German Tortenboden Recipe – Fruit Base Cake

German Tortenboden recipe

This German Tortenboden Recipe is the base for many different German cakes and it made out of a kneaded dough that we call in German “Mürbeteig” or short crust dough. The most popular cakes with apples, plums or cherries are using this base cake. It is easy to make and does not need any special ingredients. If you are looking for a base cake that is made out of a regular dough a so called “Sponge Cake” dough,  (not kneaded) you need to see the recipes that are listed at the bottom of this recipe. Happy Baking!

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Ingredients German Tortenboden Recipe

500 g flour
200 g butter, cold
150 g sugar
1 dash salt
1 egg
1 package vanilla sugar Dr. Oetker, 0.3oz 
– How to make Vanilla Sugar –
1 tbsp baking powder

Baking Instructions

– Cut butter in thin slices. Sieve flour.
– Combine all ingredients, knead dough until it is smooth.
– Wrap it in plastic foil, keep in fridge for 30-60 min.
– Roll the dough on a floured baking board.
– Add your choice for fruit on top.
– Bake for about 40-60 min on 330 F.

Make the Glaze

1 tbsp corn starch
1-2 tbsp sugar (or to taste)
250 ml water or red fruit juice for a red glaze
– Mix sugar with starch and 1 tbsp water very well, there shouldn’t be any clumps. If you use sweetened fruit juice use no sugar or just a small amount. To get a red glaze use grape juice or any red colored juice.
– Bring remaining water to a boil
– Mix in the starch, let boil for 30 seconds.
– Pour glaze over the fruit by using a spoon.

Short Crust Base Cake examples – Strawberries and Plums
strawberry short crust. german plum streusel cale

Cherry Crumble Cake with the base cake, a layer of cherries topped with crumbles or Streusel 
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german tortenboden recipe


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