Famous German desserts Germany is famous for its abundance of delicious sweets and desserts. How to choose which one you will experience when you go to Germany? It's hard because everywhere you go, there are so many puzzling options! You can spend your entire visit to Germany just eating candy and never try it all.
Luckily, I got to know a lot of great German sweets during the years I lived there. Here are 10 traditional German desserts and desserts that I recommend trying on your next trip to Germany.
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- Popular German sweets
- Bienenstich (bee sting cake)
- Rote Grütze (Red Berry Pudding)
- German chocolate bars
- Fruit pastry is a type of low-fat cheese.
- Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte (Black Forest cake)
- Käsekuchen (German cheesecake)
- Dampfnudeln mit Vanillesauce
- Eiskaffee (iced German coffee)
- Zwetschgenkuchen (plum cake)
Popular German sweets
Bienenstich (bee sting cake)
If you like honey and almonds, Bienenstich will love the "bee sting cake "! There are four layers in this cake:
- Sweet yeast cake
- Vanilla cream
- Second layer of cake
- Crispy almonds flavored with honey and caramel
Oh my god – very good! Yeast cake with cream medium mixed with crispy top layer? Out of this world.
When I was studying in Stuttgart years ago, I would walk next to a small bakery in the corner every day on my way to university. Often, I would stop and pick up a slice of Bienenstich cake (oh, I'd be 19 again with the ability to eat cakes every day). And do you know what?
When I was in Stuttgart last summer I unknowingly booked a hotel next to this bakery! Behold! Unfortunately, they didn't have any Bienenstichwhen I passed. (I later found some of them in the café… What a wonder).
I still eat a German Bee Sting cake when I'm in Germany but these days I also make it at home.
Don't you want to make Beninstić from scratch? No problem, all you have to do is add butter, water and heavy whipping cream and then bake it.
Rote Grütze (Red Berry Pudding)
Are you a fan of raspberries? If so, you will love this traditional North German dessert.
Rote Grütze is a "dessert" made from berries, strawberries, raspberries, raspberries, cherries and red currants, then topped with cold fresh cream (my favorite), vanilla sauce, whipped cream or ice cream.
I first tried Rote Grütze when I visited a friend in Hamburg after moving to Germany in high school and it is still one of my favorite desserts of all time. I do it all the time in the summer
Rote Grütze is delicious on cheesecake, mixed with yogurt or even ice cream.
If you are visiting northern Germany, you may find Rote Grütze on the menu in a restaurant or café but if you don't, you can catch a jar almost anywhere a German grocery store. I always heat it a little (it was first served to me a little warm, and it was delicious topped with cold fresh cream)
But it is often eaten at room temperature or chilled and then topped with heavy cream, vanilla sauce, whipped cream or ice cream It is a perfect dessert!
German chocolate bars
Who among us doesn't think about chocolate when thinking about Germany?
You can spend your entire visit to Germany just by sampling chocolates after chocolate after chocolate!
Confession: I spent five weeks in Germany just before marriage and brought with me an extra bag of chocolate only! That's right, I filled a hand-sized bag entirely with Milka chocolate bars to distribute to wedding guests. At the time, it wasn't easy to get Milka in the United States, so German chocolate made a unique addition to our gift bags.
Two of the most famous chocolate brands are Milka and Ritter Sport. You may already be familiar with them, as you can find both in the United States these days. However, Germany offers a much better range at a much better price. They even have seasonal flavors! For the best choice, visit a department store (such as Kaufhof, Karstadt or Hertie) or one of the largest grocery stores.
For Melka, I would say it's Sahne Creme, Diam, and Caramel.
For Ritter Sport, they include hazelnuts, espresso, cocoa mousses, joghurts, and cornflakes.
When I visit Germany, I have never eaten chocolate (when I live there, this is a different story). Instead, I bring my favorite German chocolate bars to the United States so I can allocate calories from candy to things I can't bring home (cakes, pastries, ice cream…) when I'm in Germany. And then I enjoy delicious German chocolate for a few weeks after I get home.
There is another type of chocolate that I always buy in Germany called Schogetten. I like that their chocolates come in small square pieces, so it's easy to eat one or two squares at a time. I like hazelnuts, yogurt and strawberries better.
Unfortunately, they no longer make my favorite flavor: coffee. That was good. The bottom layer was chocolate, and the top layer was a creamy white chocolate with coffee bean flakes.
Fruit pastry is a type of low-fat cheese.
If you're looking for a quick sweet breakfast or afternoon snack you can eat on your way to your next activity, go to any bakery for quark fruit and pastries! Raspberries, cherries, plums … All of them are very good. The pastries in the photo above were amazing… Unstable sweet pastries, dense quarks, berries, almonds. Quarc really balances the sweetness of fruit with glazing. Very good!
Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte (Black Forest cake)
Perhaps the most popular German cake in the United States, I recommend trying the original Black Forest cake in Germany.
While the main ingredients are generally the same with both German and American versions – chocolate cake layers, cherries, whipped cream, chocolate mulch – the German version usually contains a lot of Kirch drink.
Like, a lot!
Once I got a slice of German Black Forest cake (Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte) at a small café in the Black Forest when I was teaching in Freiburg, and I don't think I could have eaten two pieces of that cake (and that's not something I say a lot).
Käsekuchen (German cheesecake)
German cheesecake is different from cheesecake in the United States. Traditional German cheese pie is made from quark instead of cream cheese. Have you ever heard of quarks? It resembles thick Greek yogurt but is actually fresh, non-perennial cheese.
Quark is very easy to find in any grocery store in Germany, and it is inexpensive. Not so in the United States (not yet, anyway)! When I make a German cheesecake at home, I either make homemade quark or use mashed cheese or Greek yogurt.
Dampfnudeln mit Vanillesauce
When I was in high school, I lived with a German family near Hamburg for a year. During the spring break, my host mother took me to visit relatives in southern Germany. On our daily trip to Munich, we stopped at Hofbräuhaus and my host mother Dampfnudel mit asked for Vanillesauce l because she said I had to try this traditional Bavarian dessert while in Munich.
I advise you to try one too!
Dampfnudel is a steamed yeast dumplings dipped in vanilla sauce. Whether you eat with a beer in Hofbräuhaus or anywhere else at your fingertips
Spaghetti ice cream! Can you imagine? Spaghetti is a must-try dessert in Germany. Almost every ice cream store will have spaghetti on the menu.
The best ones make spaghetti fresh just before serving (the least of them pull one prefabricated from the freezer). Spaghettieis is a vanilla ice cream made through a potato machine so that it looks like spaghetti pasta. Pour the strawberry spaghetti sauce over the ice cream noodles and cover with stains of white chocolate "Parmesan cheese".
Eiskaffee (iced German coffee)
If you're heading to an ice cream shop but spaghetti isn't one of your preferences, try the refreshing and tonic Eiskaffee.
Germany's consumption of iced coffee is a little more decadent than you'll find in the United States. It is a cup of cold coffee (which will be strong and delicious) poured over two tablespoons of vanilla ice cream and then usually covered with a thick layer of freshly whipped cream.
Sometimes iced coffee comes in a luxurious glass and other times it's simpler. But it's always good!
Zwetschgenkuchen (plum cake)
When I think of the German cake, I think of Zwetchenkuchen – a fresh plum cake!
The funny thing is that I don't like fresh plums at all but I like Zwetchenkuchen (also called Pflaumenkuchen). Especially with a large amount of fresh whipped cream and a cup of strong coffee.