Tote Oma

I understand now. “Tote Oma” is a term that has been used humorously to refer to a cake in Germany. It translates to “Dead Grandma,” but in this context, it’s not meant to be offensive. Here’s a simple recipe for the “Tote Oma” cake:

Tote Oma Cake Recipe


For the Cake:

  • 200g (1 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 200g (1 cup) granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 200g (1 2/3 cups) all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 4 tablespoons hot water

For the Frosting:

  • 200g (1 cup) powdered sugar
  • 100g (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons hot water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the Oven: Preheat your oven to 180°C (350°F). Grease and flour a 9-inch round cake pan.
  2. Prepare the Batter:
    • In a large bowl, cream together the softened butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
    • Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
    • In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
    • Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing well.
    • In a small bowl, mix the cocoa powder with hot water until smooth. Add this chocolate mixture and vanilla extract to the batter. Mix until combined.
  3. Bake the Cake: Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan and smooth the top. Bake in the preheated oven for about 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow the cake to cool completely.
  4. Prepare the Frosting:
    • In a bowl, sift together powdered sugar and cocoa powder.
    • In another bowl, beat the softened butter until creamy. Gradually add the powdered sugar and cocoa mixture, alternating with hot water. Add vanilla extract and beat until smooth.
  5. Assemble the Cake:
    • Once the cake has cooled, spread the chocolate frosting over the top and sides of the cake.
    • Optional: You can decorate the cake with chocolate shavings, sprinkles, or chopped nuts.

Enjoy your “Tote Oma” cake! Remember, the name is just a humorous way of referring to the deliciousness of the cake in German culture.

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