My kitchen is a german bakery.

A couple of weeks ago one of my colleagues and me were talking about german food and when she mentioned my all time favorite cake, I just knew I had to make it someday. And the next weekend that day had arrived :) So here you go, one of the best cakes ever:


Amerikaner (Americans)


100 g butter

100 g sugar

1 package vanilla sugar


2 eggs

1 package pudding powder (vanilla flavor)

4 tablespoons milk

250 g flour

3 teaspoons baking soda

lemon juice, powdered sugar, chocolate glaze for decorating


You mix all the ingredients together, not the one for decorating though ;)  I would recommend to warm up the butter in a pan to make it easier to blend in. Then you put small piles of dough on a baking sheet and bake them under 10-15 minutes at 200°C.

© Jule Helmke

When the cakes are ready you flip them up side down and put them on a grid. Blend the lemon juice with the powdered sugar to a sticky texture and put it on the cakes.

© Jule Helmke

Let the first layer of glaze dry and add another one if needed. When everything is dry you can put the chocolate on top. I did it the traditional way but you can decorate the cakes as you like! Bon appétit :)

© Jule Helmke

P.S.: I tried to find out why they are called “americans” and found four different explanations 1. it’s a short form for ammonium (baking soda). 2. American soldiers created this cake during WW2 in Germany. 3. A cake named “black and white” came to Germany in the 50s and Amerikaner was easier to pronounce. 4. Because they look like Brody-helmets from WW1.



3 thoughts on “My kitchen is a german bakery.

    • Thank you :) I think it’s the one from ww2 where the american soldiers made the cakes. because i saw that on tv once, but i can’t remember which food they were talking about..

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