Traditional German Cake (Kuchen) Recipes

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    Traditional Austrian Apple Strudel Recipe

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    Apple strudel looks fancy but, with a little practice. it is not hard to make. Once you get the hang of stretching the dough, you will never want to go back to a thick crust. 

    Inside an apple strudel, you will find cinnamon, breadcrumbs, nuts, and raisins. The recipe has a good filling-to-dough ratio.

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    German Cheesecake Recipe

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    This cheesecake puffs up in the oven and then settles into a dense, creamy filling. Yogurt and cream cheese can be substituted for the quark in this recipe if it's hard to find.

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    German Fresh Fruit Cake (Obsttorte) Recipe

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    This simple recipe is made with a purchased sponge cake base that is topped with vanilla pudding and fresh fruit.

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    German Apple Cake (Wiener Apfelkuchen) Recipe

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    This German-style apple cake recipe features a shortcrust base, chopped apples, and a lemon-flavored cake layer. The sugar and almonds sprinkled on top make a delightfully crunchy topping.

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    German Cherry Streusel Cake Recipe

    German Cherry Streusel Cake
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    This homemade streusel cake with fruit filling is the closest German cooks get to a pie. Here, the streusel crust is much richer than pie dough and is pressed into a springform pan. Cherries or any fruit, especially stone fruit, thickened with cornstarch (Germans would use potato starch) make a great filling. You can even use canned fruit filling.

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    German Whole-Wheat Apple Cake Recipe

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    Using whole-wheat flour, apples and agave syrup makes this apple cake moist but not too dense. This is a simple batter cake made with yogurt and baking soda for the rise. Half the apples are folded into the dough and the other half placed on top in a beautiful rosette pattern. A cream is drizzled over the dough for a type of apple gratin effect.

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    German Butter Cake (Butterkuchen) Recipe


    Instead of making a batch of cinnamon rolls, try this German sheet cake with a crunchy sugar, cinnamon, and butter topping. It freezes well and is perfect with a cup of tea

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    German Black Forest (Schwarzwaelder Kirschtorte) Cake Recipe

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    This Black Forest cherry cake has cherry schnapps, known as Kirschwasser in German, in the filling which gives it quite a kick. You can leave it out if you are serving to children. The frosting is whipped cream, so assemble this cake on the day you are serving it.

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  • 09 of 12

    Alsatian Cake (Elsaessescher Apfelkuchen) Recipe

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    Fresh apples combine with a vanilla-flavored cream in a shortbread-like crust to create a wonderful cake that everyone likes and is popular for afternoon coffee and cake.

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    German Streuselkuchen with Cheese Filling Recipe

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    Three layers make up this cake: a yeast dough base, quark-cheese filling (like a sweet, cream cheese filling) and crunchy streusel topping. It makes a large jelly roll pan-sized cake.

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    German Apricot Cake (Aprikosenkuchen) Recipe

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    This simple batter cake is spread in a springform pan and then topped with fresh apricots before baking. It's great with a dollop of whipped cream.

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    German Sourdough Coffee Cake Recipe

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    When you have ​some extra sourdough starter that is left after feeding your culture, make this sourdough coffee cake which is a bit like sour cream coffee cake in taste and goes with a cup of tea or coffee very nicely about mid-morning.