Kugelhupf Cake Recipe with Chocolate, Hazelnut and Cinnamon

Chocolate, hazelnut and cinnamon kugelhopf

  • serves 12
  • Easy

Kugelhopf is a light cake similar to brioche or baba and is popular in central Europe. Make our chocolate, hazelnut and cinnamon version as an alternative to a Christmas cake recipe

Try our chocolate, hazelnut and cinnamon kugelhupf, then check out our classic Christmas cake, snowball cakeItalian Christmas cake and more Christmas baking recipes.


  • butter 240g
  • golden caster suga 420g
  • eggs 6 medium, separated
  • orange 1, zested
  • vanilla extract 1 tsp
  • Cointreau 2 tbsp
  • plain flour 170g, sifted
  • baking powder 2 tsp
  • whole milk 120ml
  • hazelnuts 80g, toasted and finely ground
  • cinnamon 2 tsp
  • cocoa powder 3 tbsp
  • icing sugar to dust


  • Step 1

    Heat the oven to 180C/fan 160/gas 4. Beat the butter until smooth and pale and slowly beat in the sugar. Beat in the egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each one. Beat in the orange zest, vanilla extract and liqueur. Stir in a spoonful of the flour and baking powder, then stir in a little milk. Continue until all the flour and milk is incorporated, then stir in the toasted ground hazelnuts. Whisk egg whites until they form soft peaks, then fold well into the cake batter.

  • Step 2

    Butter a kugelhupf or bundt tin (approx 2 litres) and dust well with flour. Scoop 2/3 of the cake mixture into the tin. Mix the remaining 1/3 of the batter with the cocoa and cinnamon and then dollop spoonfuls on top of the mixture in the tin. Swirl through once using the handle of a wooden spoon. Bake for 1 hour 15 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean. If it starts to look dark on top, cover it with a sheet of foil. Leave to cool completely. Loosen around the edges with the tip of a knife and turn out carefully. Dust with icing sugar.

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 444
  • Fat 24.5g
  • Saturates 12.2g
  • Carbs 48g
  • Fibre 1.8g
  • Protein 6.2g
  • Salt 0.7g