Baumkuchen is actually made by pouring the cake batter or brushing the batter onto a rotating spit ! as the spit rotates and more batter is added it becomes wider and creates the rings of Sponge layers once sliced.
This link has some great information about the dish
|Cooked over the hob|
|Batter coated BBQ stick|
The Twiggy cake
Today I thought I would have a little play with the idea of Baumkuchen but on a much smaller scale as i do not own a spit roast machine other than my BBQ.
- I simply made the Tree cake mix and thinly coated a BBQ stick Held it over a low gas hob and allowed it to cook the first layer whilst rotating the stick,
- I was surprised how well this method worked although the mix did start to drip a little. After each layer i drizzled over some melted apricot jam and then repeated the process again.
- Note to self when wooden BBQ sticks get hot they set on fire !!!
- I managed to make 5 rather ugly looking layers before the weight of the cake was finally to much for the BBQ stick, and it snapped. However when the final layer of apricot jam cooled and encased the chard cake,it looked like it had been stuck in amber for hundreds of years and looked quite amazing.
|Glazed with apricot jam|
- I will defiantly be trying this bizarre method again possibly soaking the BBQ sticks in water over night to avoid the fire hazard, maybe thicker sticks too..
|Another cake layer|
- I took some amateur photo of my phone and you may agree that the end product is more of a Twig cake, rather then a Tree cake!! ( A New Cake is born maybe )
|Final chard Twigglet|