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
 
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Ingredients
Dough:
  • 135ml (1/2 cup + 1tbsp) milk
  • 5g (1½ tsp) fast action yeast
  • 25g (2 tbsp) caster sugar
  • 250g (2 cups + 1tbsp) plain flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 35g (2 tbsp) soft, unsalted butter
Topping:
  • 180g (3/4 cup) unsalted butter
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 180g (3/4 cup + 2tbsp) caster sugar
  • 40g (1/3 cup) plain flour
Instructions
  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.
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

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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 (7 months ago)

    I love to bake cakes and quiches at the moment!

    Reply
  2. Hayley F
    July 6, 2016 at 9:40 am (7 months ago)

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

    Reply
  3. iain maciver
    July 6, 2016 at 11:39 am (7 months ago)

    apple pie

    Reply
  4. Tracey Peach
    July 6, 2016 at 12:07 pm (7 months ago)

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

    Reply
  5. Annabel Greaves
    July 6, 2016 at 1:48 pm (7 months ago)

    Fairy cakes

    Reply
  6. lucy higgins
    July 6, 2016 at 1:49 pm (7 months ago)

    I love to bake carrot cake as its so delicious

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

    Cupcakes.

    Reply
  8. Donna Loxton
    July 6, 2016 at 5:41 pm (7 months ago)

    Victoria sponge

    Reply
  9. Susan Smith
    July 6, 2016 at 6:10 pm (7 months ago)

    I love to bake cakes and biscuits

    Reply
  10. laura banks
    July 6, 2016 at 6:26 pm (7 months ago)

    maltesers cupcakes

    Reply
  11. Angela McDonald
    July 7, 2016 at 4:57 am (6 months ago)

    I love to bake Coffee Walnut Cake!

    Reply
  12. Ylek13
    July 7, 2016 at 6:11 am (6 months 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.

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

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

    That cake sounds delicious!

    Katie xoxo

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

    I’m into baking lemon drizzle cakes at the moment

    Reply
  15. Heather Haigh
    July 7, 2016 at 7:59 am (6 months ago)

    I like to make a lushciious, moist chocolate cake.

    Reply
  16. Hannah Owen
    July 7, 2016 at 8:07 am (6 months ago)

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

    Reply
  17. angela boucher
    July 7, 2016 at 9:00 am (6 months 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.

    Reply
  18. Tammy Tudor
    July 7, 2016 at 11:16 am (6 months ago)

    I love to bake brownies

    Reply
  19. simone bishop
    July 7, 2016 at 1:04 pm (6 months ago)

    Rhubarb crumble or Victorian sponge cake. 🙂

    Reply
  20. laura stewart
    July 7, 2016 at 1:13 pm (6 months ago)

    chocolate fudge cake x

    Reply
  21. amy bondoc
    July 7, 2016 at 1:57 pm (6 months ago)

    i love baking cookies with my daughter and apple pie too

    Reply
  22. Kerry Taylor
    July 7, 2016 at 4:24 pm (6 months ago)

    Banana bread, because my little boy loves it 😀

    Reply
  23. C Kennedy
    July 7, 2016 at 4:52 pm (6 months ago)

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

    Reply
  24. Jo Carroll
    July 7, 2016 at 7:43 pm (6 months 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 🙂

    Reply
  25. helen tovell
    July 7, 2016 at 9:05 pm (6 months ago)

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

    Reply
  26. Samantha
    July 7, 2016 at 9:23 pm (6 months ago)

    Granny loaf is my favourite cake to make

    Reply
  27. Stephanie Keill
    July 7, 2016 at 10:21 pm (6 months ago)

    Red velvet chocolate is a big favourite with my family

    Reply
  28. LP
    July 8, 2016 at 10:02 am (6 months ago)

    cupcakes or flapjack

    Reply
  29. Rebecca Cusick
    July 8, 2016 at 10:30 am (6 months ago)

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

    Reply
  30. Emma Dormer
    July 8, 2016 at 10:38 am (6 months ago)

    A classic victoria sponge cake XX

    Reply
  31. Ellie Jones
    July 8, 2016 at 10:39 am (6 months ago)

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

    Reply
  32. Colleen
    July 8, 2016 at 12:07 pm (6 months 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!

