Kreuzberg's 'Mr. Minsch' Serves Up Traditional Cakes Wrapped In A New Design Andreas Minsch has probably spent more time with pots and pans than most people. The 42 year-old pastry chef worked in Chicago, New York, and Barcelona before settling down in Berlin to open up his own pastry shop, "Mr. Minsch," in Kreuzberg.
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Kreuzberg's 'Mr. Minsch' Serves Up Traditional Cakes Wrapped In A New Design

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Kreuzberg's 'Mr. Minsch' Serves Up Traditional Cakes Wrapped In A New Design

Kreuzberg's 'Mr. Minsch' Serves Up Traditional Cakes Wrapped In A New Design

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"Mr. Minsch" is located at Yorckstr. 15, 10965 Berlin Courtesy of Mr. Minsch hide caption

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"Mr. Minsch" is located at Yorckstr. 15, 10965 Berlin

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Andreas Minsch has spent more time with pots and pans than most people. His parents are professional cooks and introduced him to the kitchen at an early age.

Minsch says he soon fell in love with baking, sort of.

"I didn't bake the cake. I just made the dough and ate the dough raw I liked it so much."

These days, Minsch is more into strawberry almond cake. He has pursued a career as a master pastry chef, working in Chicago, New York and Barcelona. Five years ago, he settled down in Berlin and opened up his own pastry shop, "Mr. Minsch," in Kreuzberg.

"I make these traditional cakes, and I wrap it in a new design. After a while, you know, oh I want to have less sugar, more nutty or more chocolate. So you start changing around the ingredients. In the end, I get, for my taste, the perfect Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte."

Black Forrest cake is one of his biggest sellers, but the 42 year-old can make anything with sugar, flour, butter, eggs, and chocolate - from cakes that look like a handbag to a pair of shoes to a skull. Inspired by the royal wedding of Kate and William, the pastry chef says he created a very British cake for his Berlin customers.

Andreas Minsch created this wedding cake on Kate and William's royal wedding day for his customers in Berlin. Courtesy of Mr. Minsch hide caption

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"I had a five level wedding cake. It was all lime green with green roses and yellow sugar ornaments, and the cake was in chocolate 'After Eight.'"

"Mr. Minsch" doesn't look like your average pastry shop. The walls are painted in creme colors. Vintage shelves from a hospital and pharmacy cabinets surround a large marble-topped table on wheels. Each day, 25 different types of cake are prepared in the tiny 33 square meter space. The customers never step inside; instead they make their choice through the glass storefront and are served through a window.

Andreas Minsch says he visualized his pastry shop as a 50's style laboratory.

"I was trying to change the whole concept of the pastry shop, because in Germany they very much look like funeral homes."