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Vegetarian Tree Cake (Baumkuchen)


Vegetarian Tree Cake (Baumkuchen)


  • 2 Mixing bowl
  • Whisks
  • Baking pan
  • Parchment paper
  • Oven


  • 50 g Marzipan
  • 15 ml Rum or some water + Rum Extract
  • 6 Eggs
  • 125 g Soft butter
  • 2 g Salt
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla Paste or Vanilla Extract
  • 300 g Brown Sugar
  • 100 g Flour
  • 100 g Corn Starch or Potato Starch
  • 100 g Dark Chocolate
  • 1 tbsp. Apricot Jam


  • Crush the 50g marzipan into a mixing bowl, add the 20 ml rum (or water and rum extract) and mix until soft.
  • Separate the egg yolks from the egg whites.
  • Add the yolks one by one to the marzipan while whisking.
  • While whisking, add the butter, salt, and vanilla paste.
  • In a different bowl, whisk the egg whites with the sugar until stiff but don’t make them too stiff.
  • Add some of the egg whites to the mix with the egg yolks, also some of the flour and starch, and carefully mix with a large spoon.
  • Repeat until the entire egg whites, flour, and starch are mixed into the yellow batter – keeping the fluffy texture of the batter.
  • Turn on the broil function of your oven.
  • Prepare a baking pan with a layer of parchment paper.
  • Spread a thin layer of batter into the baking pan.
  • Bake for a short time in the oven under the broil – careful, hot!
  • Remove the baking pan when the top of the batter starts to change its color to a light brown. Usually after 1-2 minutes.
  • Add another layer of batter and repeat the baking – layer adding – baking – layer adding … until the batter is all baked and the cake has a lot of layers.
  • Let the cake cool.
  • Melt some chocolate and heat some apricot jam.
  • Brush the cooled cake with a layer of apricot jam all around. Let set for a bit.
  • Cover the cake with the chocolate all around.
  • Let the chocolate set.
  • Cut and enjoy a heavenly slice of cake.
  • If baking for later:
  • Freeze without the chocolate and glaze after thawing.

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