    Reply
  33. jo liddement
    July 8, 2016 at 12:08 pm (6 months ago)

    I enjoy baking bread and scones

    Reply
  34. michelle@oblogoff
    July 8, 2016 at 3:07 pm (6 months ago)

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

    Reply
  35. nadia@maisontravers
    July 8, 2016 at 4:30 pm (6 months ago)

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

    Reply
  36. Annette Oliver
    July 8, 2016 at 5:26 pm (6 months ago)

    I like baking cakes

    Reply
  37. Suchitra
    July 8, 2016 at 7:17 pm (6 months ago)

    A very interesting read! Have a great weekend!

    Reply
  38. Laura Nice
    July 9, 2016 at 10:01 am (6 months ago)

    Victoria sponge

    Reply
  39. grainne marnell-fox
    July 9, 2016 at 3:07 pm (6 months ago)

    cupcakes

    Reply
  40. Sarah
    July 9, 2016 at 8:35 pm (6 months ago)

    This looks so yummy!

    Reply
  41. Solange
    July 9, 2016 at 8:40 pm (6 months ago)

    Red Velvet Cupcakes

    Reply
  42. Jo Hutchinson
    July 9, 2016 at 11:17 pm (6 months ago)

    I love to bake fruity scones.

    Reply
  43. apuginthekitchen
    July 10, 2016 at 1:07 am (6 months ago)

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

    Reply
  44. tentimestea
    July 10, 2016 at 5:01 pm (6 months 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!

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  45. Kim Styles
    July 10, 2016 at 9:35 pm (6 months ago)

    I love to bake my own recipe for Barm Brack

    Reply
  46. Susan Williams
    July 11, 2016 at 12:20 pm (6 months ago)

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

    Reply
  47. Carol Emmett
    July 12, 2016 at 8:28 am (6 months ago)

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

    Reply
  48. Corinne Peat
    July 13, 2016 at 6:48 am (6 months ago)

    Chocolate fudge traybake.

    Reply
  49. Rachel Butterworth
    July 13, 2016 at 8:04 pm (6 months ago)

    American Style Baked Cheesecake.

    Reply
  50. carole nott
    July 13, 2016 at 9:11 pm (6 months ago)

    any type of chocolate cake and chocolate cookies

    Reply
  51. Lucy Major
    July 13, 2016 at 9:16 pm (6 months ago)

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

    Reply
  52. Jemma Dwyer
    July 14, 2016 at 7:13 pm (6 months ago)

    carrot cake i love making x

    Reply
  53. Michelle Ferguson
    July 15, 2016 at 9:05 pm (6 months ago)

    I love to make lemon drizzle cake

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

    I love making cookies and cakes

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

    It has to be my cherry and amaretto brownies!

    Reply
  56. Emma Ellams
    July 18, 2016 at 8:55 pm (6 months ago)

    Nutella and banana cake 🙂

    Reply
  57. Laura bryant
    July 19, 2016 at 3:22 pm (6 months ago)

    Butterfly cakes

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

    Cherry pie x

    Reply
  59. Sarah Lee
    July 20, 2016 at 11:28 am (6 months ago)

    I like making carrot cake

    Reply
  60. Allan Wilson
    July 21, 2016 at 10:12 am (6 months ago)

    Brownies

    Reply
  61. donna l jones
    July 22, 2016 at 8:56 am (6 months ago)

    lemon drizzle cake

    Reply
  62. Jayne Kelsall
    July 22, 2016 at 11:14 am (6 months ago)

    I love baking biscuits and cookies for the children .x

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

    Chocolate Brownies

    Reply
  64. Sarah Casey
    July 22, 2016 at 7:16 pm (6 months ago)

    Well that looks yummy! Will be trying this soon.

    Reply
  65. Sarah Casey
    July 22, 2016 at 7:18 pm (6 months ago)

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

    Reply
  66. Annette Oliver
    July 22, 2016 at 8:21 pm (6 months ago)

    Chocolate cake

    Reply
  67. Daisy Belle
    July 23, 2016 at 7:55 am (6 months ago)

    Wow looks wonderful.

    Reply
  68. Lauren Old
    July 23, 2016 at 8:00 am (6 months ago)

    Flapjacks!

