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Brasadel (Jewish Coffee Cake)



  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup walnuts plus additional 1/2 cup
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • Cinnamon to taste


  1. Beat together the shortening, 1 cup sugar and eggs.
  2. Sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda.
  3. Combine the mixtures.
  4. Add sour cream and vanilla extractand beat together.
  5. Add 3/4 cup nuts (the original recipe called for raisins).
  6. Pour 1/2 of the batter into tube pan.
  7. Sprinkle 1/2 cup nuts on top, then add the rest of the batter.
  8. Mix 3/4 cup sugar and a little cinnamon and sprinkle on cake.
  9. Bake in 350 degrees F oven for approximately 1 hour.

The family decorates the cake with maraschino cherry halves and walnut halves.


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