When I traveled to Asia this fall, one of the managers in Tokyo sent me home with a Baumkuchen cake. It’s a popular dessert in many European countries, and in Japan. The delicate rings you see look like tree rings. Thus the name means “tree cake”. I thought it looked delicate like so many of the other Japanese desserts. It was introduced to Japan in World War I by the German Karl Joseph Wilhelm Juchheim.
The cake was interesting. Fancy. Not very sweet. This might be the American in me. I have a huge sweet tooth and my ability to handle sweet is pretty good.