Baumkuchen (tree cake) has a special place in the heart of many Germans, it is loved by our neighboring countries and even very popular in Japan. The good things about food are the memories you connect with them. As I came across this recipe in my old folder I remembered the countless afternoons, back at home with one of my friends. We used to have a chat over coffee and often enjoy some pieces of these cake and it is still her favorite. Thank you for giving me this recipe, I can’t understand why it took me so long to try it.
The beauty and characteristic of this cake lies in the structure which looks like tree rings. Therefore, you build up layer on top of layers of batter and broil it in your oven between each addition. The heat from above prevents that the cake burns at the bottom.
- 230 g / 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter at room temperature
- 250 g / 1¼ cups granulated sugar
- 6 large eggs, at room temperature and separated
- 250 g / 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3 teaspoons baking powder (aluminum-free)
- 200 g / 7 ounces marzipan
- 6 tablespoons amaretto
- 3 tablespoons Nutella
- 200 g / 7 ounces semisweet chocolate
- Line your springform pan (24 cm / 9-inch springform pan or similar) with parchment paper. Put your oven rack to the lower level and turn your oven broiler (grill) to low or step 1.
- Cut the marzipan into small chunks, put in a small bowl and add the amaretto liquor. Put it in your microwave and heat up for a few seconds, then stir and continue heating up the mixture until softened, stirring from time to time, you want a smooth paste. Make sure there are no marzipan lumps left, they will make it difficult to spread the batter later. Let cool.
- Mix butter, sugar, egg yolks until the color is light and the mixture is fluffy. Add the marzipan/amaretto mixture and mix well. Combine flour and the baking powder, add to the batter and whisk just until no lumps appear but don’t over mix.
- In a separate bowl beat the egg white until very stiff and gently fold into batter.
- Spread evenly about 3 to 4 tablespoons of the batter over the bottom of our springform and broil it for about 3 minutes. Depending on your oven it will take a little more or less than 3 minutes to get a nice golden top.
- Continue spreading 3 to 4 tablespoons of the batter over the previous layer and so on... until no batter is left. Let cool.
- For the chocolate cover melt the chocolate in a double boiler or in your microwave, stir in the Nutella and spread evenly over the Baumkuchen.