Modern Baker Challenge: Viennese Raisin Coffee Cake

Nick Malgieri describes Vienna as the world capital of cakes in his introduction to the recipe for Viennese Raisin Coffee Cake.  Aha:  perhaps it’s not the culture, history, music, and architecture…

Vienna

Wien Austria

 that make Vienna one of my favorite cities–it’s the desserts!

viennese pastries

Only appropriate that I make this cake for the Modern Baker Challenge, given that I have a kugelhopf mold.  (Yes, rather than a bundt cake mold.  I told you I love Vienna.)  I’m jumping around a bit here, I do acknowledge (what’s that you say?  I haven’t even finished the assigned chapter, “yeast risen specialties”, yet?).  But I can’t bear to think of making all those cakes all at once (I just got off the baby weight!) and, less virtuously, I don’t want to wait.

What I found interesting is that this cake is raised by both whipped egg whites and baking powder.  In that way it is similar to the other kugelhopf that I made, which was raised by egg whites and yeast.  I think this gave the cake a bit of a drier texture (I have noticed that cakes in Prague were often dry, and I think it is a result of using a meringue to raise the cakes).  Cakes like Sachertorte are always served with a dollop of whipped cream,

and, while far more modest a cake, I think a similar treatment would serve this cake well. 

After all these fancy photos, here’s my pictures of the cake itself, a good all-purpose cake.  I think you could dress it up as I mentioned above, or with a nice fruit compote or coulis, but as it’s not too sweet and not too fussy you can have it anytime of day.

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7 thoughts on “Modern Baker Challenge: Viennese Raisin Coffee Cake

  1. I have that pan as well and am always looking for excuses to use it as it is so pretty! Your cake looks just perfect! I know what you mean…the upcoming sections are going to be real tests…I am hoping to get this book mostly done before my teen boys are not eating here anymore. Right now, between the boys and their friends, I am never at a loss at who will eat these things!!

  2. Pingback: Viennese Raisin(less) Coffee Cake {ModBak} « Of Cabbages & King Cakes

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