I’ll admit it freely, I’m not getting any better at posting anything on time here. Sorry about that. Last month’s baking challenge for The Daring Baker’s was actually a recipe that I have heard referenced in Japanese culture, but which originally stems from Germany or near there: baumkuchen. This beautiful little cake is made in painstakingly thin layers, one layer at a time until there are dozens of them, one on top of the other. Each layer is baked individually, so it browns on top and when you cut into the cake you can see each layer, tan against the lighter yellow of the cake, and since it is normally baked on a spit (which makes the resulting cake round), it got the name “tree cake”.