German "Wheel Cakes" Doughnuts

German "Wheel Cakes" Doughnuts

German Wheel Cakes Doughnuts
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These German "Wheel Cakes" Doughnuts are an old country treat best served warm. Welcome guests into your home with these light, sweet little cakes that melt on your tongue. Sweetened with cinnamon and dusted with sugar, these deep-fried treats are known by various named by many German mothers! Call them wheel cakes, bowties, umgedrehte hosen, raederkuchen, durchgeschlupfte hosen -- whatever you name these homemade doughnuts, they'll definitely be remembered fondly.

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Do you know where the name wheel cakes came from? I get that these are a German dessert treat, but I was wondering what made someone call them wheel cakes. It sounds like like this dessert has been around for centuries. This must be something passed down for generations to the younger family members.

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