Having “coffee and cake” on Sunday afternoons is a typically German tradition. We have a countless number of different cakes and pastries.
My personal favorite is cheesecake. In Germany, we prepare it with Quark, which apparently is not known in many other countries. It’s a kind of yogurt-like cream cheese. There’s an ongoing debate about whether raisins belong in cheesecake. To me, the answer is: YES, of course!
Some people prefer cheesecake with mandarin oranges, though.
A specialty in Southern Germany, where I live, is “Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte” (Black Forest Gateaux). That’s the one with the cherries in the first picture above. Personally, I find all the whipped cream and the “Kirschwasser” (cherry liquor) a bit too much, but a lot of people love it.
Then there’s Frankfurter Kranz (Frankfurter Crown Cake) with buttercream.
The Dresdner Christstollen, a loaf of cake with dried fruits, is a specialty that is mostly eaten around Christmas.
Linzertorte is originally an Austrian recipe, but it’s very popular in Germany too, especially with home-made raspberry jam.
Then there are different kinds of Zopf (which translates to “braids”),which is made from flour, butter, eggs, sugar, yeast, and often raisins. The dough is braided before baking, so therefore the name “Zopf.” Sometimes, it’s filled with ground nuts.
Hm. Now I’m hungry :-)