Mock Moravian Sugar Cake

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My grandmother made this frequently in my youth. Simple ingredients, and it tastes just like Moravian sugar cake without all the fuss! Don't forget to add the can of beer (any brand)!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
1 11x17-inch cake


  • 4 cups baking mix (such as Bisquick ®)

  • ½ cup dry potato flakes

  • ¼ cup white sugar

  • ¼ cup nonfat dry milk powder

  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can or bottle beer

  • 2 large eggs

  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 1 cup margarine

  • 2 cups brown sugar

  • 1 ¼ teaspoons ground cinnamon


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease an 11x17-inch jelly roll pan.

  2. Mix baking mix, potato flakes, sugar, and milk powder together in a bowl. Add beer, eggs, and oil. Mix well and pour into the prepared pan.

  3. Melt brown sugar, margarine, and cinnamon together in a saucepan over low heat until sugar dissolves. Pour half of the mixture over the cake batter.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes. Turn oven temperature to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C). Pour remaining brown sugar mixture over cake, covering the entire surface. Return to the oven and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 10 minutes more.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

262 Calories
13g Fat
35g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 262
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 16%
Saturated Fat 3g 13%
Cholesterol 16mg 5%
Sodium 359mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 35g 13%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 21g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 1mg 5%
Calcium 68mg 5%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 97mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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