German Wave Cake


German Wave Cake

German Wave Cake
2 Hr 30 Min
25 Min

Donauwellen is a classic German dessert that's often called the "German Wave Cake." That's because the layers in this cake look like the waves of the Danube river. Our version starts off with a box of cake mix, to make it really easy, and features all of the classic flavors, including chocolate, vanilla, cherries, and pudding.

What You'll Need

  • 1 (15-1/4-ounce) package vanilla cake mix
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 (15-ounce) can dark pitted cherries, drained well
  • 2 (4-serving size) packages cook and serve vanilla pudding mix
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 1 (16-ounce) can chocolate frosting

What to Do

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9- x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Prepare batter according to package directions. Place half the batter in a medium bowl and add cocoa powder; mix well. Pour vanilla batter into baking dish, then slowly pour chocolate batter over vanilla batter, covering entire surface. Place cherries on top of batter and press down into batter.
  3. Bake 25 to 30 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool.
  4. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine pudding mix and milk; bring to a boil and cook until thickened, whisking constantly. Pour pudding into a large bowl and cover with plastic wrap, making sure to press plastic wrap directly onto pudding to prevent a coating from forming on top of pudding. Set aside to cool.
  5. In a medium bowl, beat butter until creamy. Add butter to cooled pudding and mix well. Spread pudding evenly over cake and refrigerate 30 minutes.
  6. Place frosting in a medium microwave-safe bowl and microwave 20 to 25 seconds, or just until frosting is pourable. Pour frosting evenly over pudding and using a knife or fork, make a wave design. Refrigerate 2 hours, or until ready to serve.


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Nutritional InformationShow More

Servings Per Recipe: 15

  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Calories 362
  • Calories from Fat 135
  • Total Fat 15g 23 %
  • Saturated Fat 7.3g 37 %
  • Trans Fat 0.3g 0 %
  • Protein 3.2g 6 %
  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Cholesterol 20mg 7 %
  • Sodium 381mg 16 %
  • Total Carbohydrates 55g 18 %
  • Dietary Fiber 1.4g 6 %
  • Sugars 41g 0 %

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in the interest of saving a few calories and fat, I think I would skip the butter in the pudding. I wonder if it would work with one of the butter substitutes?

I love easy recipes and because this starts with a box cake it is easy. And it it is also like those marble cakes which I love because you get the best of both worlds, chocolate and vanilla. I want to make this right now, but I need to make a visit to the grocery store first.


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