German Coffee Cake Recipe

german coffee cake recipe

If you’re looking for a delicious and easy-to-make coffee cake recipe, then you’ve come to the right place. This German coffee cake recipe is the best I’ve ever tasted. The cake itself is moist, flavorful, and loaded with cinnamon flavour. It’s topped with a thick layer of fruit topping that will make your mouth water just thinking about it! 

The German Coffee Cake makes for an awesome holiday treat. If you love moist, flavorful cakes as I do, you’ll love the German Coffee Cake. The cake is made with active dry yeast, vanilla extract and fruit topping. This coffee cake can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or as an afternoon snack when paired with coffee! 

Every family has a few recipes that are almost a part of their character. German Coffee Cake, an old Mennonite delicacy, is an enduring memory of my childhood growing up in the countryside. The difference between this German coffee cake recipe and other coffee cake recipes is that it is made with yeast, which is the German word for cake.

How To Make German Coffee Cake

This German Coffee Cake Recipe makes a dense, moist cake that is perfect for breakfast or brunch. This recipe produces an extremely delicious treat when you are craving something sweet. Add some fruit to your coffee cake when serving and enjoy this great recipe. It’s incredibly easy to make and you probably already have all the ingredients in your kitchen right now! So get started on making some delicious German Coffee Cake today!


  • Active dry yeast, 1 tablespoon
  • Sugar, 1 tablespoon
  • Warm water, 1/2 cup 
  • Shortening, 1/3 cup
  • Sugar, 1/2 cup
  • Large egg (beaten), 1 
  • All-purpose flour (divided), 3-1/2 to 4 cups 
  • Warm whole milk, 1/2 cup

For The Topping:

  • All-purpose flour, 1 cup
  • Brown sugar (packed), 1/2 cup
  • Sugar, 1/2 cup
  • Shortening, 1/4 cup
  • Vanilla extract, 2 teaspoons
  • Salt, 1 pinch
  • Peaches (drained and Sliced), 2 cans (15-1/4 oz each)


Step 1

Add yeast and sugar to water and dissolve. Let stand for five minutes.

Step 2

Combine the shortening, sugar, and egg in a large bowl.

Step 3

Mix in 2 cups flour, milk, and yeast mixture gradually. Combine the remaining flour until you have a soft dough.

Step 4

Knead the dough for 6-8 minutes on a floured surface until smooth and elastic. 

Step 5

Place the dough into a greased bowl, and grease the top. Put the dough in a warm place and let it rise for about an hour.

Step 6

Make a hole in the dough. In a greased 11×7-in baking pan, press each half into the half that has been divided in half. Allow the dough to double in size for about an hour.

Step 7

Combine all topping ingredients except the peaches. Spread over dough. sprinkle slices of peaches on top.

Step 8

Place the dish in the oven and bake at 375° for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.

German Coffee Cake Recipe

Cuisine: German

Cuisine type: Dessert

Servings: 2 Serving

Preparation time: 25 Minutes

Cooking time: 25 Minutes

Total time: 50 Minutes

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