    Reply
  69. Sally Collingwood
    July 23, 2016 at 10:29 am (6 months ago)

    Cakes, every type

    Reply
  70. Ann Williams
    July 23, 2016 at 11:02 am (6 months ago)

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

    Reply
  71. Joanne Hurn
    July 23, 2016 at 11:20 am (6 months ago)

    Any sort of cake

    Reply
  72. Andrew Hindley
    July 23, 2016 at 12:14 pm (6 months ago)

    Love making Chorley Cakes

    Reply
  73. Susan Jackson
    July 23, 2016 at 2:29 pm (6 months ago)

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

    Reply
  74. lucy beckett
    July 23, 2016 at 3:11 pm (6 months ago)

    love polenta cake and carrot cake! NOM

    Reply
  75. carol boffey
    July 23, 2016 at 6:23 pm (6 months ago)

    Cupcakes

    Reply
  76. Vanessa F
    July 23, 2016 at 8:16 pm (6 months ago)

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

    Reply
  77. EJ Dunn
    July 23, 2016 at 9:14 pm (6 months ago)

    Banana loaf

    Reply
  78. Marie Jacobs
    July 23, 2016 at 10:55 pm (6 months ago)

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

    Reply
  79. Amanda Young
    July 23, 2016 at 11:22 pm (6 months ago)

    brownies!

    Reply
  80. Joanna Kasznicki
    July 24, 2016 at 12:27 am (6 months ago)

    Apple and raisin muffins

    Reply
  81. Julie Camm
    July 24, 2016 at 8:38 am (6 months ago)

    I enjoy baking cookies and cupcakes….

    Reply
  82. Laura Harrison
    July 24, 2016 at 8:41 am (6 months ago)

    Lemon drizzle cake, very yummy xxx

    Reply
  83. kim neville
    July 24, 2016 at 9:03 am (6 months ago)

    Chocolate brownies

    Reply
  84. Hayley Todd
    July 24, 2016 at 9:32 am (6 months 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!

    Reply
  85. Allan Fullarton
    July 24, 2016 at 10:34 am (6 months ago)

    Fairy cakes – the kids love them.

    Reply
  86. Miss Tracy Hanson
    July 24, 2016 at 11:57 am (6 months 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. 🙂

    Reply
  87. kelly morgan
    July 24, 2016 at 12:17 pm (6 months ago)

    a basic lemon sponge is my favourite thing to bake

    Reply
  88. Gem Cook (Gem Gem)
    July 24, 2016 at 12:33 pm (6 months ago)

    I love to bake chocolate brownies.

    Reply
  89. Chris Fletcher
    July 24, 2016 at 1:16 pm (6 months ago)

    I love baking Carrot Cake!

    Reply
  90. Caroline Buckley
    July 24, 2016 at 2:26 pm (6 months ago)

    Treacle sponge

    Reply
  91. Tee simpson
    July 24, 2016 at 3:45 pm (6 months ago)

    i like baking banana loaf

    Reply
  92. Linda Thorn
    July 24, 2016 at 4:08 pm (6 months 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

    Reply
  93. Anneka Hulse
    July 24, 2016 at 4:50 pm (6 months ago)

    lemon cupcakes

    Reply
  94. Gerri Tennant
    July 24, 2016 at 5:41 pm (6 months 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.

    Reply
  95. Ruth Wollerton
    July 24, 2016 at 5:56 pm (6 months ago)

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

    Reply
  96. Rebecca
    July 24, 2016 at 6:35 pm (6 months ago)

    Defo cupcakes

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

    scones and biscuits

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

    chocolate concrete

    Reply
  99. Chris Bull
    July 24, 2016 at 7:04 pm (6 months ago)

    Apple turnovers 🙂

    Reply
  100. Beryl drake
    July 24, 2016 at 7:16 pm (6 months ago)

    Coffee and walnut cake

    Reply
  101. George Wright
    July 24, 2016 at 9:03 pm (6 months ago)

    Lemon & poppy seed cake!

    Reply
  102. Karl Borowy
    July 24, 2016 at 9:08 pm (6 months ago)

    CARROT CAKE

    Reply
  103. Georgina Holden
    July 24, 2016 at 9:14 pm (6 months ago)

    Hmmmm cake

    Reply
  104. Eve Ogden
    July 24, 2016 at 10:23 pm (6 months ago)

    Ginger bread all the way

    Reply
  105. Natalie Crossan
    July 24, 2016 at 10:43 pm (6 months ago)

    Carrot cake 🙂 xx

    Reply

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