Feinste Baumkuchenspitzen Jamaica Rum from Kuchenmeister are part of the plethora of seasonal items available in Germany for Christmas and winter. In fact, Kuchenmeister (literally Cake Master) have a whole variety of these little Baumkuchen pieces for sale.
Just take a look. There’s Amaretto, Irish Cream and Advocaat options, as well as a whole little Baumkuchen in either milk or darker chocolate coatings. Now I’ve had Baumkuchen before… I got a gorgeous chocolate coated piece at the Munich Airport Christmas Market last year. Yes, the airport has a market – and it’s pretty good actually! With a surprising amount of stalls, places to drink and even ice skate. It tasted like Jaffa Cake and I pretty much loved it.
So I thought I knew what I was getting into with this Tree Cake (so called, because the layers look like the rings in a cut tree trunk!). Care to guess what I didn’t expect?
Oh yes. I underestimated the Jamaican Rum part. The 40% by volume alcohol part.
On removing the foil sleeve from the plastic cake tray, I was whacked in the face with a whole lot of rum. It was an alcohol assault, if I’m being truthful.
Now, there’s something important to know here – I like rum. I drink dark spiced rum frequently and it’s my go-to spirit. I pour measures for myself that the other half winces at. So it’s not as though I don’t like the drink.
But these cake pieces? I feel like if you ate one of these and then went to drive your car, you’d be over the limit. Strong is not the word. The rum in this is even stronger than the Ritter Sport Rum and Nut bar. Describing it as potent doesn’t really do it justice.
The sponge itself is fairly soft and moist (sorry). Having stripped the chocolate coating away to get at the cake itself, there’s a very light almond flavour to it that’s quite nice. If you can get past the rum flavour, that is.
The chocolate coating itself though… I’m not a fan. It’s crisp and pretty melt resistant in my fingers, but there’s a slight grittiness to it somehow that I don’t care for. It’s dark and bitter and in combination with that rum? Bloody hell. It entirely masks the cake, which I’d have thought was the aim of the game. Here though, it’s used as an alcohol delivery system.
So unfortunately these are not for me as they’re far too strong for my liking… Obviously, I’m much weaker than my German counterparts when it comes to alcohol soaked cakes! Next time, I’ll find a whole piece of unalcoholic Baumkuchen to share with you!