Oktoberfest Pretzel Cake

Again, it has been a while since I last updated this blog. Uni life takes its tolls and free time and space for creativity, baking, cooking and writing are shrinking simultaneously. When you come home from classes by 8:30 on a weeknight there is other priorities than whipping up cake … (PJ’s YAY). However, I won’t sound pathetic here, as I do in fact love anything working in and around the kitchen. There is still time for making pancakes for breakfast, blending nuts into nut butters and trying out a recipe once in a while.

The best occasion, or let me call it „excuse“ for making a cake is a party. Birthday, anniversary, whatsoever. Almost a month ago, I was delighted to attend a friend’s personal Oktoberfest celebration and so it happened for me coming up with this cake. It’s a simple cake dough that is very easy to make and can be compared to what is known as „Wacky Cake“. This traditional cake is a spongy most cake made without eggs, butter or milk AKA vegan. There are rumors that this cake recipe was created during war-time and food rationing when ingredients such as butter or eggs were really expensive and also rare.

I for my part really like the moist and dense texture. I made one „traditional“ batch using cocoa and one light version without cocoa that, of course, created a cake lighter in color. For decoration, I used simple chocolate glaze and to make it all Oktoberfest themed I went for small salty pretzels.

So, here we go:

For 1 cake in a 22 cm circle cake pan you’ll need:

  • 125 g whole wheat or spelt flour and 75 „regular“ flour
  • 125 g sugar
  • 1 Tsp baking powder
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 75 ml of oil (can be supped with applesauce)
  • 250 ml of sparkling water
  • for the cocoa version: about 2-3 Tbsp of unsweetened cocoa


Preheat the oven to 180 C or 350 F and grease your cake pan.

Mix dry ingredients in one and moist in another bowl. Then, quickly, start to combine both mixtures. Fill in the final mixture into your cake pan and bake it for 35-40 minutes.

(light colored version vs dark one)

After baking let the cake cool in the pan. When completely cooled you may want to cut it into 2 sheets and fill it with some frosting or, for instance, with Nutella (droooolllll). This, however, is optional. For the party, I went for a Nutella filling. Afterward, I covered the cake with a simple chocolate glaze and put on the pretzel bits as long as the chocolate was still warm. Voila:


Have a great day,




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