If you've not been to Germany or Japan you may not be familiar with baumkuchen, or "tree cake", so named due to its layered rings. Wheat Baumkuchen is a recently opened cafe in Toa Payoh that specializes in nothing but. I dropped in for one on my way to the nearby golf range hoping it might lengthen me a few yards.
Whoever invented this is crazy: it's made on a rotating spit, each layer of batter painstakingly brushed on after the previous has baked. I counted an amazing 17 layers on my almond nutella slice. Even crazier is the owner of this cafe - baumkuchen in Singapore? They hedged their bets, however; it's pretty popular in Japan where it was introduced by a German baker in the 1920's. If your product is associated with Japan, it will usually sell in Singapore.
As I munched my cake and sipped an expertly crafted Illy latte, I peered over at a batch cooling down in a special contraption. I then focused on taste and taste alone. Think pound cake and you're in the general neighborhood: butter, sugar, eggs, flour, perhaps a bit of confectioners sugar. It's light on taste so the accoutrements make all the difference. Neither the nutella nor the almonds were strong enough running partners. I think ice cream would make the perfect sidekick since they're a tad dry. I didn't ask if they served them that way, however.
It's a beautiful cafe. White, bright, comfortable, air-conditioned and most importantly- Japanese-y. I will have to bring Dodo and her girlfriends to get their opinion. As Japanophiles they'll probably give it a big thumbs-up.
Block 190, Lorong 6 Toa Payoh
(HDB Hub, behind Watsons)