Moravian Sugar Coffee Cake

This recipe has been passed through many generations. It makes a large cookie sheet of light and buttery treats. The recipe has been adapted for use with the dough cycle on a bread machine. Then it’s baked in the oven after rising. Try it once and you’ll get many requests for “Sugar Cake.”

Moravian Sugar Coffee Cake


  • 1 pound potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mace
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 egg
  • 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons active dry yeast
  • 3/4 pound dark brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup butter, diced
  • 1 teaspoon evaporated milk


1 Place potatoes and water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil. Boil until the potatoes are tender. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup water, and mash.

2 Place mashed potatoes, reserved water, salt, sugar, mace, butter, egg, flour and yeast in the pan of a bread machine in the order recommended by the manufacturer. Select cycle; press Start.

3 Spread dough on an 11×13 inch baking sheet. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 1 hour.

4 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

5 Poke several medium holes in the dough and fill with brown sugar and butter. Sprinkle the dough with cinnamon and evaporated milk.

6 Bake in the preheated oven 20 to 25 minutes.


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