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Our chef Franz Schönegger indulges you with various culinary highlights from his gourmet cuisine: traditional Gastein valley delicacies as well as international specialties. With his team he continuously creates new and delicious meals.

Our head chef, Franz Schönegger, divulges his recipe for one of the delicious creations from our patisserie for you to bake at home.

Plum cake

Quantities for a usual household baking tray


1 ½ kg plums
180 g butter
180 g sugar
4 Eggs (large)
375 g cake flour
1 level tsp.* baking powder
4 heaped tbsp.** vanilla sugar
3 tbsp. milk

Exclusive tip from our patissière:
4 tbsp. apricot jam (level or heaped tablespoons according to taste)
70 g sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon (level or heaped teaspoon according to taste)

*level teaspoon
**heaped tablespoon


Wash, de-seed and quarter the plums before placing them aside.

Stir the butter with a hand mixer until foamy. Add the sugar and stir until the mixture is whitish. Add the eggs bit by bit and continue to stir on the highest setting, until everything is light and frothy. Mix the flour, baking powder and vanilla sugar and stir quickly into the mixture. Add milk until the mixture becomes smooth.

Then preheat the oven to 175° C upper/lower heat and line the baking tin with baking paper. Roll the mixture out in the baking tray while the oven is heating and spread the apricot jam over it, if desired. 

Cover the mixture with the plum quarters and bake for around 30 minutes on the middle rack of the oven.

The plum cake is ready when the cake is a golden brown between the fruits.

Should you wish, mix cinnamon and sugar and sprinkle them on the hot plum cake. 

We hope it goes well - Bon appetit!

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Our experienced service team will gladly inform you about the meals in the restaurants at the Hotel EUROPÄISCHER HOF. Every year our staff takes part in various service and cuisine prize competitions. Several national and regional champions have emerged from our hotel.

If you would like to get to know Austrian cuisine more closely, we recommend a visit to the hotel’s own Gasteiner Klause. Regional delicacies will be served here in a rustic atmosphere.

We are looking forward to your visit at the 5-star Hotel EUROPÄISCHER HOF. Send us your no-obligation holiday enquiry today.