Frankfurter Kranz (engl.: Frankfurt Crown Cake) is a cake speciality believed to originate from Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Preparation starts with the baking of a firm sponge cake in a ring shaped baking tin. The cake is then sliced horizontally to divide it into two or three rings, and thick layers of buttercream icing are placed between the rings, usually with a layer of red jam. The outside of the cake is then thickly coated with more butter cream and topped with caramel-covered brittle nuts, called Krokant, toasted almond flakes and/or ground hazelnuts.