Dresden Sugar Cake & Bake To Impress Review & Giveaway

Dresden sugar cake - an enriched yeast coffee cake with a crisp, buttery sugar topping

I’ve got a bit of a thing for recipe books, I don’t buy them very often but I do love them and will happily spend hours looking through them in search of inspiration; so when I was offered a copy of Bake To Impress by Christian Hümbs to review of course I accepted. Christian Hümbs is a German patissier who is a judge on the German Bake-Off, has worked at a host of Michelin starred restaurants and hotels and was awarded German Patissier of the year in 2014; Bake To Impress is his first book.

Dresden sugar cake - a coffee cake style yeast cake with a crisp, buttery sugar topping

The book is broken down into four sections – quick and easy, international classics, special and unusual and master baking to impress. There is a wide variation of recipes with a few classics and plenty of different and unusual bakes and flavours such as yuzu tart, lychee and green tea macarons and cronuts with yuzu jelly. There are also a lot more cupcake and muffin recipes than I would expect from a patisserie book, but they are all very unique flavours (walnut and red wine and rice pudding are two examples) and are quite intricately decorated. Every single recipe is accompanied by a beautiful photograph of the finished dessert, which I view as a massive bonus, it is always helpful to see what you are making should look like.

I do have a couple of qualms with the book, firstly there are a lot of recipes that use vanilla blancmange powder as an ingredient which is a little odd, and not something I have ever come across before. Given that the ingredients of blancmange powder are simply cornflour and flavourings, I think that in most recipes you could simply substitute it with cornflour and vanilla extract; which makes me question why he didn’t simply do that in the first place. A few of the recipes also use some slightly uncommon ingredients, such as isomalt syrup, almond nougat, cocoa butter and yuzu sake; this is to be expected in a patisserie book and they should be fairly easy to find online. Secondly, some of the instructions are a little vague so I would say that this is a book for experienced bakers rather than beginners as it is best to have a good grasp of the basics. If you fancy winning a copy of Bake To Impress then you can enter the giveaway at the bottom of this post.

Dresden sugar cake - yeasted coffe cake with a crisp, buttery sugar topping

I chose to bake the Dresden sugar cake as it is not something I have heard of before and I can’t resist sweet, enriched breads. It consists of a soft, enriched dough base, with a crisp, buttery, slightly custardy sugar topping. It was fairly simple to make, my only issue was that the recipe called for a 28cm (11in) springform tin which I didn’t have so I used a 23cm one instead, this meant that the topping was a little too thick in the middle so the centre of the cake turned out quite soft, it was still delicious but I recommend using a 28cm tin if you have one. The cake is sort of similar to German butterkuchen and is lovely with a cup of coffee.

Dresden Sugar Cake

Author Domestic Gothess



  • 135 ml (1/2 cup + 1tbsp) milk
  • 5 g (1 1/2 tsp) fast action yeast
  • 25 g (2 tbsp) caster sugar
  • 250 g (2 cups + 1tbsp) plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 35 g (2 tbsp) soft, unsalted butter


  • 180 g (3/4 cup) unsalted butter
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 180 g (3/4 cup + 2tbsp) caster sugar
  • 40 g (1/3 cup) plain flour


  1. Heat the milk until lukewarm; mix the flour, yeast, sugar and salt together in a bowl, add the butter and milk and mix everything together to form a dough. Turn out onto an un-floured surface and knead for 5-10 minutes until smooth and elastic - because the dough is made with plain rather than strong flour it will not be as elastic as usual bread dough.
  2. Place the dough in a clean bowl, cover and leave to rise for about an hour until doubled in size.
  3. Butter a 23-28cm (9-11in) round springform tin then press the dough out evenly in the tin so that it covers the base. Cover and set aside to prove for about half an hour until puffy.
  4. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 190C/375F/gas mark 5 and make the topping.
  5. Melt the butter in a pan over a low heat, set aside to cool slightly; whisk together the eggs, sugar and flour in a bowl until smooth then add the butter and mix until well combined.
  6. Pour the topping mixture evenly over the risen dough then bake on the lower shelf of the preheated oven for about 25 minutes if using a 28cm tin, or 30-40 minutes if using a 23cm tin. It should be golden brown and the topping should be set; if the top browns before it is cooked through then cover the cake with foil.
  7. Remove from the oven and leave to cool in the tin before turning out and slicing.

