Perfect for Souvenirs! Introducing Baumkuchen, a Popular Treat in Japan
“Baumkuchen” is a circular lightly-sweet pastry. 2019 marks its 100th anniversary since it was first brought to Japan from Germany.
It’s very popular as a souvenir or gift, and because of its round layered shape that resembles the rings of a tree trunk, it’s often eaten as a celebratory treat in Japan. Here we’ll be introducing popular stores that sell baumkuchen!
This shop sells two varieties of baumkuchen: the crispy-on-the-outside, moist-on-the-inside “Mount Baum Shikkarime” baumkuchen, and the all-around soft and moist “Straight Baum Shittorime.”
Depending on when you shop, you may also find limited-time products!
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This shop follows the traditional German recipe for baumkuchen!
Here you can enjoy the taste of authentic German baumkuchen, which differs slightly from the soft and fluffy baumkuchen that is popular in Japan.
The baumkuchen here is flavorful and has a moist and soft fine texture that melts in your mouth! The box it comes in is also cute, making it perfect for a gift!
Tokyo Banana is famous for its sponge cake filled with banana custard cream, but they also sell baumkuchen! This is a must-try for banana lovers – a three-layer cake that smells sweetly of bananas!
This baumkuchen uses rare Harajuku honey.
It has won a gold label from the Monde Selection 3 years in a row! (2015-2017)
You can also buy baumkuchen at locations such as Daimaru Tokyo, department store food shops, and airports!
Basic information on Daimaru Tokyo
- 1-9-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
- Directly outside of the JR Tokyo Station Yaesu North ticket gate