German Plum Cake | Zwetschgenkuchen

May 26, 2022
German plum cake is a popular summer cake throughout Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

German Plum Cake

Zwetschgenkuchen or German Plum cake is also known as pflaumenkuchen or zwetschgendatschi.

A fairly easy cake to bake and this German plum cake is best serve with hot custard sauce.

How to bake German plum cake?

The photos below will guide you to bake a delicious Zwetschgenkuchen or German plum cake!
However, you may find the complete recipe in the printable recipe card below:

Sift plain flour and baking powder
Sift plain flour and baking powder twice.

Add cubed cold butter
Add cubed cold butter to sifted flour.

Mix to resemble breadcrumbs.
Mix to resemble breadcrumbs.

Mix in the dry ingredients.
Mix in the dry ingredients.

Add 1 egg
Add 1 egg.

Mix together to form a dough.
Mix together to form a dough.

Level the dough in the pan.
Fill the fluted tart pan with the Zwetschgenkuchen dough.
Level the dough in the pan.

Remove plum seed
Slice plums
Arrange plum on top of german cake batter
Bake german plum cake

Dust german plum cake with icing sugar

How to serve German plum cake?

The cake is best eaten with sweet hot custard sauce.

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Video on How to bake German Plum Cake

German plum cake is a popular summer cake throughout Germany, Austria and Switzerland.  This German plum cake is also known as zwetschgenkuchen (mouthful to pronounce) or pflaumenkuchen or zwetschgendatschi, depending on which country! :) You can top this german plum cake with some streusel before baking.

Written on 30th March 2011

March is supposed to be the beginning of Autumn, but it appears that summer has yet to take its bow. We are still experiencing soaring 30's temperature.
Some love it but I am exasperated begging for Autumn... The heat, flies, no rain and soaring electricity bills annoys me !!!
The only part of that brings a smile are the Summer fruits ... apricots, peaches, nectarines and plums...mangoes..I love Summer fruits.
This year... we have Plums bumper crop ... walk in any supermarket ... I will see PLUMS... PLUMS... and more PLUMS; all varieties; greens, black, dark red ... some are sweet and some will make your face cringe with its tartness and sourness ...I prefer the black plums..

Plum season will soon come to an end... so I bid farewell to my dear sweeties.. the PLUMS by baking Zwetchenkuchen or German Plum Flan ...
Auf Wiedersehen..


  1. Once a upon a time,when I was in Goethe Institut Kl, one of my classmate made this tart for our coffee break and it was delicious. She also made some apple tart. Tea time was something we looked forward too.
    Since then, I've fallen in love with German bread, cookies and tart. Once the institut organised a Christmas party for the students and the food was mostly german bread and sweet. Ada sekali tu, advanced students dpt jemputan by the Ambassador for embassy party. I remembered eating some german chocolate pudding or something like that. It was very chocolatey and yummeh!

  2. A German cake...very very popular during the plum season :-)) Yours looks very pretty!

  3. Flower,
    Lucky you... :)
    I like your pic... and the gladiator shoes :D

  4. Angie,
    Thank you.
    I find that it tasted better the next day... could be the plum juice seeped out to the crust? :)

  5. Gorgeous plum flan. Love the angle you took the pictures. Beautiful.

  6. Cantiknya the plum tart. I really like the first pic!

  7. Leemei,
    Terimakasih :).
    1st pic yang mana ni... post ni atau post 2009? hehehe..

  8. Hi,

    how come you know german words like Auf Wiedersehen? I am just curious, because you look asian to me :-)

  9. J.Herrman,
    I know few words only... thanks to my German friend.. she thought me more rude words than pleasantries!!! ;)