9 Easy German Dessert Recipes
These easy German desserts would make Oma proud.
If you were lucky enough to grow up enjoying desserts made by Oma, then you know just how fantastic German desserts can be. Some of the classics include crisp apple strudel, fragrant spice cookies, decadent Black Forest cake, sweet crumb cake, and more. Just talking about it is enough to make anyone hungry!
But even if you didn't grow up with these desserts, there's still so much to love about them. We've collected a few of our very favorite German dessert recipes here to share with you. As a bonus, most of these are really easy to make! Oma may have enjoyed spending all day in the kitchen making these desserts, but we're sure she wouldn't mind if you saved a little time. If you really want to spend all day cooking, just make more than one of these recipes!
Pfeffernusse Spice Cookies
With a name like "Pfeffernusse," these cookies are just too charming to pass up. This is one of our favorite German cookie recipes, because it makes a lot of delicious, bite-sized cookies. The flavors are also incredible, with plenty of sweet spice flavor and a dusting of confectioner's sugar to balance it all out. This is one of those traditional German desserts that's perfect for a casual occasion or the holidays.
Easy Blueberry Crumb Cake
Crumb cakes are a mainstay among German desserts, and this recipe is one we're crazy for. Bright, juicy blueberries are suspended in fluffy cake and covered in a generous crumb topping. You can enjoy this cake for dessert or breakfast (we recommend both).
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Elegant Black Forest Cake
Black Forest cake is such a great name for a dessert, and it's good that its flavors are more than worthy of such a fun moniker! This Black Forest cake recipe is overflowing with cherry and chocolate flavor. The presentation is also terrific, with mounds of shaved chocolate on top. This is one German dessert recipe that you don't want to miss.
Homemade Cinnamon Apple Strudel
Perhaps the most traditional German dessert recipe, apple strudel is a classic for a reason. Biting into flaky pastry, with a satisfying crunch, is one of the best dessert experiences ever. Try our delicious German pastry recipe to create your own version of this all-time favorite.
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German Apple Cake
This delicious apple cake is sweet, crumbly, and perfectly comforting. The layers of fruit and spice make it the perfect indulgent snack or dessert. We imagine it is incredible when served warm with a little vanilla ice cream on top, too! Plus, you won't believe how easy it is to make. It's official. You have no excuse not to make this delicious German apple cake!
Caramelized Apple German Pancake
If you've never had a German apple pancake before (sometimes called Dutch baby pancakes), you're in for a real treat. This delicious apple pancake is fluffy, golden, and filled with caramelized apple slices. Like some of the other recipes here, you can enjoy this for breakfast or dessert. You're sure to be pleased either way.
Authentic German Beesting Cake
If you like baked goods with melt-in-your-mouth texture, then you're going to adore this authentic German Beesting Cake. Made with layers of sweet, fluffy yeast dough and an unbelievably good vanilla pastry cream filling, you are sure to be on cloud nine. Did we mention the crispy, honey-drizzled topping? This cake, called Bienenstich in German, is one you'll make again and again.
German Dessert Recipe Trivia: German Chocolate Cake
Did you know that German chocolate cake isn't actually from Germany? The name comes from Sam German, a man who in the 19th century invented a type of sweet baking chocolate for the Baker's chocolate company. The cake was invented over 100 years later, when a Texas woman published a recipe using "German's chocolate" in her chocolate cake. The apostrophe was eventually dropped, and this American classic was born.
What are some of your favorite German desserts?