German Strawberry Cake – All Tastes German

If strawberries are one of your favorite fruits, you’ll love this German strawberry cake.
This cake is a great dessert for any occasion. The cake layer is soft and fluffy, and the pudding layer is smooth and heavenly creamy.

German strawberry cake is the perfect treat when strawberries are in season. During the summer, you can’t pass a German bakery without being tempted by the beautiful strawberry cakes on display.

But since you probably don’t have a German bakery right around the corner, here’s a quick and easy recipe I got from my friend Andreas, who owns a fantastic cake shop in Germany.

This cake is made in less than 30 minutes active time and will need about an hour of cooling time.

If you are looking for a German fruit flan aka Obsttorte recipe you can find it here.

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German strawberry cake on a cake plate with a bowl of whipping cream.
How is strawberry cake called in German?

Strawberry cake is called Erdbeerkuchen (m) in German.

How to pronounce Erdbeerkuchen in German?

Click on the play button to learn how to say Erdbeerkuchen in German.

How are strawberries called in German?

Strawberries are called Erdbeeren (f) in German.

Ingredients

You only need a few simple ingredients to make a German strawberry cake from scratch.

Strawberry Cake Ingredients: instant vanilla pudding mix, cake glaze, heavy cream, sour cream, flour, strawberries, baking powder, flour, orange soda, oil, eggs, vanilla extract and sugar.

  • sugar
  • vanilla extract
  • eggs
  • neutral vegetable oil
  • orange soda or sparkling water
  • all-purpose flour
  • baking powder
  • heavy cream
  • sour cream
  • vanilla extract
  • instant vanilla pudding
  • strawberries
  • cake glaze
  • water

See recipe card for quantities.

Instructions

Follow these easy steps to learn how easy it is to make a German strawberry cake with vanilla pudding filling.

Since it takes so little time to make the batter for the cake layer, you should start by preheating your oven to 350°F and getting your spring form pan ready. I like to spray a little oil spray on the pan and place a sheet of parchment paper on the bottom of the pan. This makes it easier to transfer the cake from the pan onto the cooling rack.

German Strawberry Step 1: whisk egg, vanilla extract and sugar in bowl.

In a stand mixer bowl, whisk the eggs, with vanilla extract, and sugar, until light and fluffy.

German Strawberry Step 2: adding oil and orange soda to the bowl.

Then add the oil and orange soda and sift the flour, salt and baking powder on top of the wet ingredients.

German Strawberry Step 3: folding dry ingedients into the batter.

Fold in the dry ingredients gently on low speed with the whisk of your stand mixer or by hand with a spatula.

German Strawberry Step 4: adding batter to the cake.

Pour the batter into the pan and bake for 25 minutes in a preheated oven.

German Strawberry Step 5: whisking pudding cream in bowl.

In the meantime, whisk together instant pudding mix, whipping cream, sour cream and vanilla extract until everything is well combined. Beat on high speed for about 2-3 minutes

German Strawberry Step 6. placing strawberries on the vanilla pudding layer of cake.

Spread the vanilla pudding cream on the cake evenly, and then arrange the strawberry slices on top.

German Strawberry Step 7: preparing cake glaze.

Prepare the cake glaze.

German Strawberry Step 8: ladle glaze with spoon onto cake.

When adding the glaze, always start in the middle. For best results, use a spoon to carefully layer the glaze over the cake instead of just pouring the mixture onto the cake.

Hint: Allow the cake to cool completely before you add the vanilla pudding.

Substitutions

  • Vanilla pudding – If you want to change the flavor of the cake, use chocolate pudding or strawberry pudding instead of vanilla pudding.
Mini German strawberry cakes.

Strawberry Cake Variations

Change the flavor profile with these ideas:

  • Fruit – Instead of strawberries, you can use any kind of berry. If it’s not the right time of year for fresh fruit, you can use bananas, canned pineapple, peaches, apricots, or Morello cherries.
  • More strawberries – add finely chopped strawberry pieces to the vanilla pudding mixture to add a fruit boost to your cake.
  • Festive Look – You can decorate the sides of your cake with heavy cream and chocolate shavings. This turns a simple strawberry cake into a festive German strawberry torte.
German strawberry cake with pudding cream filling and chocolate decoration.

Equipment

You need these kitchen tools to make this delicious cake:

  • 10-inch spring form pan
  • stand mixer or hand held mixer with whisk attachment
  • mixing bowl
  • spatula
  • fine meshed sieve
  • saucepan
  • whisk
  • cutting board
  • knife

Cake Glaze

People in Germany usually buy Tortenguss, which is an instant cake glaze powder mix that needs to be cooked with water and sugar. This is easy and convenient. You can buy these small pouches with glaze mix in European grocery stores or online shops.

But if you can’t find the easy-to-use packages, it’s not hard to make your own glaze. You can find a recipe for homemade cake glaze here.

strawberry cake with cake glaze.

Serving Ideas

You can serve the cake as is, but German strawberry cake is usually served with a generous dollop of whipped cream.

Storage

The cake can’t be frozen, but it will last up to 3 days in the fridge.

Cooking Video Tutorial

Top tip

Before you place the pudding cream on top of the cake layer, add a layer of strawberry jam. This adds even more strawberry flavor.

Recipe

German strawberry cake in a baking pan.

German Strawberry Cake

Angela Schofield

Authentic German strawberry cake recipe form a German bakery.

Prep Time 30 mins

Cook Time 25 mins

Cooling Time 1 hr

Course Cake

Cuisine German

Servings 12 Pieces

Calories 291 kcal

Ingredients

Cake Layer

  • cup sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup oil
  • cup orange soda or sparkling water
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt

Toppings

  • 1 ¼ cups heavy cream
  • ¾ cups sour cream
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 package instant vanilla pudding mix 5.1 oz.
  • 16 oz. strawberries
  • 1 pouch cake glaze red
  • 1 cup water

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 °F. Put parchment paper on the bottom of a 10-inch spring form pan and lightly spray the pan with oil spray.

  • Add the eggs, vanilla extract, and sugar to a stand mixer bowl and mix until light and fluffy.

  • Stir in oil and orange soda.

  • Sift flour, salt and baking powder on top of the wet ingredients.

  • Fold in the dry ingredients gently with a spatula or the low-speed whisk on a stand mixer. Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan and bake for 25 minutes.

  • Take the cake out of the oven and allow it to sit for about 10 minutes. Then remove the baking pan and allow the cake to cool completely on a baking rack.

  • In a mixing bowl, beat together instant pudding mix, vanilla extract, and whipping cream until everything is well blended.

  • Add sour cream and beat on high speed for about 2-3 minutes.

  • Wash strawberries and take out the stems. Slice strawberries.

  • Spread the vanilla pudding cream on the cake evenly, and then arrange the strawberry slices on top.

  • Prepare the cake glaze according to the package and the glaze cake with it.

  • Allow the glaze to set before serving.

Nutrition

Serving: 1SliceCalories: 291kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 3gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonnounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0.02gCholesterol: 64mgSodium: 75mgPotassium: 207mgFiber: 1gSugar: 21gVitamin A: 498IUVitamin C: 23mgCalcium: 80mgIron: 1mg

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