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How to Say I Love You in German - Mini Cakes for Two

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German cakes are a wonderful way to say I love you in German. Make one of these mini cakes for two and share it with your loved one. You will be saying, "Ich liebe Dich" in no time at all!

1. Gingerbread Hearts

Decorated German Gingerbread Heart
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Continue a German tradition by saying "Ich liebe Dich" on a Lebkuchenherz. Just like they sell at the fairs, this giant cookie is decorated with royal icing, a meringue which hardens in air. The cookie is edible but not often eaten. Hang it from a ribbon around your partner's neck to show them they are loved.

recipe here

2. Frankfurter Kranz

Frankfurter Kranz - Homemade German Buttercreme Torte
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The Frankfurter Kranz cake has been around since the 16th century but has never gone out of vogue. Bake a mini replica in a seven inch springform pan and frost it to picture perfect perfection!

This sponge cake, frosted with buttercream and decorated with hazelnut brittle will show your true love how sweet you think they are.

recipe here

Check out the step by step instructions here.

3. Marmorkuchen - Marble Cake

Marble Cake in a Bundt Pan
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Marble cake is the specialty cake for procrastinators. This baby is so easy, you can have it baked and dusted with powdered sugar in about an hour. If you don't have a round pan with a hole, you can bake it in a small loaf pan.

It's moist, too! Germans have Marmorkuchen with a nice cup of tea or even serve it for brunch, cut in thin slices. Enjoy!

recipe here

4. Linzer Torte

Linzer Torte fresh baked with piece cut out.
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The Linzer Torte is a famous, Austrian nut cake with jelly under a basketweave crust. This cute little baby is baked in a seven-inch springform pan (with removable bottom) but would work well in a small pie or tart pan, too.

recipe here

5. Trying to Impress the Progressive, Vegetarian Date

Whole Wheat German Zupfkuchen with Apricot Filling
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If you are trying to impress someone who wants everything to be as earth-bound and green as possible, try them on a whole wheat, fruit-filled "Zupfkuchen," a German cake that's easy to make. You can mix it by hand, saving on electricity, and you might even be able to bake it in a solar oven! And when it's baked in a small pan, there aren't any leftovers to waste.

recipe here

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