Baumkuchen: The German Dessert’s Long Japanese History

Unseen Japan
5 min readFeb 16, 2024

Read the intriguing history of how baumkuchen, the tree trunk-shaped German cake, grew in popularity in Japan.

Picture: 花咲かずなり / PIXTA(ピクスタ)

Walking into the dessert section of a supermarket, bakery, or convenience store in Japan, your eye will likely be drawn by a collection of colorful round desserts. This is baumkuchen, a German cake popular for its unique shape and wide variety of flavors.