it several times! So glad you have it b/c you made something so beautiful as usual!

  7. Oh my goodness, how gorgeous is that cake??? They remind me of the Laduree cakes in Paris. If you've seen the Marie Antoinette movie,you'll see this kind of cakes in a lot of the scenes. Can't wait to see your creation.

    Happy Tea Tuesday!

  8. love your garden dessert looks awesome

  9. wow, wow is all I can say about this cake...
    Don't forget to add it to our weekly party for our readers to discover.

  10. Wow...that looks beautiful! The name of your blog caught my eye, and I have not been disappointed visiting here...

  11. Lisa, These are too pretty to eat! Thanks for joining my Open House party this week.

  12. Oh how funny....Thigs ALWAYS fly of the shelf into my shopping cart (my hubby does NOT believe this no matter how many times I explain!) I love this pan, how very quaint and I would love to have one myself!
    Bake on and I will be watching!


  13. It looks so beautiful! Love the blog header! Just love your fun post:)
    Great space you got here. Hope to see you on my blog:)

  14. That is really lovely! Thanks for linking it up at Home Sweet Home!

  15. Oooh....I want one of these cake pans. So lovely. Thank you for sharing your beautiful little cakes with us. Cherry Kay