Monday, July 27, 2009

Sunday's are Chocolate

I'm back. Just like Arnold. Where do I begin. Who would of thought that this 50 year old woman could ride her bike through Germany. Oh the places you can go and see on a bike. I will never rent a car in Europe again. We are trying to get back on track going wasn't so bad but coming back has been tough. Each day I long for marzipan cake and a bratwurst's. Not the mention the Fourth of July in Germany fireworks and all. Or my Bavarian Birthday party. Meeting the in-laws and our adorable little Grandson. The welcome home of 400 soldiers from Iraq. I have been dealing with some major computer problems.

In honor of my Fathers Birthday I tried making the great tasting Baumkuchen Layered Cake it is a little time consuming but well worth the effort. Here is our first favorite from Germany. Stay tune for more to come. This fun cake has layers and layers cooked under the broiler. What a way to heat up the house on a day with 100 degree temps outside it was well worth every moment.
Baumkuchen Layered Cake

Parchment paper
For the cake mixture
12 x 4 1/2 inch loaf pan
whites of 4 medium eggs
1 cup of soft margarine or butter
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1 pinch of salt
2 medium eggs
yolks of 4 medium eggs
4 tablespoon rum
1 1/2 cup plain all purpose flour
3/4 cup cornstarch
3 level teaspoons baking powder

For chocolate coating
7 oz plain chocolate
4 teaspoons cooking oil

Preheat the oven grill. Grease the rectangular tin and line the bottom with baking parchment.

To make the cake mixture, beat the egg whites until stiff. Stir the softened margarine or butter with a hand mixer with whisk until it becomes smooth and homogenous. Gradually add the sugar, vanilla and salt, and stir until the mixture thickens. Add 1 egg at a time, whisking each one for about 1/2 minutes at the highest setting. Then stir in the yolks and the rum.

Mix together the flour, cornstarch and baking powder, sift and stir into the butter and egg mixture in two stages with the mixer set at the medium setting. Then carefully fold in the beaten egg whites using a flexible spatula or wooden spoon.

Using a brush, spread a heaped tablespoon of cake mixture on the bottom of the greased tin. Put the tin on a shelf in the oven ( the distance between the grill and the layer of cake mixture at the bottom of the tin should be 8 in. Grill for about 2 minutes under the preheated grill until golden brown.

Take the tin out of the oven and spread another layer (1-2 tablespoons of cake mixture) on top of the already baked layer. Put the tin under the grill again and continue in this way until all the cake mixture is used up. This means that the shelf on which the tin is placed will have to move downward to maintain a distance of 8 inches between the grill and the layer of cake mixture.

Carefully loosen the cake from the tin with a knife, remove from the tin and put on a rack. Remove the baking parchment and leave to cool.

To make the chocolate coating, finely shop the chocolate and melt with the oil in a double boiler over low heat, stirring continuously. Then coat the cooled-down cake with the melted chocolate mixture.


Denise said...

That is a beautiful cake. Love all the layers.

teresa said...

welcome back! it's funny, i was just about to get on your site to tell you that i missed you! the trip sounds incredible! and what a cake!

Frieda Loves Bread said...

That is one beautiful cake!

Anonymous said...

Welcome back - sounds like you had a great trip! The cake looks amazing with all those delicious layers!

Lyndas recipe box said...

What a beautiful cake! It does sound time consuming, but it turned out great!
Glad that you are back- you were missed! Your trip sounds wonderful!

Kim said...

I have been wondering what happened to you!! Glad to hear that you were enjoying yourself. This cake is beautiful with all the layers and I LOVE the addition of rum. Looks time-consuming, but well worth it. Glad to see you back!!

Katy ~ said...

Nett, that cake is amazing!! What a way to celebrate!

Linda said...

Wow....what an amazing cake! Welcome back and glad you had a wonderful trip.

Katherine Roberts Aucoin said...

Welcome back, I can't wait to hear more about your trip. The cake looks awesome and reminds me of the famous New Orleans Doberge cakes.

Connie said...

Welcome back! That cake looks fabulous!

Coleens Recipes said...

WELCOME BACK!!!!! This cake is amazing!!!

Frieda Loves Bread said...

Just sent you an award! Enjoy!

Jennifer said...

And you are back with a bang, I have truly missed you! That cake looks amazing!

Debbie said...

What a great looking cake! My husband just got back from his first trip to Germany this past Friday. He was in the Black Forest region and took lots of pics of the food etc....Oh does it ever look good!

Mary Bergfeld said...

Welcome back, Lynette. We missed you.

Colleen said...

that looks like a yummy cake. i just stumbled upon your blog. love it. keep up the cooking. just wondering have you sold your house yet? my sister is looking to buy. here is my email address

Jamie said...

What a gorgeous cake! I have seen these before, but what patience to make it! And it looks so delicious.

Emily said...

Oh Nett! I am SOOOO glad that you posted this! I have many baumkuchen recipes but they are so much work this one sounds more realistic! Nothing beats German fare! Love it love it! Thanks for posting this!

Julie said...

Looks amazing...I'm sure it's worth the effort!

Joyce said...

What an unusual way to bake a cake. It sure looks amazing and I look forward to your other German recipes. Glad you had a nice trip.

Heather said...

Oh my!! This cake looks AMAZING!!! I'll have to try it asap! Thanks!

Chats the Comfy Cook said...

What a great cake.

Your blog is interesting. I enjoy reading it.

Sophie Sportende Foodie said...

MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM,....this layered cake looks superb!!

Heavenly even!

Claudia said...

A cake to risk everything for! How beautiful and worth the time it takes to make it. Glad you enjoyed Germany!

Maria said...

Haven't seen you around in awhile. I hope all is well

Valerie said...

Fantastic! I would love to serve something so fabulous.

Katy ~ said...

Just stopping by to say hello. Hope all is well!

Jennifer said...

Nett, I miss you, I hope you come back soon!

Judy said...

Beautiful cake. Will definitely save this recipe.

Katy ~ said...

Just a quick flutter by to wish you the best in 2010. Hope to see you soon!

teresa said...

hi nette! it's been a long time since we've heard from you and you're sure missed! hope life is treating you well!

Julie Pia said...

Hello, hello!!!!!
How are you Lynette? I miss you!!!! Are you coming back to us or just enjoying a nice break?!
Can't wait to hear from you. Lots of love coming your way girlfriend!


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Becky at VintageMixer said...

what a fun cake! I love all of the layers.

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Anonymous said...

That looks extremely yummy !!!!
Sounds like a German cake and boy can they make cakes ; )
Have a great weekend !!

Simply Life said...

ooooh that looks great!

Kristen said...

Making that cake is a labor of love. I don't know that I'd have the patience to make each layer separately. I'm such a cheater that I'd probably bake four loaf pans' worth at a time. Sounds delicious.

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