German Cherry Streusel Cake Recipe (with CHOCOLATE Streusel!)
Flour, Sugar, Butter, Eggs. The basic building blocks of most cakes and pastries. The infinite variations, combined with a few flavorful additions, never cease to amaze me. Like this recipe for a Kirsch Streusel Kuchen (German Cherry Streusel Cake Recipe) with both CHOCOLATE and vanilla Streusel that I stumbled across in the 2018 Lisa Kochen & Backen. Those four basic ingredients… with the addition of a few tablespoons of cocoa, some sour cherries, and a bit of vanilla… come together in a cake that my family requests over and over. Be aware that this cake is sweeter than your average German Cake recipe. And since there is quite a bit of butter, so it’s RICH (and oh so yummy). Could be why the kids like it so much…. Fortunately, the fruit cuts some of the sweet (but not TOO much of the sweetness). There are no complaints in my house (or from the taste testers across the street).
German Cherry Streusel Cake (with chocolate!)
The cake comes together simply. First make the vanilla streusel…. then make the chocolate streusel. (This is different from a Marmorkuchen, where you make all of the batter, take off half, then add chocolate to the second half…. although, I guess you COULD do that here). Both the base and top of the cake are streusel (one pressed, one just sprinkled on). And of course, cherries in the middle. If you can’t find cherries, you can substitute apricots. If you can’t find either… just make it plain or use jam. (I’ve even tried it with some chocolate chips, but one piece was so rich, I had to lie down for a while). Making the cake doesn’t even require a mixer! Just cut the butter into the dry ingredients! What could be simpler?
The “pattern” for the chocolate/vanilla streusel really isn’t a set pattern… you can toss it together however you like. I can’t imagine that it will ever look the same way twice, but that’s half the fun!
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See the German Cherry Streusel Cake Assembly here
Then press them in to the base.
Top with Cherries (or apricots or jam)
Top with the rest of the Streusel…. alternate chocolate and vanilla…
make a pattern if you like or go with random sprinkles
Bake 30 minutes at 390°F
Remove from oven… cool on a rack. After 10 minutes, remove the springform edge to let cool completely
Slice and enjoy!