Butter Cake with Cinnamon Topping

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    This is a great German-style butter cake which uses yeast for extra lightness. It has a cinnamon sugar topping.

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    Serves: 24 

    • 2 (8g) packets dry yeast
    • 1/2 cup (125ml) water
    • 3/4 cup (190ml) milk
    • 1/2 cup (100g) white sugar
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 125g butter
    • 4 cups (500g) plain flour
    • 3 eggs
    • 125g butter
    • 1 cup (200g) white sugar
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

    Preparation:1hour30min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:2hours 

    1. Butter a 20x30cm baking pan and set aside. In a small mixing bowl dissolve yeast in warm water. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes. Place milk, 1/2 cup sugar, salt and 125g butter in saucepan. Heat until sugar dissolves and butter melts. Cool to lukewarm. Add dissolved yeast and set aside.
    2. In large bowl combine flour, eggs and yeast mixture. Stir until smooth and blended. Pour into pan, spreading dough evenly. Let rise in warm place for 45 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 190 degrees C.
    3. In a small bowl, combine 125g butter, 1 cup sugar and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Mix together and sprinkle over the dough. Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until the top is golden and syrupy.

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    I have been making Butter Kuchen for many years, my german grandmother (nana) used to make it, the only difference between this and the Butter Kuchen I make is, I let it rise in a bowl covered with plastic wrap, then roll it out onto a big greased cookie sheet,cover,(let it rise again), put indentations in the top every 2 inches, then put butter in them, and then sprinkle with the whole top of the Butter Kuchen with sugar, & bake it at 350 deg. Butter Kuchen is absolutely fantastic !!!  -  14 Jun 2006  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    this is truly a great cake to enjoy with a good cup of coffee.Best eaten whilst still warm and has yummy buttery and sugar topping  -  09 Nov 2000  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Yummy. Hearty, rich, buttery coffee cake with almost a bread-like texture. Delicious. A little time-consuming because of the cooling and rising steps but not difficult at all.  -  06 Jun 2000  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)