Also known as the “King of Cakes,” Baumkuchen is a kind of layered cake. It is a traditional dessert in many countries throughout Europe and is also a popular snack in Japan. The characteristic golden rings that appear when sliced give the cake its German name, Baumkuchen, which literally translates to “tree cake.” Baumkuchen is one of the most popular pastries in Japan, where it is called バウムクーヘン (baumukūhen), or often erroneously, バームクーヘン (bāmukūhen). Today it is a popular return present in Japan for wedding guests because of its ring form. Please, don’t everyone send me one of these!
Now, what I made it not nearly as elegant as the above picture, but a simple version and a way to make banana pudding in under 15 minutes! I got the recipe from a Japanese TV program that I watch almost religiously called 時短生活ガイドSHOW (Time Shortening Lifestyle Guide).
for the cake
corn starch 40g
ice cream (any flavor but rum raisin is recommended) 6 tbsp
chocolate (however much you want for filling)
cinnamon/ cinnamon sugar to taste
NOTE: I am not sure where you can get one, but having a square frying pan is almost essential for making this. I am sure you could do it in a regular frying pan, but I love my square one that I usually use for making tamagoyaki.
In a mixing bowl, put butter and ice cream and then microwave it for 1 minute.
Put all the dry ingredients and eggs in the ice cream-butter mixture and mix well.
The following will be explained in pictures.
Place the now finished cake on a plate and let it cool before cutting. (I got too impatient and cut mine right away)
Now for the pudding!
Place the banana in a toaster over and toast it for 12 minutes (no, I am no joking). You banana should come out looking like this:
The inside of the banana should be soft enough for you to scoop out with a spoon and mash in a bowl with a little bit of cinnamon/cinnamon sugar.
This is my first time trying a recipe from this show and I was not disappointed. I think I need to try some of the entrée recipes next. Who doesn’t want to be able to make a 3 course meal in under 30 minutes?!
Rating and a half
Not bad for a dessert made in under 15 minutes!