I found more wonderful items at Chicago’s Hmart downtown: these Japanese Milk Baum Cake (ミルクバウム) & Matcha Baum (抹茶バウム) by Club Makihara.
In Japan they’re called baumkuchen (バームクーヘン) but the place of origin is actually Germany (though many still debate this). It’s similar to a log cake except the layers are thinner and the cake resembles a tree stomp instead of a log.
I was very excited to eat it. It reminded me of a fluffy pound cake. I carried this cake in the bag instead of putting it in my bag because I was afraid I would squish it because it was so soft!
I was anxious with the thought of unrolling it. I’m not sure why I thought this; for those who are curious, no, it didn’t unroll as smoothly as I thought it would.
The Milk Baum wasn’t too sweet. It tasted like milk which is good. Sometimes when you buy milk flavored pastries, it really just tastes like vanilla but this actually had a hint of milk. It was moist and went well with milk (any milk is fine, I personally had it with almond milk).
This cake was very light and soft. The layers make it easy to break apart; I think that’s one of the reasons why the cake is so fluffy and moist.
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I was honestly surprised that there was artificial flavor in the cake because it didn’t taste like it did and honestly, I wouldn’t think it needed it. It seemed like a very simple cake to me.
Would I buy this again? Yes!
I really enjoyed this cake. It makes a really nice light snack with a drink. Maybe next time I’ll try it with warm coffee.