Viennese Raisins Cake: simple and elegant

Viennese Raisins Cake: simple and elegant

By 03/10/2012

This  classic raisins cake reminds me of my staying in Vienna a few years ago. There, as you walk through the main roads, you can see fabulous cakes on display in coffee shops windows. Some cafe's are really old and have lots of character and it makes having a coffee there even more special.

This cake should actually have a hole in the middle, then it will be properly called gugelhupf.

It has different variations to the recipe. You can add cocoa, almonds or many other ingredients depending on taste. I made it simple as this is the way we like it at home.

Because of its simplicity, uncomplicated and fast preparation, this is a much-loved cake.  It keeps well for a few days wrapped in cling film and it is best enjoyed with a cup of tea, which by the way, must be English 🙂

Leave the butter out of the fridge for 30 min so it will soften a bit. Then put it in a bowl and stir it in with the sugar, vanilla, eggs, lemon zest and salt until the consistency will be creamy.

  • Prep Time : 20 minutes
  • Cook Time : 60 minutes



Leave the butter out of the fridge for 30 min so it will soften a bit. Then put it in a bowl and stir it in with the sugar, vanilla, eggs, lemon zest and salt until the consistency will be creamy.

Add the flour, the rum and the milk and mix all the ingredients well. Add enough milk so that the pastry will drop heavily from the spoon (don’t make it too runny).

Add the raisins and stir well.

Put it in a round baking tray.

Cook in the lowest rack of the oven for about 1 hr at 170 C.

When the cake has cooled down, dust it with some icing sugar.


Viennese raisins cake

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21 Responses to Viennese Raisins Cake: simple and elegant

  1. Günther Karl Fuchs

    sembra di stare a vienna con questo bel dolce

  2. Mich - Piece of Cake

    What a beautifully simple but wonderfully moist and delicious cake with lemon and raisins!

  3. la cucina di Molly

    Che delizia questo dolce, ti è venuto alto e sembra soffice, dovrò provarlo! Ciao

  4. a bigger family


  5. Catherine

    I love these easy-peasy recipes you can tweak here and there! Grazie cat

  6. Stefy

    wow domani mattina colazione da te!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • lazylauramaisey

      When I was in Berlin a few years ago, I mastered ‘cafe en kuchen’ and ‘pflaumenkuchen.’ And that was all I needed!

      • My Little Italian Kitchen

        wow! That must have been very interesting. I’d love to visit Berlin too! In Germany they bake great cakes too!

      • lazylauramaisey

        It was a great place to visit. I did this secret hotels thing online and you get a 5 star hotel for a really reasonable price. I ended up in the Hilton, right next to the main square and hired a bike everyday and it was fabulous fun! Lots of cake 🙂

  7. Catherine

    Dear Alida, This is an elegant cake. Blessings dear. Catherine xo

  8. Ombretta

    Una torta davvero molto chic e con un sapore davvero buono!!!! Mi viene voglia di mangiarne subito una fetta!!

  9. Medeja

    I am sure i would start trying it staight outof the oven. Simple but so delicious!

  10. Alessandra

    You are right, simple and elegant is often best!

  11. lory b

    Adoro i dolci semplici e con tanta uvetta!! Profumo di casa!!!!!!
    Un bacione e felice fine settimana!!!!

  12. Plates of Art

    Cake and bread are two of my unexplored areas of cooking. This looks delicious!

  13. Gerlinde @ Sunnycvechef

    I love cakes like this, they are so good with a cup of tea in the afternoon.
    Vienna has a great coffee culture.

    • Alida

      Absolutely. I love Viennese cakes and their pastries are really good too.

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