Last week, my relative took me to a place near her place around Yokogawa station, claiming they made these great waffle treats. I wanted to get some treats for the family gathering so went in to get a bunch. However, I noticed through the window looking into the back room, a baker baking baumkuchen cakes. Along the walls were stacks of finished cakes, looking like big cocoons on a rotisserie. I was mesmerized by the baking process since I've never seen it being made before. I made sure to get a slice to take home, and finally tasted it. And WOW. I've always like baumkuchen cakes, but the ones I've had were packaged versions, or made by some other large Japanese operations, like the ones at Minamoto Kitchoan. But this one from Kunugi really opened my eyes. Maybe it's because I'm not such a sweets aficionado, but I felt like I was tasting a real baumkuchen for the first time. Buttery, sugary, a little eggy, rich, moist. It was as close to a perfect sweet as it gets for me. While there might be other wonderful artisanal baumkuchen cakes around, I was more than ecstatic with the one from Kunugi. Oh yeah, and those waffle sweets are pretty awesome as well.
Waffle Kunugi website: http://waffle-kunugi.com/
Kunugi's cakes can be found at their 3 locations in Hiroshima, in the Sogo depachika, near Nishi-Hiroshima station, and the one that seems to be the main bakery along the river a little north of Nishi-Hiroshima station (linked here
And here's an interesting ranking of baumkuchen cakes from what looks like a baumkuchen otaku: http://blogranking.net/blogs/17781/er...
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