Chocolate Cookie Cake – German Cake Kalter Hund

The chocolate cookie cake or “Kalter Hund – Kalte Schnauze” or “Zebra Cake” used to be the brithday cake of mine and I am sure of many other children.
This chocolate cookie cake is rich and creamy, and pure chocolate. It is a delightful combination of chocolate and butter cookies (you must use the ones from Leibniz). And you don’t even bake it, as the cake will be kept in the fridge for some hours. Other names for this cake are “Zebra Cake” or “Cookie Cake”. Some call it “Cold Snout” because it is kept in the fridge for hours before served, so it is very cold, like the dogs snout.

In Germany we are using the famous cooking oil Palmin. It is not available in the USA but you can use any coconut oil that is neutral in taste. This is important. It needs to be refined coconut oil without the typical coconut taste. The following recipe is the original recipe from a 1960 cookbook! Happy Baking!

chocolate cookie cake


Ingredients Chocolate Cookie Cake

3 eggs
125g powdered sugar
1 sachet vanilla sugar (Dr Oetker), 0.3 oz – How to make Vanilla Sugar –
100g cocoa powder (unsweetened)
300 g coconut oil, expeller pressed, taste neutral
1 tbsp rum or rum flavor
35-50 butter cookies from Bahlsen or Leibniz ( see below), 2 packages

german butter cookies
Use these cookies to make the cake

Cooking Instructions Chocolate Cookie Cake

– Melt coconut oil , let cool off a bit by removing it from stove.
– Combine it with powdered sugar, cocoa, rum and eggs.
– Mix until you get a smooth chocolate cream.
– Layer a pound cake form with plastic foil. Place a thin layer of the cream on the bottom.
– Alternating place a layer of cookies and chocolate on top. The final layer should be chocolate.
– Place the form in the fridge and keep it there for 2-3 hours, the cake needs to be very firm.
– Before you serve turn the form and carefully move the cake out of the form; remove parchment paper.
– Keep the cake chilled until it is served.

Fix the parchment paper with tape on the outside of the pan.
You can keep this cake in the fridge, wrap it with aluminum foil.
You can make this cake days before, just keep it cool before serving.

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3 Comments on “Chocolate Cookie Cake – German Cake Kalter Hund

  1. recipe is revised. there is no icing. I cam not converting the German recipes, you need to get a metric scale or change them yourselves. The change that the recipe gets messed up is high by converting it.

  2. Thank’s for replying so quickly. But I still don’t know where you add the rum. My mother made this cake for me many,many years ago, and never got the receipe from her.