13 of my most popular and requested German Cake Recipes in English, with clear photos and step by step instructions for you to bake at home. Guten Appetit!
I have been living in Germany for over a decade now, and in that time I have cooked (and eaten!) my way through loads of delicious German cakes and bakes. While many people associate Germany with beer and pretzels, I think the locals would argue that the true food of Germany is coffee and cake.
The afternoon ritual of coffee and cake (Kaffee und Kuchen) is so dear to the German heart, that it’s not unusual to sit down to no less than three different, delicious cakes for in the afternoon (possibly even as a prelude to dinner). These cakes are glorious confections, ranging from the famous Black Forest Gateau or Cherry Cake (Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte) to the yeast dough Bee Sting Cake (Bienenstich).
What all these cakes have in common is that they are truly, mouthwateringly tasty, and best of all, with a little help from me, you’ll be whipping them up at home in no time.
Below you’ll find 13 (and counting) of my favourite German Cake recipes (written in English) with clear photos and step by step instructions to ensure your German-style baking is perfect every time.
13 Classic German Cake Recipes (in English)
Looking for the best German cake recipes in English? Here are some of my favourite German baking recipes including Classic Erdbeerkuchen (Strawberry Cake), Käsekuchen (German Cheese cake) Versunkener Kirschkuchen (Sunken Cherry Cake) and Bienenstich (Bee Sting Cake).
German Strawberry Cake or Erdbeerkuchen is made from a heavenly combination of soft sponge cake, creamy vanilla custard, and fresh spring strawberries, all topped with a sweet, clear jelly. The most beautiful of all summer cakes.
Perfectly tangy, light and fluffy, a traditional German cheesecake or 'Käsekuchen' is a true baker's delight. My tried and tested recipe works every time and is ideal for serving with coffee or as a dessert.
Sweet yeast dough, vanilla custard cream and a crunchy honey almond topping - it can only be a Classic German Bienenstich or Bee Sting Cake. This most beloved of German cakes is perfect for afternoon tea.
Red Currant Crumble Cakes - or Johannisbeer Streusaltaler as they are known here in Germany are a long-standing bakery favourite. Soft, enriched yeast dough, or Hefeteig topped with a generous amount of tart red currants, sprinkled over with masses of buttery streusel and finished off with a zingy lemon icing is like a burst of summer on the plate.
Buchteln or German Sweet Dumplings are pillowy soft rolls made from a buttery yeast dough and filled with fresh fruit or jam. Sometimes known as Rohrnudeln, my Buchteln recipe is a family favourite. Serve these sweet yeast rolls with plenty of vanilla custard sauce. Yum!
Light and airy sponge cake, filled and topped with whipped cream and quark or yoghurt and juicy, jewel-like strawberries. This cake is a classic of the German kitchen and is the perfect cake for a summer party.
What is this fabulous cake you ask? This is an old family recipe from my German family. In fact, my mother in law makes such a delicious version that I especially requested it for my wedding day. It’s known here in Germany as an Eierlikörtorte, and it’s a glorious concoction of nuts, dark chocolate, whipped cream and advocaat that is seriously moreish.
Zwetschgendatschi, sometimes known as Plaumenkuchen or Zwetschgenkuchen is a deliciously fruity German plum slice with origins in the Bavarian town of Augsburg. With sweet prune plums on a tender pastry base, topped with cinnamon sugar, this Bavarian speciality is a wonderful late summer treat.