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German Song Lyrics

German Songs for Children

Backe, backe Kuchen
Bake, Bake, a Cake! ("Pat-a-Cake")

This is a traditional German children's song and nursery rhyme. In some ways it is similar to the English nursery rhyme "Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, baker's man..." (see below).

Melodie: Traditional
Text: Traditional


Backe, backe Kuchen,
Der Bäcker hat gerufen!
Wer will gute Kuchen backen,
Der muss haben sieben Sachen:
Eier und Schmalz,
Butter und Salz,
Milch und Mehl,
Safran macht den Kuchen gel'! (gelb)
Schieb in den Ofen 'rein.
(Morgen muss er fertig sein.)

Backe, backe Kuchen,
der Bäcker hat gerufen,
hat gerufen die ganze Nacht,
(Name des Kindes) hat keinen
   Teig gebracht,
kriegt er auch kein' Kuchen.

Bake, bake a cake
The baker has called!
He who wants to bake good cakes
Must have seven things:
Eggs and lard,
Butter and salt,
Milk and flour,
Saffron makes the cake yel(low)!
Shove it into the oven.
(Tomorrow it must be done.)

Bake, bake a cake
The baker has called!
He called all night.
(Child's name) brought
   no dough,
and he won't get any cake.

Melody: Backe, backe Kuchen (Midi from ingeb.org)
Also see "Pat-a-Cake" below...

MORE > German Songs for Children

Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake,
Baker's man!
Bake me a cake
As fast as you can.
  altern. verse...
(So do I master,
As fast as I can.)

Pat it, and prick it,
And mark it with a T,
And put it in the oven,
For Tommy and me.

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