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How to Make Kaffe Kuchen Cake

This recipe may take a little time to make but the result is totally worth it. A dish with German roots, it’s a great cake alternative to donuts or bagels for breakfast.


  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup yeast
  • 6 ½ cups flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 egg, separated
  • 1/3 cup water, lukewarm


  1. Bring to a near boil or scald the milk. Set aside and let cool.
  2. Using a spoon or a spatula, cream the sugar, egg yolk, and butter. Add the lukewarm milk, and the flour and the dissolved yeast cake, alternately.
  3. Beat the batter lightly. Add the stiffly beaten white.
  4. Allow the batter to rise over night.
  5. Spread flour over a bake-board. Take out large spoonfuls of the dough, add a little flour, and then roll them into flat cakes.
  6. Grease pie tins and spread the dough in. Leave for about 1 ½ hours or until light and then brush melted butter all over the top and cover thickly with brown sugar.
  7. If you prefer to spread “rivels” on top, combine ½ cup sugar, ½ cup flour, and 2 tbsp butter.
  8. Crush together and then sprinkle on top of the cakes.

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