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German Butter Cake

German Butter Cake is a yeasted sheet cake is also known as butterkuchen. It’s a classic German sweet cake recipe that has a gooey buttery topping and a sweet, chewy, base all dusted with powdered sugar.

German Butter Cake

I know why you’re here. You saw the words “butter cake” and that’s all it took. I feel you. BUT this is actually a VERY different kind of recipe than I am used to making…in the coolest way possible.

Full disclosure, I am not German in any way…so I certainly hope this is authentic. But you know, authentic or not, it’s delicious…which really is the most important. The base is a chewy, yeast cake, and the topping is an ooey-gooey, buttery layer, that gets crunchy on top when baked, but stays gooey on the inside!

German Butter Cake

Oh, and you should absolutely top it with powdered sugar.

I’ve teamed up with my friends over at Imperial Sugar on this one, so for the FULL RECIPE hop on over to their site!

German Butter Cake

I can compare this to a sweet danish-type pastry, so grab a cup of coffee or hot tea and enjoy!

Hop over to Imperial Sugar for the FULL RECIPE.

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5 comments on “German Butter Cake”

  1. I grew up in a neighborhood in Philadelphia settled by Germans and this is the cake of my childhood! As the old bakers are passing away and the independent Bakeries are closing, I was sad to think I would never have this again. Any recipes I’ve found use a regular cake (or, heaven forbid, a mix!!) and it most definitely must be a yeast cake. Yours is the authentic butter cake.
    I’m looking forward to making this and introducing it to my grandchildren. Thanks so much for sharing!

  2. Akanshu jamwal

    , it’s pretty, authentic Butter cake has no eggs within the topping simply butter, sugar and cream. and sliced almonds on prime, that provides it a pleasant crunch and texture.

  3. German here, it looks lovely, authentic Butterkuchen has no eggs in the topping just butter, sugar and cream. Plus sliced or sliverd almonds on top, which give it a nice crunch and texture.

  4. Butter and cake it absolutely the reason I clicked. #noshame
    I have never heard of a recipe like this so I am curious! Looks fantastic.

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