Well...I don't know what a German cake tastes like but this was a good mild soft cake. I made a half recipe in an 8x8 square pan. The baking soda wasn't listed in the ingredients but was in the directions so I added 1/2 tsp for half a recipe *It shows up now after I reviewed it...not a big deal since I bake enough to know what should work. It would be helpful to put the ingredients in the order used.* I also used margarine and doubled the cocoa. The cake doesn't really have a distinct flavor...not chocolate...I used Creamy White Frosting to top it and they went well together. Freddy Cat says thanks for the sweets! Made for the ZWT4.