6 Delicious German Cake Recipes (Authentic Recipes By A German)
These German Cake Recipes Are Sure To Please You or Your Guests!
Searching for traditional German “Kuchen” recipes? You’re in the right place if you want great German cake!
From rich German cakes to cakes you whip together for a special occasion, there are lots of popular German cakes out there.
You may be familiar with Black Forest Cake (Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte in German), Marble Cake (Marmorkuchen in German), German Apple Cake (Apfelkuchen), and Bee Sting Cake (Bienenstich).
We don’t have recipes for all of these cakes on the website yet – but we’ll try to get it done soon!
In North America, “German chocolate cake” also seems to be a very popular cake. However, unlike the name suggests, it doesn’t actually originate from Germany and Lisa (being German) was completely unfamiliar with it until she looked it up.
Sources suggest that this cake got its name from the baker whose last name was “German”. Whatever the case with this legendary German chocolate cake, that’s why you won’t find this cake on our list.
We’re only focusing on recipes that actually originated in Germany. Let’s get baking!
German Cake Recipes
Looking to bake up something sweet for the family, to serve to friends, or just to indulge in yourself? Try out an authentic German cake recipe for your next dessert!
From sweet and crumbly to rich and chocolaty, we have loads of great German cake recipes for you to try - most of which aren't too difficult to make at all!
Did you know that marble cake actually originates in Germany? It's also a relatively easy cake to make. Complete with a golden-brown crust, the chocolate and vanilla swirls inside make every slice artsy and unique!
It serves well with whipped cream or powdered sugar, making it a popular simple option for "Kaffee and Kuchen" (coffee and cake).
This light and yeasty German butter cake is an easy and classic German cake recipe. It's made from a simple yeast dough - and lots of butter - and finished off with sugar and sliced almonds that brown up to form a crispy, sweet top!
Butter cake is one of these classic sheet cakes that you make when you have lots of people to feed and aren't sure about their preferences.
Since it's a simple cake with basic ingredients and no fruit or cream, it stores well for a few days and is easy to transport, too!
This rich chocolaty no-bake cake is a classic German cake recipe that was popular when Lisa was a child. Definitely not a healthy cake option, Kalter Hund is made from crispy butter biscuits/cookies layered with sweet chocolate.
Served chilled, the combination of crunchy and smooth textures are a delight to any chocolate lover! Since it has to be served right out of the fridge, this cake is best served at home.
While this is not a classic German recipe, it's modified from a chocolate zucchini cake recipe that Lisa's German grandma used to make. It was her favorite cake recipe for years.
Rich and chocolaty yet still soft and moist, this chocolate zucchini cake is absolutely delicious. It's made from finely shredded zucchini (that you likely won't even taste if you peel it) and topped with a creamy chocolate icing!
While the exact origin of lemon pound cake is uncertain, it's believed that it originated in Europe. And to this day it's a very popular cake to make in Germany, too!
This moist lemon cake recipe is easy to make and sure to be a hit with any lemon lover! The simple, drizzled icing gives it a delicious sweet flavor. It's amazing how far a little real lemon zest and a handful of other ingredients can go.
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