German Onion Pie {Zwiebelkuchen}

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This savory Onion Pie is known as Zwiebelkuchen in Germany, translating to “Onion Cake.” It’s a pie with caramelized onions, bacon and topped with an egg mixture.

German Onion Pie {Zwiebelkuchen}

In Germany this German Onion Pie {Zwiebelkuchen} translates to an Onion Cake.

I have never been to Germany myself, but my Mom and Joe have been loads of times.  This is them enjoying Oktoberfest last year.

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German Onion Pie {Zwiebelkuchen} -- An Affair from Heart

When they returned home, Joe told me about this “Onion Cake” they had at a B&B they stayed in in Gau-Bickelheim, Germany.

“Onion CAKE?!?!” was my first thought and “blech!!” was my second.  Turns out, it’s not really a cake at all.  It’s a savory pie, similar to a quiche.  Now we’re talking, I told him.  He had gotten the recipe, and asked me to make it for him.  I decided I would wait, until the Vadalia onions were in season, because, I just love them so!

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The recipe starts out with 2 pounds of onions.  I know that sounds like  A LOT of onions, but look at how much they cook down! The only fat you are cooking with is the 5 ounces of bacon.

German Onion Pie {Zwiebelkuchen}

Here are the onions all caramelized with the bacon pieces, ready to go into the pie crust!

German Onion Pie {Zwiebelkuchen}

Fill up the pie crust — while you enjoy the heavenly aroma in your kitchen!

German Onion Pie {Zwiebelkuchen}

Over the top a slightly seasoned mixture of egg and sour cream is poured over and the “cake” bakes up for about 40 minutes in the oven.

German Onion Pie {Zwiebelkuchen}

I was concerned that it was getting too brown.  My Mom assured me that it looked just like the one they enjoyed in  Gau-Bickelheim.  Let it sit for about 5 minutes before slicing it.

German Onion Pie {Zwiebelkuchen}

It was a wonderful meal.  We will be having this often.

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German Onion Pie {Zwiebelkuchen}

This savory Onion Pie is known as Zwiebelkuchen in Germany, translating to "Onion Cake." It's a pie with caramelized onions, bacon and topped with an egg mixture.
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time40 minutes
Additional Time40 minutes
Total Time1 hour 50 minutes
Cuisine: German
Keyword: German Onion Pie {Zwiebelkuchen}
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 325kcal
Author: Michaela Kenkel


  • 1 pie crust
  • 2 pounds onions sliced or chopped
  • 5 ounces bacon chopped
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 4 eggs
  • paprika
  • salt
  • caraway seeds optional


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Line a 9" deep dish pie plate with a pie crust. Set aside.
  • Saute onions and bacon until onions are a nice caramel color and bacon is cooked. give it a sprinkling of paprika and salt.
  • Pour onion/bacon mixture into pie crust.
  • Mix sour cream and eggs together and pour over onion mixture.
  • (if you are using caraway seeds sprinkle some over the top)
  • Bake for 40 minutes. Let set for 5 minutes before slicing.


I did not use caraway seeds, as I am not a fan. If you love them, I would sprinkle some on!


Serving: 1g | Calories: 325kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 128mg | Sodium: 509mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g

Not knowing the background of this recipe and following a recipe that was somewhat vague, I sliced my onions and left the bacon in more bite sized pieces.  I started doing a bit of research and found this recipe/write up from another site with their version of this onion cake.  They chopped the onions and the bacon a little finer, and made this in a spring form pan.  You might also want to pre bake the crust just slightly to prevent the crust from slumping.


I thought you may like to read the traditional post, I know that I did!

Zwiebelkuchen (German Onion Pie) by The Daring Gourmet

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  1. This German quiche-like pie looks delicious. It seems that most European cuisines have some version of this – different names and certainly different add-ins, but all basically an egg pie with a crust. Love the combination in this one of caramelized onions and bacon.

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