Schichttorte (20-Layered German Cake)

Schichttorte German Layer Cake

When I first made the Schichttorte (A.K.A. a 20-layered German cake, baumkuchen, bebinca, etc.) and posted it on Reddit, it got 1.3MM views overnight. It was bananas. I literally made the cake at 9PM after a long day and while watching Wet Hot American Summer, so thanks internets! You know how to turnaround an anonymous internet poster’s day. #2blessed.

As it is long overdue, I am posting the American-friendly version of this German recipe by popular demand. The most important factors in the success of this recipe: having a broiler, a scale and a lot of patience. These layers take time! I basically stood at the oven the whole time I made it, but it was worth it for the super cool cross sectional at the end. Plus apparently they did a Schichttorte (german layer cake with jam) challenge on The Great British Bake Off which is the greatest cooking competition show of all time (fun fact: BBC programming requires 100% transparency in reality TV programming–how cool is that?). Make a Schichttorte and dazzle your friends + family! Or not–I can’t force you to do anything in this short life we get prior to the imminent mortal coil.

Schichttorte German Layer Cake Recipe

Learn how to make Schichttorte German Layer Cake recipe inspired by the Great British Bake Off.

Schichttorte German Layer Cake

Learn how to make Schichttorte German Layer Cake recipe inspired by the Great British Bake Off.

Schichttorte Recipe



  • 10 large eggs, separated
  • 100g unsalted butter
  • 150g caster / icing sugar (Shhh you can grind sugar to get to the consistency needed for this)
  • 1 large lemon’s zest
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 150g all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 65g cornstarch
  • oil
  • 1 jar of apricot jam

Chocolate Glaze

  • 150g confectioners’ sugar
  • 4 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Vanilla Glaze

  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon butter


  1. Make layered cake. In a stand mixer, whisk the egg yolks on high speed until pale and thick (5 minutes).
  2. Separately, beat butter and sugar until pale and creamy. Mix in lemon zest and vanilla extract. Add in the whisked egg yolks from the stand mixer and mix well. Then add the flour and cornstarch and mix well to form a batter.
  3. Separately, whisk egg whites until soft peaks form. Stir in one-third of egg whites into batter. Then gently fold the rest of the egg whites into the batter.
  4. Melt apricot jam in a small pan and pass through a sieve to yield a smooth jam. Set aside.
  5. Pre-heat oven to broil setting.
  6. Grease an 8 inch springform pan with oil and cover the bottom with parchment paper.
  7. Evenly spread 1/3 cup of batter onto the base of the pan and give the pan a quick shake to even out. Place in broiler and cook for 2 minutes or until light golden brown.
  8. Take pan out of broiler and evenly spread 1/3 cup of batter onto the first layer and spread evenly with a brush. Place in broiler and cook for 3 minutes or until dark golden brown.
  9. Repeat steps #6 and #7, ensuring that every 5th layer is instead a layer of smooth jam from step #4 cooked for 2-3 minutes. Repeat this process until all batter has been used, or 20 layers have been achieved.
  10. Remove from oven and allow to cool in pan for a few minutes, and then remove from springform pan.
  11. Brush the top and sides of the cooled cake with the rest of the apricot jam.
  12. Make chocolate glaze. Sift together confectioners’ sugar and cocoa powder into a bowl. Stir in milk and vanilla and mix until smooth. If too thick, heat up over small pan. Pour evenly over cake.
  13. Make vanilla glaze. Melt butter and add in confectioners’ sugar, milk, salt and vanilla extract. Mix until smooth. Pour into squeeze bottle and drizzle over cake.
  14. Eat way too much Schichttorte; dazzle your friends and family; #foodstagram.


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