German plum cake (zwetschgenkuchen)

7 servings
15 min
35 min
Very Easy


Number of serving: 7
German Cake : (Kuchen)

1/2 cup butter

3/4 cups sugar

1/4 cup milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1 1/2 cups flour

zest of 1 lemon


4-5 plums, apples or pears, about 2 cups of cherries or berries

2 tablespoons sugar for sprinkling. (or 1 packet of vanilla sugar)


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Slightly spray/ grease one of the following, a standard cake pan, 9-11" spring form pan or a single pie plate 9 to 11 inches in diameter.
  • Combine butter with sugar and eggs stir until smooth. Add milk vanilla and salt. Combine flour and stir with a spoon be sure not to over mix.
  • This cake is easy but too much mixing and it will not be a buttery delicate texture. Evenly spread mixture into your prepared pan.
  • Layer the fruit on top as you'd like in any pattern. Traditionally apples, pears, plums etc. are halved and placed on top plums, "pit side" up.
  • Apples peeled, sometimes sliced core side down. You can brush the top gently with additional butter if you'd like, Sprinkle sugar on top and bake for 30-40 minutes.
  • This depends on how moist your fruit is as well as your oven. Sprinkle with powdered sugar or cinnamon or both.


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