Tree Cake is known by lots of names. The origins of this type of cake are often debated. Germans call it Baumkuchen and some say that it was invented in Germany. There is a recipe in a cookbook that dates back to the late 1500’s written by a chef that traveled and worked several countries – so who knows. Some say Tree Cake or BaumKuchen began as Hungarian wedding cakes. Many countries such as Austria, Czech Republic, France, Poland, Lithuania, Sweden, Turkey, and Japan have versions of Tree Cake. Some make the cake on rotating spits.
Wherever this cake hails from, I am glad it was invented. It is darn de-lish!
1 Cup salted butter softened
1 Cup sugar
1 Teaspoon vanilla
1 Pinch of salt
2 Tablespoons rum flavoring
4 Egg yolks
2 Whole eggs
¾ Cup flour
¼ Cup cornstarch
3 Tablespoons baking powder
Line 10” cake pan with parchment, and preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cream butter and add sugar, vanilla, salt, and rum flavoring.
Gradually add the 4 egg yolks.
Mix flour, cornstarch, and baking powder together and sift. Stir into creamed mixture and few tablespoons at a time.
In a mixing bowl on a stand mixer, beat whole eggs until foamy and stiffened. Fold into batter.
Spread 2 tablespoons of batter into pan and bake 2 to 5 minutes or until golden brown. Repeat this step and keep the top of the pan 7-8” above the heating element.
After last layer loosen cake from sides and turn out onto a cooling rack. Remove the parchment, put cake on a cookie sheet and return to the oven for 4-5 minutes.
Remove cake from oven and place on a cooling rack.
8 Ounces bittersweet chocolate (I like Guittard)
¾ Cup heavy cream
1/3 cup light corn syrup
Place the chopped chocolate in a bowl. Place cooled cake on a cooling rack over a cookie sheet.
Chop almonds or pecans into small pieces set aside.
Whisk together the cream and corn syrup in a small saucepan over medium heat, bring to a boil. Pour over chocolate and gently whisk until smooth.
Pour over cooled cake until it covers top and sides.
Add nuts to balance of melted chocolate and spread on the cake top.