Are you interested in German cakes but you are not quite experienced in baking? Or do you love the German cakes as they are served in Germany but can't find the right cake ingredients in the USA? Or maybe you just want the enjoy an authentic German cake that is easy to bake?
Let me assure you, there is a solution because you are not alone. Some people might say that baking mixes are not good, that they are no substitute for the real home made cake but, even experienced bakers will use sometimes baking mixes - there's absolutely nothing wrong about it.
There are two major brands in Germany that manufacture high quality baking mixes: Dr. Oetker and Kathi. Both companies are on the market since a long time and I would call them as reliable and trustworthy when it comes to baking mixes.
I personally love these baking mixes because they are simple, Made in Germany and are not containing any bad ingredients.
This is for example the ingredient list of a popular US chocolate cake baking mix (I don't want to say that it is from Betty Crocker).
Enriched Flour Bleached (wheat flour, niacin, iron, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), Sugar, Cocoa Processed with Alkali (red Dutched and dark Dutched), Corn Syrup, Chocolate Chips (sugar, chocolate liquor, cocoa butter, soy lecithin, artificial flavor [vanillin]), Leavening (baking soda, monocalcium phosphate, sodium aluminum phosphate). Contains 2% or less of: Corn Starch, Modified Corn Starch, Palm Oil, Carob Powder, Propylene Glycol Mono and Diesters of Fatty Acids, Distilled Monoglycerides, Salt, Dicalcium Phosphate, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Xanthan Gum, Cellulose Gum, Artificial Flavor.
The Kathi Chocolate Baking Mix has following ingredients:
Baking Mix: Wheat flour, sugar, raising agents (disodium diphosphate, sodium bicarbonate), flavoring, table salt. 4.3% cocoa
Grated chocolate 8.7% (minimum 32% cocoa), sugar, cocoa
Cocoa Glaze (10,9 %): vegetable fat, hardened (palm), sugar, highly de-oiled cocoa, emulsifier sunflower lecithin, flavoring (contains lactose)
Do you see the difference?
The German Baking Mixes are
- 100% NON GMO
- Not overly sweet
- No artificial flavors
- Not containing any corn ingredients and
- No high fructose syrup or artificial sweeteners
Find them in the Baking Mix Collection of LoveGermanFood.com
5 German Baking Mixes for Baking Beginners
1. Poppyseed Strudel Baking Mix
Ground poppy seed are hard to find in the USA. You need to grind them as the German recipes are asking for ground ones. This baking mix from Kathi has it all, you just add some fresh ingredients. Makes an authentic poppyseed strudel as we make it in Germany!
2. German Chocolate Cake Baking MixWho can resits a chocolate cake? This baking mix will reveal a chocolate pound cake with a chocolate frosting on top. Super delicious! You need a pound cake form and a hand mixer, plus some fresh ingredients.
3. German Marble Cake Baking MixThe marble cake is a German classic cake and is ideal for someone who just wants to start baking. Dry ingredients are nicely packaged, you would just add some fresh ones. You would need a hand mixer and a bowl.
4. German Nusskuchen - Hazelnut Cake Baking MixNot many supermarkets carry ground hazelnuts, you can buy them online or use this German hazelnut baking mix. You will be surprised how delicious this cake is. You need a pound cake form, a hand mixer and some fresh ingredients.
5. Mandarin Schmandkuchen Baking MixSchmand is a popular German dairy product and sour cream would be the substitute for it. The mandarines are from the can, just add some eggs and butter. That's it. You need a 10 inches spring form, a hand mixer and some fresh ingredients. See the video below showing how to make this cake.