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Moravian Sugar Cake

Yield two 13- x 9-inch coffee cakes


  • 1 package dry yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 cup warm water (105° to 115°)
  • 1 cup hot mashed potatoes
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup butter, cut into 1/8-inch slices
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

How to Make It

  1. Dissolve yeast and 1/2 teaspoon sugar in warm water; let stand 5 minutes or until bubbly.

  2. Combine potatoes, 1 cup sugar, shortening, 1/4 cup butter, and salt in a large mixing bowl; stir until shortening melts. Stir in yeast mixture.

  3. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 1 1/2 hours or until spongy.

  4. Stir in eggs and flour to make a soft dough. Shape dough into a ball. Place in a greased bowl, turning to grease top. Cover and repeat rising procedure 2 hours or until doubled in bulk.

  5. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface; knead 5 minutes or until smooth and elastic. Divide dough in half; pat evenly into 2 greased 13- x 9- x 2-inch baking pans. Cover and repeat rising procedure 2 hours or until doubled in bulk.

  6. Press slices of butter into dough in rows at 1/2-inch intervals. Top each slice of butter with 1 teaspoon brown sugar. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon cinnamon over each cake. Bake at 375° for 20 minutes or until golden brown.

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