You may not associate Germany with having some of the world’s best desserts, but upon closer inspection you can really find tasty and varied after-dinner treats here in western Europe, and narrowing them down to 5 was a tricky affair!
5. Prinzregentorte is a Bavarian torte, which consists of at least six, mostly seven, thin layers of sponge cake interlaid with chocolate buttercream and a topping of apricot jam upon the very last. The exterior is covered in a dark chocolate glaze. Prinzregententorte is very popular in Bavaria, available in cake shops all year round.
4. Bienenstich (or Bee Sting Cake) is a tasty 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. The cake may have earned its name from its honey topping, as according to one legend, a bee was attracted to it, and the baker who invented the cake was stung!
3. Rote Grütze is a sweet fruit dish that is traditionally made of groat or grit, as revealed by the second component of the name. Semolina and sago are still used in some family recipes, although potato starch is today the standard choice to achieve a creamy to pudding-like starch gelatinization. Rote Grütze is served hot or cold as a dessert with milk, a mixture of milk and vanilla sugar, vanilla sauce, (whipped) cream or custard to balance the refreshing taste of the fruit acids. Also very popular in Denmark.
2. Donauwelle is a traditional cake with sour cherries, buttercream, cocoa and chocolate and like a Marble cake bright and dark cake batter are mixed into each other to create swirl effects. Another name is Schneewittchenkuchen which means Snow-White-Cake and gives credit to the colour combination black, white and red that is also mentioned in the fairy tale of Snow White.
1. Black Forest Gateau (recipe in link) has to be the best German dessert around, and perhaps one of the very best in all of Europe! Typically, the Gateau consists of several layers of chocolate cake, with whipped cream and black cherries between each layer. Then the cake is decorated with additional whipped cream and chocolate shavings. Traditionally, kirsch (a clear liquor distilled from tart cherries) is added to the cake, although other liquors are also used.
Honourable mentions must go to Dampfnudel, Schokokuss, Spaghettieis, and Gugelhopf!
Which of these delectable German desserts most takes your fancy?!