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Monday, March 22, 2010

The real layer cake

In a recent visit to Huntington Beach, I paid a visit to Cake Box Pastries, one of the few bakeries in the US that make baumkuchen. It's a pretty unique cake - the name derives from German with roughly translates to "tree cake". It's a hollow cake, with small individual rings running through it.

Here you can see the finer layers throughout the cake.

This unique look is a direct consequence of how it's baked: it's cooked on a spit. A rotating spit beside a roaring flame, and batter is basted over the cake as each layer develops a crust. The result is a cake that is more crust than most, firm, and quite delicious. Specially when it's coated in a coating of chocolate.

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