This week: Kransekake and Baumkuchen cakes, cookbook and product giveaways, EYBD Previews and more!December 18, 2020 by Jenny
You may have guessed that I have an unhealthy obsession with all things baking. One of this week’s (many) bakes that pulled me into its sugary vortex is the Kransekake cake. Its towering magnificence has me making promises to myself to dust off my kransekake molds.
The kransekage which translates to wreath cake is a traditional Danish (kransekage) and Norwegian (kransekake/tårnkake) confection, usually eaten on special occasions such as weddings, baptisms, Christmas, 17th of May (Norway’s Constitution Day), or New Year’s Eve.
Kransekage takes shape with a series of concentric rings of cake, layered on top of each other in order to form a steep-sloped cone shape – often 18 or more layers – glued together with white icing. Kransekage cake rings are made with almonds, sugar, and egg whites. The ideal kransekage is hard to the touch, yet soft and chewy.
One variation of this showstopper is a snowflake version using a Snowflake set of cutters. The bonus is you can use the cutters for individual cookies or stack them beautifully for a twist on the original.
Photo: By Sándor Háaz, International Kürtősh Kalách Trade Corporation
Another cake I have been dreaming about for years is the “spit cake” sounds yummy right? Remember there are a few definitions for spit. I remember watching an episode of Unique Sweets or some similar show and both my son Andrew and I were quite taken with this cake.
A spit cake is a European cake made with layers of dough or batter deposited, one at a time, onto a tapered cylindrical rotating spit. The dough is baked by an open fire or a special oven, rotisserie-style. Generally, spit cakes are associated with celebrations such as weddings and Christmas. The spit can be dipped in a thin dough, or the dough can be poured or rolled on the spit.
Baumkuchen (aka tree cake as it resembles the rings of a tree) and Baumstriezel (or chimney cakes) are German varieties of spit cake. Baumkuchenspitzen, German for “Tree Cake Points,” are miniature versions of Baumkuchen that are created from the cake scraps that fall during the cake’s creation on a spit. These pieces are typically coated in chocolate and sold separately – sign me up!
I hope you enjoyed this trip down all things cake. Have you ever tried or made any of the cakes mentioned above? Let me know in the comments.
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The last week on the blog
Since our last roundup, Darcie has written articles entitled:
- Chefs predict food trends for 2021
- A trifling matter
- Why you should set your desserts on fire
- London chefs share their Christmas dinner secrets
Darcie’s weekly food news antipasto is shared every Sunday #foodnews brings up these information-packed posts from the most current to the first one.
Over the last few week, I’ve shared:
- Cookies from around the world or around the block
- December 2020 Eat Your Books Cookbook Club Summary (includes our January & February cooking options and our choices for our year-long books)
- January 2021 Great Big Cookbook Club Roundup
Giveaways have been posted for
- The Book on Pie and a JK Adams Pastry Board Giveaway
- Baking Cookbook Bundle Giveaway
- Toblerone Cookbook Giveaway
Other articles of interest:
- The Kindle cookbook and holiday deals and 2021 cookbook preview are being updated frequently.
- Ideas on how EYB can work better for you
Jenny and the EYB Team
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- 3 recipes from Festa Italiana: Recipes Inspired by the Festivals and Traditions of Rural Italy by Letizia Mattiacci
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