Donauwellen

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This is a very popular German cake recipe with cherries, vanilla custard, and chocolate! The Donau is a river, and Welle is the German word for wave.

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Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Additional Time:
1 day
Total Time:
1 day 1 hrs
Servings:
20
Yield:
20 servings

Ingredients

For the Cake:

  • 1 ⅛ cups butter, room temperature

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 5 eggs

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 tablespoon baking soda

  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 1 tablespoon milk

  • 1 (20 ounce) can pitted sour cherries

For the Custard:

  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch

  • ½ cup white sugar

  • 2 cups milk

  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract

For the Topping:

  • 1 ⅓ cups semisweet chocolate chips

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 12x18 inch rimmed baking sheet or jelly roll pan or line with parchment paper.

  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and 1 cup sugar using an electric mixer. Mix in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Combine the flour, salt, and baking soda; quickly fold into the egg mixture.

  3. Spread 2/3 of the batter in the bottom of the prepared baking sheet. Stir the cocoa powder and 1 tablespoon of milk into the remaining batter just until blended. Spread evenly over the vanilla layer. Pat the cherries dry with paper towels, and sprinkle them evenly over the top of the cake batter.

  4. Bake the cake in the preheated oven, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 40 to 50 minutes. Let cool.

  5. In a small bowl, whisk together the cornstarch and 1/2 cup sugar. Heat the milk in a small saucepan just until hot but not boiling. Whisk in the cornstarch mixture, and bring the mixture to a boil. Simmer, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens, about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla. Spread the thickened custard over the surface of the cake and refrigerate overnight.

  6. For the chocolate topping, place the chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat at 30 second intervals, stirring each time, until just melted and smooth. Stir in the oil. Working quickly, spread the chocolate over the chilled custard layer. If you like, you can use the tines of a fork or a cake comb to make "waves." When the chocolate is set, cut the Donauwellen into about 20 squares to serve.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

331 Calories
17g Fat
42g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 20
Calories 331
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 10g 48%
Cholesterol 70mg 23%
Sodium 396mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 42g 15%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 25g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 50mg 4%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 162mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.