Danube Waves Cake (Donauwellen Kuchen)

Total Time
1hr 30mins
Prep 1 hr
Cook 30 mins

A beautiful German cake posted in response to a recipe request. Originally posted to CDKitchen by Anita Gamache.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cake: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Grease a 12 x 8 pan.
  3. Beat the butter, eggs and sugar together until sugar is dissolved.Add the flour.
  4. Spread half of the batter into the pan.
  5. Add cocoa and milk to remaining batter, mix well and spread over the top.
  6. Bake for 30-40 minutes until done.
  7. Let cool for approximately one hour.
  8. For Filling: Drain the cherries, saving 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons of the juice.
  9. Heat the juice, sugar and cornstarch slowly, stirring constantly.
  10. Add the cherries.
  11. When the mix has thickened, set aside to cool.
  12. For Cream: Cook the pudding according to the package directions with the milk and sugar Let cool to room temperature.
  13. Beat the butter until creamy and add the pudding spoon by spoon while beating Let rest a few minutes.
  14. Assembly: Spread the cherry mix on top of the cake and cover with the cream.
  15. Drizzle melted chocolate over the top.
Most Helpful

i was not going to rate this recipe at first - i was disappointed with it. i must not have given the cherries and pudding enough time to set, and everything was all sloppy and floppy when i served it (I have never had this cake before so did not know what it should look like). after a lukewarm response from my family, i put it into the fridge thinking if someone has hungry enough, they would try it again. the next day, the cake looked and tasted great! i also love that i can/should make this cake ahead of time - that i do not have to make it just prior to serving. beautiful recipe. and thanks for introducing me to a piece of german food culture!

Eunjung March 04, 2011

Molly, thanks for contributing this recipe. I made this cake yesterday. I've never had one before, so I didn't know quite what to expect. I have seen pictures and other recipes on the web, and this recipe was so similar to many German recipes that I read translated to English online. I've been told by European guests, that it is in the European preferrence of richness and sweetness. That said, I feel better! First, I thought it was not soft enough. there is no liquid other than eggs, sugar and butter, so it has a firm tight and somewhat dry texture like an old fashioned pound cake recipe, but it's not as sweet. This cake not very sweet, so those that are looking for a less sweet dessert, this is your recipe! The buttercream was outstanding, very rich and smooth and I'm excited to play around with that for other desserts. All in all, I'd make this cake again..it is absolutely stunning when sliced. The chocolate layer waves beautifully between the vanilla cake layer and the buttercream as it is supposed to do. I will tweak the recipe some to moisten and soften it a bit for my taste though.

Soozzee October 19, 2009

This is darned near perfect Donauwellen Kuchen. I have never had it with thicken cherries however and it just didn't sound right, so I just placed the well drained cherries on top of the batter and slightly pushed them in. The cake is the perfect texture, nice and light and not overly sweet. It also makes the most perfect "waves" when baked. The filling is PERFECT!!! The topping was even the traditional topping. I find this topping VERY difficult when cutting the cake to serve (I get MUCH agreement on this from my German friends). I think perhaps I will try using a thick chocolate glaze next time. I have eaten this MANY times before, but this was my first attempt at preparing it and it will NOT be my last. Thank you SO much for posting this recipe, it is a gem.

Michelle S. February 22, 2007