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German Sunny Side Up Tarts – Traditional German Easter Dessert

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German “Sunny Side Up” apricot cream tarts – small cakes with apricots and a delicious quark or mascarpone cream! A traditional  German Easter Dessert you will love! Jump to Recipe

German sunny side up tartles filled with halved canned apricots

Mini Sunny Side Up Tarts – a modern elegant spin on a classic German Easter cake! Spiegeleierkuchen or Sunny Side Up Cake tastes delicious year-round but is especially fun around Easter!

With the halved apricots placed in the middle of a quark cream, this traditional German Easter dessert resembles sunny-side-up eggs. 

The little girl in me thinks that food in disguise is super duper fun! Who’s with me? Nobody minds when April Fools’ prank turns out sweet, right?

Why we love these German apricot cream tarts

  • This dessert yields 8 servings but can be halved or doubled
  • It’s fun for kids and adults alike.
  • It’s such a cheerful and sunny dessert, perfect for Easter
  • It’s budget-friendly.

close-up of a sunny side up tart topped with a halved apricot

German Sunny Side Up Tarts for Easter Brunch 

The classic sunny-side-up cake consists of a layer of cheesecake cream made with quark or mascarpone spread on a base of sponge cake, then topped with apricot halves.

The trick is to distribute the apricots or peaches on the cake in such a way that they look like many small fried eggs.

These individual-sized mini German fried egg cakes with quark and apricots are a real hit in terms of taste and appearance and are perfect for Easter.

For Easter brunch, we all like to offer a variety of delicacies. I’m thinking of Grandma’s Raffaello cake, strawberry mascarpone dessert or my German Egg Liqueur Sheet Cake.

The best solution here is to offer individual-sized desserts like these small sunny side up tarts so that you can try several things. 

The elegant miniature version is at least as delicious as the sheet cake. Frohe Ostern – that’s Happy Easter in Germany! 

shortcrust pastry in a metal bowl

Tips for perfect shortcrust pastry for tartlets

Tartes and tartelettes make me happy. How so? The combination of the crumbly base and filled with a good cream is simply the best. Don’t you think so?

We want a tender, thin and buttery shortcrust pastry base that is just thick enough to be able to pick it up without breakage. Here are a few tips for making the shortcrust pastry. 

Don’t overwork

  • When making the pastry keep the kneading time as short as possible so that the dough temperature remains low.
  • The cooler the dough is, the easier it is to work with later.
  • Therefore knead the shortcrust pastry just until you get an even dough and all the ingredients are combined If your shortcrust pastry is kneaded for too long, the pastry will be tough.

How do you keep shortcrust pastry crisp?

No one likes a soggy bottom. To ensure your shortcrust is crisp, place a heavy baking sheet in the oven while it is heating up. When you’re ready, place the tartlets directly on the heated tray.

Blind baking  tartlets – yes or no

The mini tarts do not have to be lined with baking paper or weighed down with pulses or lentils for baking. Thanks to the previous cooling, the shortcrust pastry keeps its shape and does not collapse.


  • You can replace the quark with mascarpone
  • The quark mass also tastes great if you mix in some German Egg Liqueur
  • For this recipe, I recommend tartelette molds with removable bases
  • If you do not use the shortcrust pastry on the same day, you can also use granulated sugar or refined sugar. Powdered sugar is best for same-day processing. The icing sugar does not have to be sieved for shortcrust pastry.
  • Canned apricot halves – I highly recommend Del Monte apricots. The halves are firm and perfectly shaped. Some other brands were too soft and fell apart.
  • Don’t forget to pat the apricots dry! Otherwise, their juice is going to ruin the cream layer.


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German Sunny Side Up Mini Tarts for Easter
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German Sunny Side Up Mini Tarts for Easter

Fried egg tarts - round mini fried egg cakes with apricots and quark or mascarpone! Tender shortcrust pastry base filled with quark cream without baking! The tarts are perfect for Easter.

Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine German
Keyword German Easter dessert
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 230 kcal



  • 120 grams butter 1/2 cup
  • 90 g powdered sugar 3/4 cups
  • 1 egg
  • 280 g wheat flour type 405 1 3/4 cups (weigh it)
  • a pinch of salt
  • half a teaspoon of vanilla paste


  • 350 g quark 20% 1 1/2 cups - mascarpone
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp lemon zest
  • 75 g sugar 1/3 cup
  • 200 grams whipped cream 1 cup
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 12 apricot halves can
  • Powdered sugar for dusting


  1. Knead the soft butter together with the powdered sugar, vanilla paste and a pinch of salt.

  2. Now beat an egg into the butter mix and knead together. Then add the flour and knead slowly.

  3. Knead the shortcrust pastry until you get an even dough and all the ingredients are combined. Keep the kneading time as short as possible so that the dough temperature remains low.

  4. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees (360 F). Grease 8 tartlet molds (Ø 10cm) well.

  5. Roll out the fresh shortcrust pastry between two sheets of baking paper to the desired thickness. No chilling - we roll it out right away. This saves you a step and you can use the shortcrust pastry immediately after it has cooled.

  6. Place the rolled out shortcrust pastry in the fridge for 30 minutes (alternatively: overnight).
  7. For tartlets: place the rounds of dough in the greased tartlet molds and press down to create an even edge. Prick the dough in the molds several times with a fork. Cover and chill for about 30 minutes or place in the freezer.

  8. Bake in a preheated oven at 160 C for about 20 minutes until golden. Allow the tarts to cool after baking. If you are not satisfied with the edge of the tart after baking or if there are irregularities on the surface, you can carefully remove them with a knife or a grater.

  9. For making mini tarts in a muffin tin, shape the dough into a roll and cut into 12 pieces. Form each piece into a ball, roll out on a lightly floured surface (approx. 11 cm in diameter). Line the muffin cases with it, press the dough up at the edge. Bake the muffin tartlets in the preheated oven (electric stove: 200 °C/convection: 175 °C/gas: level 3) for approx. 12 minutes. Leave to cool for approx. 10 minutes, then turn out of the molds or the tin and leave to cool


  1. Mix the quark, lemon juice, lemon zest, 75 g sugar and vanilla with a hand mixer. Whip the cream until stiff peaks form and fold in.

  2. Dust the edges with powdered sugar. Fill the tarts with cream. Place 1 apricot half on top.

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