Baumkuchen

Baumkuchen

Sometimes life can be really crazy, don’t you agree?

You are doing your best to organize both your life and your blog to have a bit more balance between them and achieve some ease of mind… and then… nothing goes as planned.

Don’t get me wrong, that doesn’t necessarily mean that things are going bad around here, quite the opposite to be honest as a lot of nice things are going to happen within the next few weeks!

This weekend we are heading to Budapest (ok this was planned, although until now we did not actually plan any activities so far once we are there :P if you are interested I can show you some pictures of the trip next week?), we are getting some family visits and will even attend a family wedding soon! Then comes Valentines Day, a birthday of a family member and before you know it will be March! The next few weeks will be really exciting, but wait… what about all my plannings? Oh dear, I guess the conclusion out of this is: you cannot plan life.

(maybe I should remember this?)

The question is, can you at least plan a blog? Apparently the answer is again: no… :o

I am sorry to say that with all this amazing things happening I will not have as much time as I planned to get all my baking ideas done (I cant believe that I wont be baking for next few weeks!). I really had some great things in mind but I guess they will have to wait ;) Not a drama of course, but it does mean that I will probably have no time for Valentines baking although I had some great ideas… well we will have to wait and see ;) If not, please don’t be too disappointed in me.

Baumkuchen

Anyway, I just wanted to tell you that even if you try your best to get some organisation and routine in life/blogging, it does not necessarily work out that way ;) But lucky me, I was already very busy the last few weeks and I do have a small backup of recipes that I can share with you ;) I hope you will enjoy the randomness of events here for a while until I get back to some baking routine :D

In this sense, today I am sharing my Baumkuchen recipe with you! I adapted it from a magazine I got from my mother for Christmas. Although it is in a Christmas magazine, it does not mean that it is only for Christmas. I would bake and enjoy this delicious cake again right now. It has its name from the different layers representing the rings of a tree. It is baked layer by layer and therefore it will cost you some time to make it, but it is not hard at all! It is best to use your grill function of your oven, but if you don’t have one (or if it is not working like mine) you can also use your normal oven with preferably heat from above.

Baumkuchen

Baumkuchen

  1. Cream the butter and  sugar until light and fluffy
  2. Add the egg yolks one at a time and beat thoroughly in between
  3. Add the mark of the vanilla bean as well as the lemon and orange zest
  4. Sift the flour and starch and mix it under the wet ingredients
  5. In another bowl whisk the egg whites with a pinch of salt until stiff
  6. Add the whipped egg whites under the batter and carefully combine everything
  7. Prepare your tin by adding some baking paper on the ground
  8. Add about 2 Tbsp of the batter on top of the baking paper and spread it evenly
  9. Switch on your grill on the highest possible stand and add the baking tin right underneath it
  10. Bake until golden for about 2-3 minutes
    If you dont have a grill function in your oven: Turn on the heat from above at about 240°C and bake for about 3-4 minutes
  11. Get the tin out of the oven and add another 2 Tbsp of dough on top and again spread evenly
  12. Bake again for 2-3 minutes until golden
  13. Continue with the layers until the dough is finished or you reach the top of your tin
  14. Once finished baking make small holes in the cake with a cake tester or toothpick when still hot
  15. Add about 3-4 Tsp of Orange Liqueur on top until everything is soaked up
  16. Let it cool completely
  17. Melt the chocolate au bain marie or in a microwave and spread on top of the cake
  18. You can store the cake up to a week in an air tight container

Ingredients

makes 2x Cakes (Ø15 cm and 4.5 and 7 hight cm)

  • 1 Vanilla Bean
  • 250g Butter, soft
  • 250g Sugar
  • 7 Eggs, seperated
  • 1 Tsp Lemon Zest
  • 1 Tsp Orange Zest
  • 150g Flour
  • 100g Starch
  • Salt
  • 250g Dark Chocolate
  • 4-8 Tbsp Orange Liqueur (like Cointreau)

{ 2 comments… add one }

  • Marion January 24, 2014, 9:57 am

    Ziet er super uit, Rebecca! Ik heb een aantal vragen:
    Is it still soft and moist after grilling all those layers?
    Is it easy to spread out the 2 tbsp of dough (e.g. is it runny)?
    And what cake tin size did you use?
    Cheers!

    Reply
    • icingsugar2 January 27, 2014, 8:24 pm

      He Marion :D
      Hartstikke bedankt ;)
      Concerning your questions (they were actually quite good ones, I asked them myself as well before I tried it…)
      If you can grill the layers properly it only needs 2 or 3 minutes until the layer if firm enough to spread the next one on top. If you have to use the oven (like I had to) make sure to use as less time as possible to bake the layers! That means as soon as one layer firms up, get the cake out of the oven and spread the next layer on top. I used a timer to ensure that I don’t bake it a second too long. If you like the taste of the alcohol you can also use a little more in the end, it gives back some moisture to the cake ;) But in general you really need to time the cake perfectly: not too long or it will indeed dry out, but long enough so that the layers are firm (it sounds complicated and like a lot of work but I ensure you you will get routine soon ;) but calculate some time in the kitchen!)

      The dough itself it not super runny, think of a thick pancake mixture. You can quite easily spread the tablespoons of batter on top of the layer. They will, however, get more fluid due to the warm dough layers underneath which just came out of the oven ;) But the spreading is more easy than you think. Note that if you bake the cakes in a large cake pan that you should double also the amount of spoons of dough! You would need 4 Tablespoons then :)

      I used a 15cm cake pan, one was 4.5 cm high and the other 7 cm. I have added that now to the recipe, I am sorry I forgot it! But thanks for reminding me :) I think the recipe should also work in one large cake pan or just half the recipe and bake it in one small one :D

      I hope I could answer you questions :) Thanks for asking them Marion!
      Take care, rebecca

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