German Butter Cake (using Bread Machine)

German Butter Cake Recipe

This German Butter Cake, aka Butterkuchen or Zuckerkuchen, is often served for afternoon Kaffeeklatsch. Using an easy bread machine method keeps the time in the kitchen to a bare minimum, while at the same time filling the house with such a fragrance!

If you really want to get your hands in there and do all the kneading, check out this German Butter Cake. (That's actually the photo of it!) But if you just want to throw all the ingredients into your bread machine, turn it on and do something else, you need to try this recipe.

German Butter Cake using Bread Machine


    Yeast Dough
  • 2 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 7/8 cup lukewarm milk
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tbsp soft butter


  • 3 tbsp cold butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts (almonds, walnuts, etc.) (optional)
  • 1/3 cup sugar


  • Put all the Yeast Dough ingredients into the Bread Machine pan.
  • Use the "dough" setting and start (usually takes about 1 1/2 hours).
  • Grease a 10-inch springform* pan if you wish a "thick" cake. If you prefer thinner, then you can use a 17"x11" cookie sheet.
  • Once dough cycle is finished, pat dough into pan.
  • For the topping, cut the butter into little knobs, placing them over the surface of the dough, slightly pushing them into the dough.
  • Sprinkle with nuts (if using).
  • Sprinkle with sugar.
  • Cover and let stand in a warm place for about 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 375 F.
  • Bake cake(s) for 20-25 minutes or until golden.
  • Let cool 10 minutes in pan on wire rack.
  • Serve warm if possible!
  • Serves about 8

Looking for a nonstick springform pan that actually works?

This one is made in Bavaria by Zenker, one of the oldest and largest bakeware manufacturers in the world.

There's nothing quite like baking a German cake in an actual German cake pan.

Success ... every time! 

The springform I use most frequently is the 10-inch one. Click the photo to take a peek!

Not only is this a basic yeast dough for this cake, but it works for so many others as a base.

Being that this is made with yeast, it tastes best fresh. However, if you want to preserve the freshness, freeze it for use on another day.

 If at all possible, serve this warm with some whipped cream for a heavenly treat. 

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