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Connections Eatery Offering New Dessert at EPCOT Tomorrow

May 02, 2023

Beginning June 6, the Connections Eatery at EPCOT will be serving a new multi-layered cake treat called Baumkuchen.

This mew Baumkuchen dish translates from German to "Tree Cake," as "Baum" means tree, and "Kuchen" means cake. The name is in reference to the dessert's appearance. It has 15 layers of delicate cake and is crafted on a machine similar to a rotisserie, giving the cake the look of a sliced tree trunk.

Food and Beverage Pastry Culinary Director Stefan Riemer describes the new confection in an official Disney Eats video showcasing part of the sweet treat's creation.

Take a look at the Instagram announcement video below.

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The clip begins with Stefan introducing himself while holding a plate of the new dessert. Several narrators debate the correct pronunciation of the German word "Baumkuchen," before cutting back to the chef teaching everyone how to correctly pronounce the name of the new dessert, as well explaining its meaning.

Baumkuchen is a traditional German cake that is baked on a rotating drum, similar to a rotisserie, giving it a distinctive concentric-ring appearance. This look is where the name originates, as the treat looks similar to a cross-cut section of a tree. The snack is also popular in Japan.

The exact origins of Baumkuchen are unknown, but it is thought to have originated in Germany in the 15th century. The first known recipe for Baumkuchen was published in 1581 by Marx Rumpolt, a German chef. Baumkuchen quickly became popular in Germany and other parts of Europe, and iwas eventually introduced to Japan in the early 20th century.

The desert is typically made with a batter of eggs, sugar, flour, and butter. The batter is poured onto a rotating drum that is heated from below. As the drum rotates, the batter is baked into thin layers. Once the first layer is baked, another layer of batter is added and the cake is baked again. This process is repeated until the desired thickness is reached.

The world's longest Baumkuchen was baked in Japan in March of 2019. It currently holds the Guinness Book of World Records title. At just over 68 feet long, it was commissioned by the Hiroshima Minato Festa Executive Committee and Juchheim Co., Ltd. The company used 90 volunteers and their own employees to craft the confection.

We reviewed every food item at Connections Eatery when it opened last year — take a look at our video below.

This modern-aesthetic Eatery took over a space previously occupied by Electric Umbrella and Innoventions East. With the expansion, it is considerably larger than the former restaurant, offering over 750 seats now.

Will you be stopping by Connections Café to try the new Baumkuchen? We’d like to see your opinions about it in the comments below.

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Lisa loves theme parks, black coffee, and her two Sphynx cats, Jareth and Figment. She believes the best day includes a trip around World Showcase during the EPCOT International Food & Wine festival! Her favorite attractions are Rise of the Resistance, Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, and "it's a small world." She can be reached at [email protected]

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