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How a Lithuanian Tree Cake Is made - Raguolis or Sakotis

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Lithuanian tree cake, known as raguolis (which means "spiked") or sakotis (which means "branched") is a treat that appears at every traditional Lithuanian wedding, and for special occasions like Christmas Eve and Easter. In Polish, this cake is known as sekacz or senkacz, and in German, it's baumkuchen.

Racine Bakery in Chicago makes this pastry in 16-inch and 24-inch sizes, but cakes as tall as 36 inches are not uncommon. An egg-rich batter is dripped in stages onto a stainless-steel rod or spit that rotates over a heat source. As the speed is increased, the batter forms spikes that resemble the branches of a tree. A cross-section of the cake also resembles the rings of a tree trunk, hence its name.

The finished cake is often decorated with fresh flowers on top and at the base. Pieces of cake are sliced off and eaten as-is or with fresh fruit and melted chocolate. Along with a tiered wedding cake, a raguolis or sakotis takes center stage at wedding receptions. More about tree cake.
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