Baumkuchen or tree cake

Baumkuchen is a German variety of spit cake. It is a traditional pastry of many European countries throughout, and also a popular snack and dessert in Japan. The characteristic rings that when sliced resemble tree rings, and give the cake its German name, Baumkuchen, which literally translates to “tree cake”.


Cake Batter
4 whole eggs
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup milk
2 tbsp dark rum (optional)
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown butter
1/2 cup cake flour

Chocolate Glaze
1 cup dark chocolate
1/2 cup heavy cream
1tbsp dark rum (optional)
1/2 envelope of gelatin
1/2 cup water

Recipe by Bryon Talbott, see more recipes from Bryon here.