Japanese Baumkuchen

by David Ng

in Food

Japanese Baumkuchen
It all started three summers ago… Every time I walked into the store, you had your eyes on me but my eyes were directed at something else. How foolish was I to not see your beautiful eyes? We could have met earlier but my foolishness has cost us time. Alas, this winter sale has helped us by and caused us to finally collide. If we had only met earlier… my sweet…baumkuchen.

So anyways…baumkuchen is a treat that was originally made in Europe. The country that actually invented it is unknown but its name comes from German meaning “tree cake.” (For its tree ring like appearance)
Japanese Baumkuchen
The treat made its way into Japan and became one of the most popular pastry dishes. This is a Japanese version I picked it up at a local Japanese Market-Mitsuwa.

The taste resembles more of a cookie than a cake and the texture is not as spongy as a sponge cake. But still pretty good.

  • http://food.theplainjane.com/ Mary

    Whoa, that cake looks cool! I think I need to visit the Japanese market again.

  • pigpigscorner

    wow, this is really cool! Reminds me of Indonesian layered cake.

  • http://www.tastehongkong.com/ TasteHongKong

    Baking this multi-layered cake is most or less like producing a piece of art, isn't it?

  • http://www.nibbleanibble.com/ Dave

    Yea, the Japanese market has some pretty amazing stuff.

  • http://www.nibbleanibble.com/ Dave

    Never tried that before but definitely would when I get the chance.

  • http://www.nibbleanibble.com/ Dave

    I think the process of making any food is art.

  • http://bakeandbloom.com/ Shannon @ bakeandbloom.com

    :o That looks amazing, it really does look like a peice of timber at first. Just beautiful

  • http://kristygourmet.blogspot.com/ kristy

    Hi Dave, thanks for stopping by my blog earlier and nice to meet you. I've seen the whole process of this cake before through TV and they even have the cake wrapped with an apple in the center. Really gorgeous! And of coz, lots of work! Btw, your blog looks stunning. I love all the photos posted here. Absolutely beautiful! Thanks for sharing and hope to hear from you more often.
    Have a great weekend!
    Cheers, Kristy

  • Lemonpi

    It's a shame I haven't really seen baumkuchen here. I was introduced to it while on holiday in Japan, and am fascinated by it's appearance. Of course, it tastes rather nice too!

  • kitchenbutterfly

    Hmm…..need to look out for them next time I'm across the border


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