Jun 2, 2010

Donauwellen ("Danube Waves")

I have made this cake many times, there are so many recipes out there, but now I got the Dr. Oetker German Baking Today cookbook, and decided to try this recipe. It is really great! Very rich cake, interesting, and delicious. I love how the batter turned out, just perfect!

I have used a 9 inch round spring form pan, normally this cake is made in a rectangular shape, and served as slices, or cubes. Because of that I have used less chocolate topping.
Also, I make the chocolate topping by melting chopped chocolate pieces with heavy cream. I just keep adding heavy cream (not whipped) until I am pleased with the texture.
I only had frozen tart cherries, fresh (jarred or canned) would make for much nicer appearance, and create perfect waves between the two batter layers. Google it for better images of what it should look like.

My family was very pleased, the only critique they had was that perhaps more butter cream would make it even better : )

Donauwellen (“Danube waves”)

Makes about 20 pieces

For a baking sheet (40 x 30 cm) which is about 16 x12 inches:
some fat
aluminum foil (if using a baking sheet, not pan)

2 jars or cans of sour cherries (drained weight approx. 350 g each), or fresh, pitted
250 g/9 oz soft margarine or butter
200 g/7 oz sugar
3 drops vanilla extract in 1 tbsp sugar
1 pinch salt
5 medium eggs
375 g/13/½ oz AP flour
3 level tsp baking powder
20 g / ¾ oz cocoa
2 tsp milk

Butter Cream:
40g/ 1 ½ oz custard powder 9or 1 packet Dr. Oetker vanilla pudding)
100 g/ 3 ½ oz sugar
500 ml/ 17 fl oz milk
250 g/ 9 oz soft butter

200 g/ 7 oz plain chocolate
4 tsp oil (cooking)

Danube Waves

Preheat oven to about 180° C/ 350 °F. Grease the baking sheet. Thoroughly drain the cherries. To make the cake mixture, stir the softened margarine or butter with a hand mixer with a whisk, until it becomes smooth and homogenous. Gradually add the sugar, vanilla sugar, and salt, stir until mixture thickens. Add 1 egg at a time, whisking each one for about ½ minute at the highest setting.

Mix together the flour and baking powder, sift and add to margarine or butter mixture in two stages, briefly stirring with a mixer at the medium setting. Spread 2/3 of the mixture on the greased baking sheet. Sift the cocoa powder and add with the milk to the rest of the batter, and spread it on top of the light batter. Place a strip of aluminum foil along the open end of the baking sheet to form and edge (no need for this if you are using a pan). Dry the sour cherries quickly on kitchen paper, then arrange them on the dark colored cake mixture, pressing them lightly into place. Bake for about 40 minutes.

Take the cake of the baking sheet and place on a cooling rack, or if using a pan, just cool it in a pan.
Make the butter cream filling, make the custard with the custard powder, sugar and milk, following the instructions on a packet. Leave the custard to cool down (don’t refrigerate), and stir occasionally.
Stir the softened butter with a hand mixer with whisk until it becomes smooth and homogenous. Stir in the cooled custard, by the spoonful, making sure that the butter and the custard are both at room temperature because the butter cream could curdle otherwise. Spread the butter cream on the cooled cake, and smooth out the surface. Refrigerate for about an hour.

To make the chocolate topping, coarsely chop the plain chocolate and melt it with the oil in a double boiler, or however you usually do so ( I did it in microwave). Pour the chocolate coating over the set butter cream, and decorate with a baking comb or a fork, creating waves. Enjoy!



Вера said...

Savrsen je,ja imam recept,ali je malo drugačiji.Svidja mi se sto je napravljen kao torta i to bas u mom omiljenom okruglom obliku.Fotke su prelepe takodje!

Maria said...

Wow, wow that a delicious cake! I made this before some years ago and remember how sweet and nice the taste was. The pics are wonderful and sooo tasty!

KİZHATCE said...

merhaba,çok nefis bir pasta,bravoooo:)sevgiler...

xoxo said...

looks great ^^

Shelby said...

gorgeous cake!

Unknown said...

I have never seen this cake before! I want to make it and sit drinking coffee and imagining I am in Vienna perhaps!

Cherine said...

this cake looks fantastic!

Melita said...

Thank you all!
Glad you like it, it is so good!

Vera - ja vecinu kolaca pravim u obliku torte, jednostavnije mi je, a zanimljivije ;)

Ambika said...

Such an interesting cake!! Im totally in love with this one...will try this very soon...I especially like the butter cream with the custard powder :)

Amanda said...

Holy cow, how gorgeous is that? I have to make this!

Mary @Delightful Bitefuls said...

Oh my goodness! This looks incredible... like, really really amazing. Bookmarked and will be made!

Delightful Bitefuls

Unknown said...

I have never heard of this cake...I am SO glad I have now though because it looks fabulous!

Talita said...

Mellita, you're so talented! I do love your bakes!

Fish said...

Love cake :)

Enza said...

che delizia di torta...bravissima!!

cosmo2503 said...

Dunavski valovi kod tebe izgledaju savršeno i preliji su. Dopada mi se što si ih napravila u formi okrugle torte.

Anonymous said...

Such a beautiful cake! I adore your blog and look forward to trying your delicious looking recipes.

Megan said...

Oh my1 That is a worrk of art. I have to try this beauty.

Aaron John said...

That looks really good. I love the look of all the layers!! Great pictures!!
Would you mind checking out my blog? :D http://ajscookingsecrets.blogspot.com/

mignonne said...

Fotkice sam skicnula jos na coolki, ali nikako da stignem do bloga...raduje me da opet mozemo citati tvoje lepe receptice!;))) kiss

Mika said...

This makes my mouth watering...amazing

Shantihhh said...

I have searched for this recipe ever since we first ate it at a friend's in Dubrovnik! She gave me the recipe and I lost it and her contact info. I had inquired o9f my son-in-law's family members (from former Yugo) and no one knew of this cake. I just recently heard it was called Danube Wave Cake and found your recvipe which I will make for the family Thanksgiving gathering. Thanks!

Mary-Anne (baba to Melania, Marko, Tiffiny, and Andrew)

lauralaurentiu said...

odlicna torta! Laura Laurentiu