Baumkuchen is a kind of layered cake which is a traditional dessert in many countries throughout Europe and it is also a popular snack and dessert in Japan. The characteristic rings that appear when the cake is sliced resemble tree rings, and give the sweet its German name, Baumkuchen, which literally translates to "tree cake" or "log cake".
Baumkuchen ingredients typically consist of butter, eggs, sugar, vanilla, salt, and flour, but still, the recipe can be varied by adding other components such as ground nuts, honey, marzipan, nougat and rum or brandy to the batter or filling.
Traditionally, Baumkuchen is made on a spit by brushing on even layers of batter and then rotating the spit around a heat source. When the cake is removed and sliced, each layer is divided from the next by a golden line, resembling the growth rings on a crosscut tree. A typical Baumkuchen is made up of 15 to 20 layers of batter, however, the layering process for making Baumkuchen can continue until the cakes are quite large. Skilled pastry chefs have been known to create cakes with 25 layers and weighing over 100 pounds. Additionally, Baumkuchen may be covered with sugar or chocolate glaze and served at table as a delicious sweet treat complemented with a cup of good tea or coffee.
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