14 Reviews

I am from & live in Winston-Salem & also Moravian. This is a delicious recipe & easy to follow. I have never made a sugar cake because my church cookbook recipes call for mashed potatoes instead of instant. This turned out lighter the Winklers, maybe they use mashed potatoes to make it a heavier texture. In the end this is a keeper. You can't go wrong with the cinnamon sugar buttery goodness ;)

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cokiethebaby March 24, 2015

My sister leads a group of church members at our Moravian Church in the mixing and baking of Moravian Sugar Cakes as a church fundraiser and for eating during our Lovefeast services. So, I have grown up in Pennsylvania eating Moravian Sugar Cake. Last year, we visited Winklers during a trip to Winston-Salem, and I bought one of their Moravian Sugar Cakes. It was moist and delicious, so I was excited to find this recipe online. I've made it a few times and found that I like it better than the recipe that our church uses. (Even my sister raved about it!) I followed the directions exactly... including only using 3 CUPS OF FLOUR. That is all that is needed! The 1/4 cup of instant mashed potato flakes is an important part of Moravian Sugar Cake. I look forward to making this again and sharing it with our local Moravian congregation.

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caklahr September 03, 2014

I grew up in Winston-Salem and going to Deweys for their sugar cake. It was amazing. A few years ago, the jacked up the price and changed the ingredients. Unfortunately, Dewey's isn't quite the same as in the past. I hate to say, I don't think I've ever tried Winklers. That said, on a whim, I tried this recipe. I didn't have powdered milk or instant potatoes. I used 1/4 cup 2% milk in place of some water and ignored the potatoes. My bread mix was wet (very thick pancake batter) but otherwise turned out fine. I probably should have used an extra cup of flour. Overall, the recipe is nearly a match for the Moravian Sugar Cake I know. Next time, I'll use the instant potatoes and powdered milk. Thanks for the recipe.

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fjincanton November 24, 2013

I made a few adjustments and made the batter in my bread machine. It worked great and makes it possible to do more than once a year. Every get together I am asked to bring my Sugar Cake and it's do-able.

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gracesmama September 09, 2010

My husband and I went to Winston Salem, and I just had to find the recipe for their sugar-cake. This recipe is supposed to be theirs but I don't think it is, theirs if very moist and tender...this is a bit more airy and drier. I've made it twice and neither time did it turn out exactly like Winklers, but it is still very tasty. One note on this recipe. You should be adding at least a total of 4 cups of flour...the 1 cup of flour that you mix in the 7 ingredients does not deduct from the other 3. I used about 4 1/2 and it worked well.

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Last Ember March 06, 2010

This is the almost just like the Moravian Sugar Cake that my mother made every Christmas Season. Her's was made with real mashed potatoes. This recipe cuts the time in half and taste almost the same.

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dlantol December 08, 2009

Awesome. I grew up eating this and although it didn't taste exactly like the ones I used to get from the bakery, it was close enough that I practically swooned at the first bite! Definitely worth the effort!

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nfrank62 June 13, 2009

Heavenly!! This is THEE best thing you will EVER put in your mouth!

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Sunnybaye January 08, 2009

This is an excellent recipe. I am Moravian, born and raised, and love these traditional Advent treats. Unfortunately, most people don’t know how to do sugar cake as well as Winkler’s. I tried this recipe and it came out perfect! I even adapted it so that I could prepare the dough in my bread maker.

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merloutre77 November 23, 2008

Thanks much for posting this. I've been Moravian all my adult life but since Dewey's in Winston-Salem jacked up the price on their sugar cake this year, I decided to try to make it myself. This is a great recipe! The first time I made it, I put the butter on before brown sugar/cinnamon. The second time, I put the topping on in the correct order and it made a big difference. This recipe cuts into nice-sized quarters for giving. And in case anyone is thinking of doing something stupid like using FoodSaver vacuum bags to freeze or preserve sugar cake, DON'T, unless you want sugar cake jerky. I'm hoping it will at least make fabulous French toast.... it seemed like a good idea at the time.

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Chef thnkdffrnt December 08, 2007
Winklers Moravian Sugar Cake