Well, the delicate art of baking in Germany proved me wrong. Upon the first bite of German cake, I knew I sold my soul to the sweet-toothed devil. But, from the lips to the hips, I feared of becoming a hearty German frau. Thanks to walking and biking as my main modes of transportation, I dove deep between the sheets of frosting and piecrust, devouring a year’s worth sinful and succulent kuchen.
Partly addicted, I needed to discover the best cake in Hannover, a quest to conquer the most enchanting bakeries while taste-testing seasonal cakes. It was a quest. It was a mission. I felt determined to conquer this mind-body battle between the blissful state of eating cake and the bogus appreciation for American desserts.
With every stab of my trident (my fork), I was one bite closer to my destination to appreciate the fine art of baking. It is an art and a science. And the Hanoverians do a damn good job at baking.
All I knew in America were cookies the size of my face and milk shakes that gave me diabetic comas (literally, I almost went to the hospital once for a sugar-crash from a milkshake). It’s as if we have no artistic appreciation for treats, but use sugar like a drug. The sweeter the substance, the more the people crave it. Where is the art in that?
Sweet, fluffy and light, German cakes are like an afternoon spent on a sunny Greek island. It’s a magical tale where a blissful aura ignites underneath the hot blazing sun. You feel wonderful. You can eat it and still look great. And you certainly want more of it.
The one thing I discovered is that German treats are not loaded with sugar like US desserts. Somehow those moments of eating cake were like a therapy session. How is that possible? My mind elated and my body present, I never felt so alive, happy and free. With all my studies in mind-body therapies, I believed I could not get fat, sick or celiac disease from eating flour, sugar and gluten. It was a personal experiment and in this battle, my mind overrode my body with so much joy, pleasure and happiness.
Without further ado, here are the best 13 cafes and bakeries for German kuchen (cake) in Hannover.
This ultra-feminine cafe is one of Altstadt's kuchen hotspots. From tortes to cakes to cream pies, get your blood sugar inspired by the sweet taste of life. This cafe serves coffee and tea in modern 1700's-looking floral dish ware. It's one of Altstadt's most popular cafes, specifically for brunch.
Holländische Kakao-Stube – Mitte
Everyone in Hannover knows about this café. Not only has the café been around before World War II, but also it is the finest cake one may ever eat in Germany. There must be a secret to the way the cake and the frostings are stirred, beaten and whipped. The Frankfurter Kranz is a sign that heaven on earth exists; you’ll feel as if you are lying on a bed of white fluffy clouds while God and his crew of angels rain droplets of simple syrup over your presence.
In Old Town, meander down Knochenhauerstrasse to find this two-story café that has some of the best cakes in town. I experienced my first German cake here with the “apfelmangosahne” (apple mango cream) cake. After that, I was hooked. I tried so many cakes at Konrad’s I lost count. If you order to go, don’t worry about losing the frosting. The barista will delicately wrap the cake in a foiled swan so you can carefully walk it home. Konrad also displays at least one vegan cake everyday. This is a first come, first serve place. Once the cake is gone, its gone for the day.
This popular corner café is reputable for nearly everything on their menu. I love tiramisu and well, I discovered the best homemade tiramisu outside of Italy. There’s not much else to say besides that the combination of cream and cake is a complete balance of yin and yang, or sinful and sweet flavors. So if you're feeling sinfully sweet, great news, Barcelona is open late every night of the week.
Located a stone's throw away from Altstadt, Cafe Sid is a two-story cafe that attracts the older crowd. But don't let that stop you from trying their cake and desserts. Upon entering, a glistening glass case contains some double-digit desserts served on a first come, first eat service. If you love French cakes, try anything with meringue. This chocolate-peanut meringue torte is a slice of Parisian heaven.
This zu mit nehmen (take away) bakery serves some of the best homemade breads, cakes and cookies in Hannover. The holidays are a sweet treat when they sell holiday-inspired iced cookies - super delicious but uber expensive. Below is a holiday apple, cranberry and almond cake.
If you walk through Old Town on Knochenhaurstrasse and see a window glittering with cakes, then you have discovered the "secretly located" Cafe Kranzchen that's nestled between the church's alleyway and the road. I have tasted almost every cake known to man here, but I devoured the Frankfurter kranz. It's a bit different than the kakao-stube, but equally delicious. The half-liter lattes are plentiful and eating cake in is a bit cheaper than take away. You can get a coffee and a piece of cake for about 5 euros.
This tiny little bakerei (bakery) is an Old Town favorite. Serving coffee, pastries, sandwiches and bread, skip all of those and head directly to the cake. Below is a "zimtapfelsahnekuchen" or cinnamon apple cream cake. Cakes vary from day to day and serve cakes that use seasonal fruit. In the summer, you can relax at the street side tables that overlook holzmarktstrasse and the notable Leibnizhaus.
This tiny little Linden café is nearby Limmerstrasse and known for its character and quirky old-fashioned décor. The café is vegan-friendly, proudly serving soy milk lattes and vegan cakes. The cakes change frequently, but the “zitronweissschokolade” (lemon white chocolate) cake shocks your tongue to scream, “Oh my God. I can’t believe its vegan.”
Kaffepause - Linden
If you want to explode with a mouthful of nuts, look no further than the notable “nusskuchen” (nut cake) in Linden. This is one of the very few cafes open on Sundays, and luckily, they always serve the nut cake on Sunday. During the week, the nut cake may or may not be there. In the summer, enjoy the backyard patio, where ancient-looking tables sit amidst brick walls covered in dangling vines.
Located behind the Opera House, Kreipe is a two-story café that serves some of the best lattes and kuchen in town. Not into lattes? No problem, flip through their book of teas after eye gazing at the glass case filled with cakes, torts and other savory treats. During the summer months, enjoy the street-side chairs flushed with fluffy pillows and tables filled floral centerpiece vases. The views of the Opera House are as magnificent as their cake. You can find everything from three-tiered cakes to single cheesecake-like squares.
Teestübchen - Altstadt
Are you looking for the best cheesecake outside of New York City? This mainly outdoor cafe features various seasonal cakes, including the notable rhubarb cakes in late summer. But, they are most prized for their authentic New York Cheesecake (kasekuchen), which is a rare treat in Europe. Cake menus change daily.
Pier 51 - Maschsee
For a touch and taste of class, head to Pier 51. Visitors eat cake while overlooking the calm and murky Maschsee. Like most places, they serve a different cake everyday, but most definitely the seasonal plum and rhubarb cakes (or anything with cream). Pier 51 is a quiet lakeside retreat from the bustling city center and is an ideal cake-and-coffee pit stop if you decide to walk the lake's perimeter.
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