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See also: kuchen, Küchen, and küchen-



  • IPA(key): /ˈkuːxən/, [ˈkuːxn̩], [ˈkuːχn̩], [-ən]
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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle High German kuoche, from Old High German kuohho, from Proto-Germanic *kōkô. Compare Dutch koek.


Kuchen m (strong, genitive Kuchens, plural Kuchen, diminutive Küchlein n or Küchelchen n)

  1. pie; cake; tart (foodstuff made of baked dough, other than bread)
Usage notes[edit]
  • Kuchen can refer to almost any foodstuff that is made of dough, baked in a pan or oven, and considered fit for consumption by itself (unlike bread). Which sorts are in fact called Kuchen and which are not, is mainly a matter of tradition, for which no clear rule can be given. For example, Pizza is not included in the term, unlike the rather similar Zwiebelkuchen (onion tart) and Flammkuchen. While most Kuchen have pieces cut from them, the northern German Schmalzkuchen are bite-sized. Similarly, most Kuchen are made of flour, but Reibekuchen are made of potatoes.
  • All that said, the prototypical Kuchen is a fairly large, sweet pastry similar to the English cake.
Related terms[edit]
  • English: kuchen
  • Portuguese: cuca, cuque
  • Spanish: kuchen
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Etymology 2[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

Kuchen n (proper noun, genitive Kuchens or (optionally with an article) Kuchen)

  1. A town in Baden-Württemberg, Germany

Further reading[edit]




  1. plural of Kuch