Gugelhupf, Bundt cake, Guglhupf Sticky post

A Kaiser, his mistress and a Gugelhupf

One wonders if you have a genuine “Kaisergugelhupf” (Emperor bundt cake) on your plate at the Café. Only bakers and baking enthusiasts, who do a little research would be familiar with the true consistency of the dough. After all, we know there are many different variations on the internet, and there is very large collections of fake recipes among them. The difference is very simple, … Continue reading A Kaiser, his mistress and a Gugelhupf

Apple puff pastry roses

Easy, tasty and pretty, Apple Rose Cup Cakes

These Apple Rose Cub Cakes or muffins are beautiful to look at, simply made with store bought puff pastry dough and fresh apples. These cup cakes are not only pretty, they also taste uniquely delicious. The fruity-sweet taste of the apples goes perfectly with the dough. Puff pastry sheets can be bought at the freezer isle in the grocery store. I was lucky to find … Continue reading Easy, tasty and pretty, Apple Rose Cup Cakes

Banana Walnut bread

Banana Walnut Bread

This American banana bread (cake) recipe is for great use when you have over-ripe bananas in the house. Can be made with or without nuts, although Hazelnuts would be a good substitute. Continue reading Banana Walnut Bread

Sandkuchen, German vanilla pound cake

Sandkuchen, a German Pound Cake

Sandkuchen, as the name says, is a dry version compared to the American pound cake. It’s made with lots of butter and eggs, although the butter can be replaced with oil to make it moist. Another recipe you might like is my French lemon cake (Cake au Citron) The most popular Gugelhupf form can be ordered here Can be covered with powdered sugar or a … Continue reading Sandkuchen, a German Pound Cake

Sacher Torte, Hotel Sacher

A teenager named Sacher created a famous Torte

A couple years back I had this Torte at the original Sacher Hotel Cafe while in Vienna. This cake has an interesting history. Prince Metternich of Austria asked his court kitchen to create a special dessert for a reception in 1832. The chef was sick that day, so the 16-year-old apprentice Franz Sacher (1816-1907) dreamed something up: and thus the original Sacher-Torte was born. On … Continue reading A teenager named Sacher created a famous Torte

Käsesahne Cream cake, Käsesahne Torte mit Mandarinen Sticky post

Käsesahne Torte, or Cream Cake

One of my favorite Cakes or Tortes when sitting at a street cafe in Germany. It’s a little challenging for a beginner, but it’s worthwhile and tastes great! Best to start planning and preparing the cake 2 to 3 days before. The Cake bottom needs to be baked the day ahead and Cream topping should rest in the refrigerator approximately 12 hours to get firm Continue reading Käsesahne Torte, or Cream Cake

Apfelschlipfkuchen, Sunken Apple cake

Apfelschlupfkuchen (Sunken Apple Cake)

I remember my very first cake I baked when I was eight. It was a Sunken Apple cake and I was so delighted. I remember carrying the apple cake outside to the garage to show to my dad. A proud moment I will never forget.  Continue reading Apfelschlupfkuchen (Sunken Apple Cake)

German Plum Cake, Zwetschgenkuchen

Zwetschgenkuchen or Plum cake

Perfect to accompany an afternoon coffee is the Zwetschgenkuchen. You can find or pick plums from June till late September when they are ripe. In the US you can buy this oval purple fruit in some stores, they are called Italien plums. This recipe is made with a yeast dough on a rectangular sheet cake pan. Streusel makes this cake complete Continue reading Zwetschgenkuchen or Plum cake