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Šakotis, also known as "Raguolis" or "Tree Cake," is a beloved traditional dessert in Lithuanian cuisine, cherished for its unique shape and rich flavor. Baked on a rotating spit, this cake resembles a tree trunk with delicate, crispy branches a true masterpiece of Lithuanian baking.
1 lb (0.45 kg) unsalted butter, softened
1 lb (0.45 kg) granulated sugar
1 lb (0.45 kg) all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Confectioners' sugar for dusting
Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour a Šakotis mold. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla extract. Gradually add the flour to the butter mixture, mixing until smooth and well combined. Pour the batter into the prepared Šakotis mold, filling it only halfway to allow room for rising. Place the mold in the preheated oven and bake for 45-60 minutes or until the cake is golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove the cake from the oven and let it cool in the mold for 10 minutes before carefully transferring it to a wire rack to cool completely. Once cooled, dust the Šakotis with confectioners' sugar before serving.
Slice the Šakotis into thin wedges and serve as a delightful treat alongside tea or coffee. This traditional Lithuanian dessert is perfect for special occasions or any time you crave a taste of authentic Lithuanian cuisine.
With its intricate design and delightful flavor, Šakotis is a true masterpiece of Lithuanian baking. Whether enjoyed as a dessert or a sweet snack, this traditional tree cake is sure to impress with its unique appearance and delicious taste.