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Vanilla Ferdinand Cake Recipe (Video)

Vanilla Ferdinand Cake or roll is specifically an 'unstoppably' delicious leavened dough, especially with frothy vanilla. Simply sensational, I'm not kidding!

How to prepare this recipe

A little history

According to spoken tradition, first appearance of Vanilla Ferdinand Cake took place on March 10, 1923 in Karcag (Hungary), when to the guests were offered Ferdinand cake after midnight at a wedding.  All the guests watched amused, with widened eyes, what could be this delicious and showy cake which were baked in one and a half liter pans.

As it turned out later, Mrs. Mál Bálintné Nagy, the groom’s mother’s highland relative, brought to the wedding and since we are talking about a heavenly cake, named Ferdinand Cake or roll.

So it is no wonder that this cake soon became “in vogue” in the capital of Nagykunság.  The cake first written mention is from 1929 in the study of Wedding Customs in Nagykunság by Mr. Kálmán Szentesi Tóth. 

The Ferdinand cake has become the symbol of Karcag.


Vanilla Ferdinand Cake Recipe (Video)

Cooking method: Baking
Cuisine: Hungarian
Courses: Dessert
Difficulty: intermediate
Prep timeCook TimeRest TimeTotal Time
25 min 30 min 20 min 75 min
Servings: 6 person
Calories: 789kcal
Best season: all

Why is Vanilla Ferdinand Cake so good?

Vanilla Ferdinand Cake or roll is specifically an ‘unstoppably’ delicious leavened dough, especially with frothy vanilla.
Simply sensational, I’m not kidding!

A sweet, kneaded yeasty, leavened dough, which is filled with sugar mixed with butter, which is rolled up, sliced and baked. During baking, the filling starts to migrate nicely to the bottom of the cake and by the end of baking gives a medium-thick layer of caramel at the bottom.

I don’t have to say how soft it will be, does it? Hmmm … unstoppable, I’m warning you! 🙂




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  1. Mix 1 tsp sugar with the yeast and milk, then let raise for 10 min.

  2. Meanwhile separate the egg yolks from egg whites.

  3. Make the dough for Vanilla Ferdinand Cake

    Mix the flour, egg yolks, milk and yeast mix and salt.
    Knead well, then place in a bowl, cover and let it raise for one hour.
    Meanwhile grease a baking tin with butter and set aside.

  4. Until our dough is rising, can be made the filling.
    Mix the room temperature butter with the sugar and vanilla extract.

  5. After one hour of raising, stretch the dough with hands into a rectangular shape.
    Smear with the filling, roll it up, and slice.

  6. Line them in baking tin, greased with butter.
    Cover, and let it rest for 20 minutes.

  7. After 20 minutes of resting, place in 220°C  (425 °F) preheated oven for 20 minutes.

  8. Mix the milk with sugar and vanilla, and pour over the rolls.
    Place back in the oven for another ten minutes, and is done.

    Enjoy, Good Appetite!

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