Austrian Steamed Chocolate Cake

Today I am going to share with you the recipe for ‘Mohr im Hemd’ which is an Austrian dessert and my personal all-time favourite! It consists of chocolate, walnuts, and other ingredients and is cooked in water similar to the English Christmas pudding.

In Austria this dessert can be savoured in restaurants and coffee houses but I will share with you this recipe and you will be able to do it yourself – just try it – it is absolutely worth it!

According to my dear friend Wikipedia, there was a controversy about the name Mohr im Hemd,” the Mohr being an outdated term for people with dark skin. Im Hemd (literally “in a shirt”) refers to the (white) cream covering the chocolate cake.”

Recipe for Mohr im Hemd

(I use a Gugelhupf or as we call it here a Bundt cake mould)


  • 100 g softened butter,
  • 120 g icing sugar,
  • vanilla,
  • 5 egg yolks,
  • 2 soup spoons of Amaretto (if you want to),
  • salt,
  • 100 g melted chocolate (the darker the better, I always use 72%),
  • 120 g ground walnuts,
  • 5 egg whites,
  • 30 g breadcrumbs,
  • 30 g of plain flour.
  • For the icing:
  • 120 g melted chocolate.
  • For serving 250 g of whipping cream, some sugar.
  • For the mould you will need butter and breadcrumbs

Butter your mould and dust the inside with breadcrumbs so that the dough mix doesn’t stick once cooked.

Mix the softened butter, icing sugar, vanilla, Amaretto and salt together and add the egg yolks one by one, then add the melted chocolate and the walnuts.

Beat the egg whites until stiff. Mix the breadcrumbs and flour and lift very carefully under the dough mix together with the egg whites. Please, please do this very carefully and by hand as otherwise your mix will flatten and will not be soft and fluffy.

Fill the mix into the mould up to ¾.

Prepare a big pot with boiling water and place the mould into it. Close the lid and let it simmer gently for about 50 – 60 minutes.

Then lift it gently out of the water, let it stand for a couple of minutes and then take it out of the mould.

For the icing just pour the melted chocolate over the top.

Serve warm with lightly sweetened whipped cream.

Tip: This cake can be prepared in advance and frozen. When you want to serve it defrost and reheat gently. It is ideal as it takes pressure off the preparations on the day of your dinner party.

You can make this cake in individual portions or as one big cake to share.

If you have enjoyed this recipe subscribe to the Blog for more recipes!

3 thoughts on “Austrian Steamed Chocolate Cake

    1. Bonsoir Malika. Vous pouvez faire le gâteau dans n’importe quel moule, le moule traditionnel de Kougloff ou bien dans des mini moules à Kougloff ou encore dans des moules à muffins. Je l’ai même déjà fait dans un moule à cake. Pas besoin d’acheter neuf. Excellente soirée !

Leave a Reply