Once you witness the hedgehog-textured, fire-roasted booze-infused regional French treat known as gâteau à la broche, or “cake on a spit,” you’ll never see cake the same way.

According to YouTube’s Great Big Story, it takes hours of constantly spinning the heated mold the cake is built upon, owing to the lengthy cooking time required of a cake baking gradually instead of all at once. The result of the centrifugal force is the cake’s unmistakable pointy exterior. And the story behind it all is fascinating.