Recipe Notes

You will need a 23-28cm (9-11in) springform cake tin


Dresden sugar cake - an enriched bread dough base with a crisp, buttery sugar topping

I am sharing this with Saucy Saturdays hosted by The Flavour Bender, Take Two Tapas, La Petit Chef and Mid-Life Croissant, Fiesta Friday hosted by A Pug In The Kitchen and Cooking Is My Sport, Foodie FriDIY, Foodie Friends Friday and Friday Features

Bake To Impress Giveaway:

– Two winners will receive the following: A copy of Bake to Impress By Christian Hümbs

– The giveaway open to UK residents over the age of 18 only. 

– The giveaway ends on the 24th of July 2016 at 11:59:59 PM.

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– The winners will be randomly selected, announced in the Gleam giveaway box and contacted via their provided e-mail address shortly afterwards. Please claim your prize within 4 days of being notified.

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110 Comments on Dresden Sugar Cake & Bake To Impress Review & Giveaway

  1. Tracy K Nixon
    July 6, 2016 at 8:18 am (2 years ago)

    I love to bake cakes and quiches at the moment!

  2. Hayley F
    July 6, 2016 at 9:40 am (2 years ago)

    Cupcakes and then decorating them. I also get to lick the bowl hehe x

  3. iain maciver
    July 6, 2016 at 11:39 am (2 years ago)

    apple pie

  4. Tracey Peach
    July 6, 2016 at 12:07 pm (2 years ago)

    Cup cakes! easy to make & bake & you can make them in lots of different flavours & toppings 🙂

  5. Annabel Greaves
    July 6, 2016 at 1:48 pm (2 years ago)

    Fairy cakes

  6. lucy higgins
    July 6, 2016 at 1:49 pm (2 years ago)

    I love to bake carrot cake as its so delicious

  7. Rachel Craig
    July 6, 2016 at 3:11 pm (2 years ago)


  8. Donna Loxton
    July 6, 2016 at 5:41 pm (2 years ago)

    Victoria sponge

  9. Susan Smith
    July 6, 2016 at 6:10 pm (2 years ago)

    I love to bake cakes and biscuits

  10. laura banks
    July 6, 2016 at 6:26 pm (2 years ago)

    maltesers cupcakes

  11. Angela McDonald
    July 7, 2016 at 4:57 am (2 years ago)

    I love to bake Coffee Walnut Cake!

  12. Ylek13
    July 7, 2016 at 6:11 am (2 years ago)

    This looks delicious. I like to be adventurous sometimes in my baking. Learning about different aspects of baking from a cultural perspective and experiencing new tastes makes it exciting. There’s so much to learn from this book.

  13. Katie @ Katiecakes
    July 7, 2016 at 6:55 am (2 years ago)

    My favorite thing to bake has to be chocolate chip banana bread, the breakfast of champions!

    That cake sounds delicious!

    Katie xoxo

  14. Phil Darling
    July 7, 2016 at 6:56 am (2 years ago)

    I’m into baking lemon drizzle cakes at the moment

  15. Heather Haigh
    July 7, 2016 at 7:59 am (2 years ago)

    I like to make a lushciious, moist chocolate cake.

  16. Hannah Owen
    July 7, 2016 at 8:07 am (2 years ago)

    I would love to be able to bake like this! This recipe book looks fab!

  17. angela boucher
    July 7, 2016 at 9:00 am (2 years ago)

    My absolute favourite thing to bake is my kids birthday cakes. I love to make them big impressive three tier cakes with loads of decorations.

