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Baumkuchen is a kind of layered cake and one of the most popular pastries in Japan, where it is called バウムクーヘン (baumukūhen),

Traditionally, Baumkuchen is made on a spit by brushing on even layers of batter and then rotating the spit around a heat source. Each layer is allowed to brown before a new layer of batter is poured. When the cake is removed and sliced, each layer is divided from the next by a golden line, resembling the growth rings on a crosscut tree. A typical Baumkuchen is made up of 15 to 20 layers of batter.

The characteristic golden rings that appear when sliced resemble tree rings, and give the cake its German name, Baumkuchen, which literally translates to "tree cake" or "log cake". Although its European origins are disputed, the cake preparation traces its roots back to Ancient Greece where cake batter was poured in layers on to tree logs and cooked over an open fire. It is also known as the "King of Cakes."