Cliché 12 – Aber bitte mit Sahne!

“Let them eat cake.” (As the famous quote, commonly misattributed to Marie Antoinette, goes.)

And cake we shall eat!


Let’s talk about German cake. Your first thought was probably ‘German cake? Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte!”




Yes. The Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte is probably the most famous German cake, but is it the only one? The answer to that is absolutely and unequivocally – no!

Cake is an incredibly important part of the German culture. Although this tradition is not as common with younger people, the daily (or weekend) ritual of ‘Kaffee und Kuchen’ (coffee and cake) is something you’ll find throughout the entire country – whether you’re in München, Köln or Bonn!

There is no official count of how many types of cake there are in Germany. There are some classic recipes which have been around for centuries, however, although the ‘official’ recipes which bakers learn may not have changed, every family will have their own recipe. This means that for every cake there is you have hundreds, if not thousands, of slightly different recipes! That’s a whole lot of cake!




What kind of cakes do they make in Germany? All kinds! There are cakes with chocolate, biscuit bases, fruit fillings, cheesecakes, jam, nuts, cream… you name it, Germany has it!

One thing you will find whilst you travel throughout Germany, is that every region has its specialties – no two bakeries have the same assortment of cakes! We strongly suggest doing a Torten/Kuchen-Reise (cake tour) throughout Germany!


Overall, the myth that the Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte is Germany’s only cake is unquestionably



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