Danube Waves Cake (Donauwellen Kuchen)

READY IN: 1hr 30mins
Recipe by mollypaul

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

Top Review by Eunjung

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!

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.

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