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List of German desserts

This is a list of German desserts. German cuisine has evolved as a national cuisine through centuries of social and political change with variations from region to region. The southern regions of Germany, including Bavaria and neighboring Swabia, share many dishes. Furthermore, across the border in Austria, one will find many different dishes.

German desserts

Name Image Description
Nussecken a Shortbread cookie with ground hazelnuts that's cut into triangles and typically dipped in chocolate.
Aachener Printen 100px a pastry and a type of Lebkuchen originating from the city of Aachen in Germany. The term is a protected designation of origin and so all manufacturers can be found in or near Aachen.
Berliner 100px similar to a jelly doughnut
Bethmännchen 100px a pastry made from marzipan with almond, powdered sugar, rosewater, flour and egg. It is a traditional cookie usually baked for Christmas Day and is widely available in chocolate shops around Frankfurt.[1]
Baumkuchen 100px
Bienenstich 100px Literally "Bee sting cake," a German dessert made of a sweet yeast dough with a baked-on topping of caramelized almonds and filled with a vanilla custard, Buttercream or cream.[2][3][4]
Blachindla turnovers made of a pie-like crust and filled with a pumpkin filling
Black Forest cake 100px (Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte) typically consists of several layers of chocolate cake, with whipped cream and cherries between each layer.
Bremer Klaben a type of Stollen from Bremen, Germany
Buchteln 100px sweet rolls made of yeast dough, filled with jam, ground poppy seeds or curd
Buckwheat gateau a speciality of the Lüneburg Heath region of Lower Saxony, consisting of layers of cake made from buckwheat flour and heather honey, separated by a fruit layer using yoghurt and cranberries and topped by whipped cream and chocolate shavings.[5][6]
Carrot cake
Dampfnudel 100px typical of southern Germany, a sort of white bread roll or sweet roll eaten as a meal or as a dessert
Dominostein 100px a sweet primarily sold during Christmas season in Germany and Austria.
Donauwelle 100px a traditional sheet cake popular in Germany and Austria that's prepared with sour cherries, buttercream, cocoa, chocolate and layered batter, like a marble cake.
Fasnacht (doughnut)
Frankfurter Kranz 100px
Franzbrötchen 100px a small, sweet pastry, baked with butter and cinnamon.
Gugelhupf 100px a marble cake or Bundt cake.
Germknödel 100px a fluffy yeast dough dumpling, filled with spicy plum jam and served with melted butter and a mix of poppy seeds and sugar on top
Kreple 100px Silesian doughnuts
Kuchen 100px Kuchen is the German word for cake, and is used in other languages as the name for several different types of sweet desserts, pastries, and gateaux.
Lebkuchen 100px Often sold at Christmas fairs and Carnival.
Linzer Auge 100px
Mohnklöße 100px
Muskazine 100px made from almonds, spices, sugar, flour, eggs and marzipan.
Marzipan 100px
Pfeffernüsse[7] tiny spice cookies
Prinzregententorte 100px a Bavarian cake, which consists of at least six thin layers of sponge cake interlaid with chocolate buttercream, with a dark chocolate glaze.
Rote Grütze 100px
Rumtopf 100px literally rum pot, a German and Danish dessert, traditionally eaten around Christmas.[8]
Schneeball (pastry) 100px a pastry made from shortcrust pastry especially popular in the area of Rothenburg ob der Tauber
Schokokuss 100px Sweetened egg white foam
Spaghettieis 100px a German ice cream made to look like a plate of spaghetti.
Spekulatius 100px a type of spiced shortcrust biscuit, traditionally baked for consumption around Christmas in the westernmost parts of Germany
Springerle 100px a type of German biscuit with an embossed design made by pressing a mold onto rolled dough and allowing the impression to dry before baking.
Spritzgebäck 100px a type of German Christmas biscuit made of flour, butter, sugar and eggs.
Spritzkuchen 100px a fried pastry similar to doughnuts
Stollen 100px a fruit cake containing dried fruit and often marzipan and covered with sugar, powdered sugar or icing sugar.
Streusel a crumbly topping of flour, butter, and sugar
Streuselkuchen 100px a yeast dough covered with streusel.
Tollatsch 100px From the region of Pomerania, made of flour, sugar, a blend of Lebkuchen spices, bread crumbs, almonds, and raisins. Tollatsch also contains the uncommon ingredients pork blood and Griebenschmalz (schmaltz with gribenes). The dough is cooked in meat broth.
Vanillekipferl 100px small, crescent shaped biscuits
Welfenspeise a two-layered pudding, with cooked milk and vanilla sauce and very stiffly whipped egg white on the bottom, and a yellow layer of wine sauce made of beaten egg yolk, white wine and a little lemon juice on the top.
Wibele 100px very small, sweet biscuits originating from the Franconian city of Langenburg in Germany, though nowadays they are considered a Swabian speciality.
Zwetschgenkuchen 100px a sheet cake or pie made from yeast dough or shortcrust dough that is thinly spread onto a baking sheet and covered with pitted plums.

See also

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  1. ^ Frankfurt Christmas Market Retrieved 25 August 2013
  2. ^ Recipe at
  3. ^ Recipe at
  4. ^ Arnold Zabert: Backen - Die neue große Schule, Zabert Sandmann, Hamburg 1985, S. 125
  5. ^ A Taste of the Lowlands - Lunenburg Heath Buckwheat Torte at Accessed on 13 Feb 2012.
  6. ^ Heinzelmann, Ursula (2008). Food Culture in Germany, Greenwood Press, Westport, USA. p. 136. ISBN 978-0-313-34494-7
  7. ^ Broyles, Addie (December 11, 2012). "Relish Austin: Pfeffernüsse, a quirky Christmas cookie and so much more". American Statesman. Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  8. ^ Clark, Melissa (September 21, 2010). "Spiking Summer Fruit in Order to Preserve It". The New York Times. Retrieved September 22, 2010. 

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