Frankfurter Kranz

The Frankfurter Kranz (or Frankfurt Crown Cake)[1] is a cake specialty of Frankfurt am Main, Germany.[2]

Frankfurter Kranz
Alternative namesFrankfurt Crown Cake
Place of originGermany
Region or stateFrankfurt am Main
Main ingredientsSponge cake, buttercream icing, red jam (typically strawberry, blackcurrant or cherry jam); brittle nuts, toasted almond flakes and/or ground hazelnuts

Preparation starts with the baking of a firm sponge cake in a ring shaped baking tin. The cake is then sliced horizontally to divide it into two or three rings, and thick layers of buttercream icing are placed between the rings, usually with a layer of red jam (typically strawberry, blackcurrant or cherry jam).[3] The outside of the cake is then thickly coated with more buttercream and topped with caramel-covered brittle nuts, called Krokant, toasted almond flakes and/or ground hazelnuts. Krokant is signature to this dish.

Frankfurter Kranz is considered a reminiscence of Frankfurt as the coronation city of the Holy Roman emperors. Its round shape and the sheath of brittle are intended to represent a golden crown, the cherries should be reminiscent of rubies.

After World War II, in the absence of butter, the surface of the cake was often coated with Kogel mogel (sweetened egg yolk paste), and other types of decoration may involve dots made from (more) buttercream or cocktail cherries.

See also


  1. Peter Badenhop, Frankfurter Gerichte : Fünf Spezialitäten, die man probiert haben sollte (five inevitable dishes of Frankfurt) in: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung dated 25. August 2021
  2. Frankfurt Crown Cake Butter-creme cake Frankfurt style by Frankfurt tourism office
  3. "Frankfurter-Kranz Buttercream Filled Cake" (recipe). Accessed June 2010.
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