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What is Butterkuchen?

A moist sponge cake with a crispy almond topping.

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German Butter Cake

Butterkuchen is a coffee cake that has a beautiful moist texture and is topped with a mixture of buttery almond slices.

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German Butter Cake Recipe

German Butter Cake - Butterkuchen

Angela Schofield
4.6 from 5 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Cakes
Cuisine German
Servings 12 cake slices
Calories 485 kcal


For the dough:

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. lemon extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 4 tsp. baking powder

For the topping:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 9 tbsp. butter
  • 4 tbsp. milk
  • 2 cups sliced almonds


  • Pre-heat the oven to 400 F. (If you use a dark baking pan, reduce the heat to 375 F)
  • Add all ingredient for the dough to a large bowl and mix until just combined. Make sure to don´t incorporated too much air. The air could cause a collapse during baking.
  • Grease a baking pan or casserole dish. I use a clear casserole dish 9x13.
  • Pour the dough into the pan and spread out evenly.
  • Add butter and milk into a small sauce pan and melt on low heat.
  • Add the sugar and stir until the sugar is completely dissolved.
  • Add the vanilla extract and the almond slices to the sauce pan and combine well.
  • Carefully top the dough with the mixture and spread out evenly.
  • Bake for about 20 - 25 min. at 400 F. (If you use a dark baking pan, reduce the heat to 375 F)
  • Remove the cake from the oven and allow to cool completely in the pan.
  • Sprinkle with powdered sugar. (optional)

Serving Tip: 

Try variations of this recipe with your favorite nuts or a streusel topping.