Home » Food » By Course » Dessert » German Plum Cake (Zwetschgenkuchen) German Plum Cake (Zwetschgenkuchen) February 7, 2024 by Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet · 278 CommentsAs an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.See my disclosure policy.This authentic German Plum Cake recipe, known as Zwetschgenkuchen or Zwetschgendatschi, is made just the way you know and love it from Germany! A yeast-based cake with juicy plums and a sweet streusel topping, this extraordinarily delicious cake is one of my very favorites and is the way my Mutti and Oma made it! Depending on which region of Germany you’re in, German plum cake goes by a variety of names including Zwetschgenkuchen, Zwetschgendatschi, Quetschekuche or Pflaumenkuchen.
I know, they’re all tongue-twisters! :) Variations exist throughout the regions of Germany with some versions using a yeast dough while others use a shortcrust pastry known as Rührteig. Some have a streusel topping while others omit it. And some people make them round and taller while others make them rectangular in the style known as “Blechkuchen” (sheet pan cake). But whichever pastry crust is used, with or without streusel, and whether it’s round or rectangular, all of these versions showcase the plump, juicy, sweet European plums known as Italian plums.Which Plums Do I Need to Make German Plum Cake? To make proper German plum cake you really need Italian plums. These are small and oval-shaped and are far meatier