  18. Tammy Tudor
    July 7, 2016 at 11:16 am (2 years ago)

    I love to bake brownies

  19. simone bishop
    July 7, 2016 at 1:04 pm (2 years ago)

    Rhubarb crumble or Victorian sponge cake. 🙂

  20. laura stewart
    July 7, 2016 at 1:13 pm (2 years ago)

    chocolate fudge cake x

  21. amy bondoc
    July 7, 2016 at 1:57 pm (2 years ago)

    i love baking cookies with my daughter and apple pie too

  22. Kerry Taylor
    July 7, 2016 at 4:24 pm (2 years ago)

    Banana bread, because my little boy loves it 😀

  23. C Kennedy
    July 7, 2016 at 4:52 pm (2 years ago)

    I love making banana muffins. Super easy to make and make a great snack

  24. Jo Carroll
    July 7, 2016 at 7:43 pm (2 years ago)

    I love to bake cookies. There are so many different varieties, it’s always fun and judging by how little time they last in the tin…my family appreciate them 🙂

  25. helen tovell
    July 7, 2016 at 9:05 pm (2 years ago)

    Cupcakes as they are so versatile and have so many different flavours and varieties

  26. Samantha
    July 7, 2016 at 9:23 pm (2 years ago)

    Granny loaf is my favourite cake to make

  27. Stephanie Keill
    July 7, 2016 at 10:21 pm (2 years ago)

    Red velvet chocolate is a big favourite with my family

  28. LP
    July 8, 2016 at 10:02 am (2 years ago)

    cupcakes or flapjack

  29. Rebecca Cusick
    July 8, 2016 at 10:30 am (2 years ago)

    I love baking fairy cakes and little cakes with my boy. This would be amazing xx

  30. Emma Dormer
    July 8, 2016 at 10:38 am (2 years ago)

    A classic victoria sponge cake XX

  31. Ellie Jones
    July 8, 2016 at 10:39 am (2 years ago)

    I love to bake home made cookies. My own special recipe

  32. Colleen
    July 8, 2016 at 12:07 pm (2 years ago)

    This cake looks like a cake I could fall in love with. I hate all things icing, so this cake is right up my alley!

  33. jo liddement
    July 8, 2016 at 12:08 pm (2 years ago)

    I enjoy baking bread and scones

  34. michelle@oblogoff
    July 8, 2016 at 3:07 pm (2 years ago)

    Dark chocolate chip Zucchini Bread!
    This cake looks really yummy!

  35. nadia@maisontravers
    July 8, 2016 at 4:30 pm (2 years ago)

    Looks delicious. I bake anything that takes my fancy, At the moment anything with apricots, berries etc.

  36. Annette Oliver
    July 8, 2016 at 5:26 pm (2 years ago)

    I like baking cakes

  37. Suchitra
    July 8, 2016 at 7:17 pm (2 years ago)

    A very interesting read! Have a great weekend!

  38. Laura Nice
    July 9, 2016 at 10:01 am (2 years ago)

    Victoria sponge

  39. grainne marnell-fox
    July 9, 2016 at 3:07 pm (2 years ago)


  40. Sarah
    July 9, 2016 at 8:35 pm (2 years ago)

    This looks so yummy!

  41. Solange
    July 9, 2016 at 8:40 pm (2 years ago)

    Red Velvet Cupcakes

  42. Jo Hutchinson
    July 9, 2016 at 11:17 pm (2 years ago)

    I love to bake fruity scones.

  43. apuginthekitchen
    July 10, 2016 at 1:07 am (2 years ago)

    The cake looks delicious and thank you so much for bringing to FF!!

  44. tentimestea
    July 10, 2016 at 5:01 pm (2 years ago)

    What a gorgeous cake! I love a cake with simple ingredients and flavours that add up to a lovely combination of texture and richness. Especially love the sound of the buttery and sugary topping–I’m trying to imagine what its like, and I’m not really sure…which just means I’ll have to try it someday!

  45. Kim Styles
    July 10, 2016 at 9:35 pm (2 years ago)

    I love to bake my own recipe for Barm Brack

  46. Susan Williams
    July 11, 2016 at 12:20 pm (2 years ago)

    I love baking all sorts of cakes and I’m always on the lookout for new recipes to try.

