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Kuglof is a popular cake in Hungary, "Kugel" in Middle High German meaning "ball" or "globe". It is the Hungarian equivalent for Gugelhupf or Gugelhopf, a southern German, Austrian, Swiss and Alsatian term for a marble cake or Bundt cake.

Kuglof is a big cake, derived from the Groninger Poffert, and has a distinctive ring shape or the shape of a torus. It is usually eaten with coffee, at coffee breaks.

Kuglof consists of a soft yeast dough made with raisins, almonds and Kirschwasser cherry brandy. Some also contain candied fruits and nuts. Some regional Hungarian varieties are often filled with a layer of sweetened ground poppy seeds or chocolate. Sometimes, raisins may also be added.

It is baked in a special circular pan with a central tube, originally made of enamelled pottery. Similar pans are used for making Bundt cakes, a cake baking pan shape in the US derived from the Gugelhupf.

The Gugelhupf was the sweet chosen to represent Austria in the Café Europe initiative of the Austrian presidency of the European Union, on Europe Day 2006.

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