Mum just flew back from tokyo and she brought back a truckload of snacks for me (yay!). What caught my eye, first and foremost, were the two Baumkuchens she hand-carried.
There was a long queue to buy this apparently, at the Daimaru Basement in Tokyo. I always thought Baumkuchens would taste exactly like our kueh lapis and I was right, well almost.
The original did taste a lot like kueh lapis. Soft though a little dense, buttery but with a little bit of honeyed sweetness to it.
It was the Matcha flavoured Baumkuchen made me a total convert. Soft and feathery light, this did not come across overtly buttery and had the grassiness of green tea lingering on the palate for awhile.
I’ve never come across a butter cake as light as this, no wonder the japanese are so crazy over it!