  47. Carol Emmett
    July 12, 2016 at 8:28 am (2 years ago)

    It depends on the time of year and my mood ! Victoria sponge, lemon syrup cake, bread, fruited soda bread.

  48. Corinne Peat
    July 13, 2016 at 6:48 am (2 years ago)

    Chocolate fudge traybake.

  49. Rachel Butterworth
    July 13, 2016 at 8:04 pm (2 years ago)

    American Style Baked Cheesecake.

  50. carole nott
    July 13, 2016 at 9:11 pm (2 years ago)

    any type of chocolate cake and chocolate cookies

  51. Lucy Major
    July 13, 2016 at 9:16 pm (2 years ago)

    I love to bake brownies most 🙂 They’re my guilty pleasure

  52. Jemma Dwyer
    July 14, 2016 at 7:13 pm (2 years ago)

    carrot cake i love making x

  53. Michelle Ferguson
    July 15, 2016 at 9:05 pm (2 years ago)

    I love to make lemon drizzle cake

  54. Angie Hoggett
    July 18, 2016 at 6:46 am (2 years ago)

    I love making cookies and cakes

  55. Emily Knight
    July 18, 2016 at 6:04 pm (2 years ago)

    It has to be my cherry and amaretto brownies!

  56. Emma Ellams
    July 18, 2016 at 8:55 pm (2 years ago)

    Nutella and banana cake 🙂

  57. Laura bryant
    July 19, 2016 at 3:22 pm (2 years ago)

    Butterfly cakes

  58. jen s morgan
    July 19, 2016 at 6:34 pm (2 years ago)

    Cherry pie x

  59. Sarah Lee
    July 20, 2016 at 11:28 am (2 years ago)

    I like making carrot cake

  60. Allan Wilson
    July 21, 2016 at 10:12 am (2 years ago)


  61. donna l jones
    July 22, 2016 at 8:56 am (2 years ago)

    lemon drizzle cake

  62. Jayne Kelsall
    July 22, 2016 at 11:14 am (2 years ago)

    I love baking biscuits and cookies for the children .x

  63. Sheri Darby
    July 22, 2016 at 6:17 pm (2 years ago)

    Chocolate Brownies

  64. Sarah Casey
    July 22, 2016 at 7:16 pm (2 years ago)

    Well that looks yummy! Will be trying this soon.

  65. Sarah Casey
    July 22, 2016 at 7:18 pm (2 years ago)

    Oh, and my favourite thing to bake is banana bread!

  66. Annette Oliver
    July 22, 2016 at 8:21 pm (2 years ago)

    Chocolate cake

  67. Daisy Belle
    July 23, 2016 at 7:55 am (2 years ago)

    Wow looks wonderful.

  68. Lauren Old
    July 23, 2016 at 8:00 am (2 years ago)


  69. Sally Collingwood
    July 23, 2016 at 10:29 am (2 years ago)

    Cakes, every type

  70. Ann Williams
    July 23, 2016 at 11:02 am (2 years ago)

    I like baking shortbread and biscuits best. Not a fan of icing but will give most things a go.

  71. Joanne Hurn
    July 23, 2016 at 11:20 am (2 years ago)

    Any sort of cake

  72. Andrew Hindley
    July 23, 2016 at 12:14 pm (2 years ago)

    Love making Chorley Cakes

  73. Susan Jackson
    July 23, 2016 at 2:29 pm (2 years ago)

    I like to make Pineapple Upside down cake, easy and impresses

  74. lucy beckett
    July 23, 2016 at 3:11 pm (2 years ago)

    love polenta cake and carrot cake! NOM

  75. carol boffey
    July 23, 2016 at 6:23 pm (2 years ago)


  76. Vanessa F
    July 23, 2016 at 8:16 pm (2 years ago)

    My favourite thing to bake are brownies, simple but so moreish.

