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WARNING: This article contains spoilers about The Little Drummer Girl episode 2.

The Little Drummer Girl episode three will air next Sunday (November 11) at 9pm on BBC One.

Episode two aired last Sunday and is currently available to watch on the BBC iPlayer, alongside episode one.

The second instalment saw Martin Kurtz (played by Micahel Shannon) plan to infiltrate the Al-Khader terrorist cell. He was spotted eating in a German cafe whilst exchanging information with a fellow spy and viewers are curious to know what he eating and complaining about. Here’s everything you need to know about Baumkuchen.

What is Baumkuchen?

Baumkuchen is a German spit cake.

A spit cake is a European cake made with dough or batter, similar to the shape of a doughnut, which is then placed on a rotating spit.

They are baked on an open fire, rotisserie-style.

Baumkuchen translates to “tree cake” which is named after the pattern on the layers in the inside of the cake.

The layers of a Baumkuchen look like the horizontal sections that appear if you were to cut through the trunk of a tree, known as growth rings.

Baumkuchen is a popular snack throughout Europe, including Austria, Czech Republic, Luxembourg and Poland.

WHAT HAPPENED IN EPISODE 2 OF THE LITTLE DRUMMER GIRL? 

Why was Baumkuchen in The Little Drummer Girl?

Kurtz travels back to West Germany to the secret suite at the Olympic Village in Munich, where his team are interrogating the real Salim/Michel (Amir Khoury).

Salim thinks he is in prison but he is being held captive in a makeshift cell.

Gadi Becker (Alexander Skarsgard) will impersonate Salim to infiltrate the Al-Khader cell, with Charlie (Florence Pugh) pretending to be his Western girlfriend who wants to help their cause.

In West Germany, Kurtz meets his West German counterpart, Paul (Tom Hanson) for coffee and Baumkuchen.

Kurtz says: “Baumkuchen, a German delicacy.”

Paul responds: “It is, I think, the best Baumkuchen in all the country.”

Kurtz then complains it is “dry“.

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Kurtz's aide then tells him that the Swedish girl Anna (Iben Akerlie) who dropped the bomb off that killed the Jewish family in episode one, had already visited Salzburg and stayed there in a hotel a few nights before the bombing.

Charlie is currently on her way to Salzburg, posing as a Palestinian terrorist to deliver semtex on behalf of Salim.

However, the Al-Kahder brothers are known for never passing through the same route or doing the same thing twice.

This potentially means the real Salim that Martin's team have been interrogating has lied about where he was going in the car and is potentially leading Charlie into a trap.

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Viewers will have to wait until next week to find out what happens next.

The Little Drummer Girl airs Sunday, November 11 at 9pm on BBC One


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