Baumkuchen, popularly known as the king of cakes, is a type of cake which derives its name from a German word and means tree cake as it is usually made in layers and resembles the rings of a tree popular in many cuisines including Europe and Japan where it is served as a dessert. A typical Baumkuchen has 15 to 20 layers and has the height of three to four feet. This cake is also known as tree cake or log cake.
History And Origin Of Baumkuchen Recipe
There are many stories related to the origin and time of invention of this cake. One of them being that a tree cake was first made in Salzwedel, a German town. According to other sources, the cake was first prepared as a wedding cake in Hungary. The cake has been mentioned in Ein new Kochbuch (A New Cookbook), written by Marx Rumpolt which states that this tree cake was first made in 1581. Not only this, the cake as per other theories was invented in Ancient Greece and then it became popular in Rome. From Rome, it reached Germany and became popular thereafter. Traditionally the cake was made with plain milk or white chocolate and was decorated with chip chocolate.Karl Joseph William introduced this cake to Japan post World War I, when he started selling these cakes in Hiroshima in 1919.
Method of Preparation And Ingredients Used: Baumkuchen Recipe
To make Baumkuchen, the ingredients which are needed include butter, sugar, eggs, rum, lemon rind, salt, almonds, flour, starch, apricot jam and icing. Butter and sugar are blended to a thick and creamy mixture, to which egg yolks, lemon rind, flour, salt, almonds, and starch are stirred in to form asmooth batter and baked in a greased springform pan. The method is followed repeatedly till the time 15-20 layers are prepared. Once done, the cake is topped with apricot jam and decorated with icing of choice. The layers are separated from each other by a golden line.
Tree Cakes in Different Cuisines
Japan- The cake is given as return gift on weddings to the guests.
Austria- The cake is known as Prügelkrapfen and is usually served as snack.
Poland- A multilayered cake called Sekacz is popular in Polish cuisine.
Hungary- Kürtőskalács is a similar type of cake made in Hungary. This cake is usually cooked on spit.
Luxemberg- The cake is called Baamkuch and is prepared for wedding ceremonies and other celebrations.
Adept pastry chefs make Baumkuchen with 25 layers having a height of 4-5 feet and weight over 100 pounds.