  77. EJ Dunn
    July 23, 2016 at 9:14 pm (2 years ago)

    Banana loaf

  78. Marie Jacobs
    July 23, 2016 at 10:55 pm (2 years ago)

    Carrot Cake with cream cheese icing on top,cheers for super chance I do love to bake for my family

  79. Amanda Young
    July 23, 2016 at 11:22 pm (2 years ago)


  80. Joanna Kasznicki
    July 24, 2016 at 12:27 am (2 years ago)

    Apple and raisin muffins

  81. Julie Camm
    July 24, 2016 at 8:38 am (2 years ago)

    I enjoy baking cookies and cupcakes….

  82. Laura Harrison
    July 24, 2016 at 8:41 am (2 years ago)

    Lemon drizzle cake, very yummy xxx

  83. kim neville
    July 24, 2016 at 9:03 am (2 years ago)

    Chocolate brownies

  84. Hayley Todd
    July 24, 2016 at 9:32 am (2 years ago)

    First of all, oh my goodness, that cake looks absolutely scrumptious!!! My favourite thing to bake is Devil’s Food Cake as we are all chocoholics in our house!

  85. Allan Fullarton
    July 24, 2016 at 10:34 am (2 years ago)

    Fairy cakes – the kids love them.

  86. Miss Tracy Hanson
    July 24, 2016 at 11:57 am (2 years ago)

    Cakes and peanut butter cookies (although no-one likes peanut butter but me in the house so I have to eat them all myself lol) at the moment. We also have an American cook book which we are slowly working our way through that my sister (lives in Connecticut) brought back last month for us along with “American” measures, so we can make it correctly. 🙂

  87. kelly morgan
    July 24, 2016 at 12:17 pm (2 years ago)

    a basic lemon sponge is my favourite thing to bake

  88. Gem Cook (Gem Gem)
    July 24, 2016 at 12:33 pm (2 years ago)

    I love to bake chocolate brownies.

  89. Chris Fletcher
    July 24, 2016 at 1:16 pm (2 years ago)

    I love baking Carrot Cake!

  90. Caroline Buckley
    July 24, 2016 at 2:26 pm (2 years ago)

    Treacle sponge

  91. Tee simpson
    July 24, 2016 at 3:45 pm (2 years ago)

    i like baking banana loaf

  92. Linda Thorn
    July 24, 2016 at 4:08 pm (2 years ago)

    I love chocolate pudding because it is made in so many ways,
    So many techniques,
    Leaves me in a haze,
    It can be made up with many streams,
    Or made up with many swirls
    And then add chocolate icecream,
    Or a just double cream

  93. Anneka Hulse
    July 24, 2016 at 4:50 pm (2 years ago)

    lemon cupcakes

  94. Gerri Tennant
    July 24, 2016 at 5:41 pm (2 years ago)

    My daughter in law is turning into a wonderful baker and loves making cup cakes amongst other things and even made a cupcake wedding cake for her friend.

  95. Ruth Wollerton
    July 24, 2016 at 5:56 pm (2 years ago)

    I love baking cupcakes with my boys as we have so much fun decorating and eating them. Thanks

  96. Rebecca
    July 24, 2016 at 6:35 pm (2 years ago)

    Defo cupcakes

  97. jayne hobson
    July 24, 2016 at 6:42 pm (2 years ago)

    scones and biscuits

  98. louise Evans
    July 24, 2016 at 6:52 pm (2 years ago)

    chocolate concrete

  99. Chris Bull
    July 24, 2016 at 7:04 pm (2 years ago)

    Apple turnovers 🙂

  100. Beryl drake
    July 24, 2016 at 7:16 pm (2 years ago)

    Coffee and walnut cake

  101. George Wright
    July 24, 2016 at 9:03 pm (2 years ago)

    Lemon & poppy seed cake!

  102. Karl Borowy
    July 24, 2016 at 9:08 pm (2 years ago)


  103. Georgina Holden
    July 24, 2016 at 9:14 pm (2 years ago)

    Hmmmm cake

  104. Eve Ogden
    July 24, 2016 at 10:23 pm (2 years ago)

    Ginger bread all the way

  105. Natalie Crossan
    July 24, 2016 at 10:43 pm (2 years ago)

    Carrot cake 🙂 xx


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