Guys, we need to celebrate! We need to celebrate as we managed to move within the city of Munich, we need to celebrate as it has been three years since my horrible bike accident and I don’t have any permanent damage. We all need to celebrate as during COVID19 we need to hold on to special moments and celebrate life. In this monochromatic time when working from home means that every day looks exactly the same, we need to put time aside to enjoy the moment. For that reason I brought a fruity and moist Piña Colada cake to the party. It contains some coconut sponges, which are filled with pineapple filliing and is then frosted with a coconut yoghurt cream. Of course it is also soaked in some rum. In my opinion this is the perfect cake if you wish to celebrate.
I have a super delicious strawberry stracciatella cake for you for Mother’s day! I won’t deny it, this cake is quite a bit of work, but in my opinion that’s OK for showing your gratitude for your mom. The base is a vanilla sponge cake, which is then filled with a strawberry stracciatella filling and topped off with a Swiss meringue buttercream. I decided to brush the cake layers with some coffee to keep it moist. Also, before we fill the cake, we are going to spread some strawberry jam on each cake layer. This all will help for the cake to stay moist even on the third and fourth day and also gives you the chance to prepare it in advance.
My ten favorite layer cakes, today I am going to introduce them to you! I have to spill a few secrets today, one of them is that you make me so happy! Just looking at the reader’s favorite recipes from 2019 and 2020, I am astonished that so many layer cakes made it to the top. You know, a layer cake usually means several different components. A layer cake means quite a bit of work. This is not like a simple cookie, layer cakes will take time. Yes, and I have also learned a thing or two along the way. Did you know that I didn’t dare to cut a cake into more than two layers? The cake layers were so crooked, it was aweful. Until I learned that you don’t cut through immediately, but you will go around just about a centimeter or so and slowly work your way through. That’s how you get even cake layers! Yes, I have also failed, cakes didn’t turn out or melted away, but regardless, I love making cakes. You apparently, too, at least you seem to really make a lot of them.
And let me spill another secret. I have been making my own birthday cake for years. Each time I am like, OK, I don’t care what people want or which recipes may go viral, I will simply invent a cake I like and which is something for MY tastebuds. And then I sit down and invent a recipe I like. Since I am chocoholic many of my cakes will have some chocolate part. Interestingly enough, many of these layers cakes I made not caring about readers’s interest or whether this was something worth posting, have made it to the top ten. I am beyond happy that you seem to have a very similar taste. I mean, maybe I should only post cakes I like and then somehow they will make it to the top. That makes me so happy! But now let’s get down to business, below you will see MY favorite layer cakes. Don’t ask me how long I had to think about which ten to include, there are simply so many…
Today I am introducing a Colombian cake to you, which is similar to the Victoria Sponge Cake, it is called Torta María Louisa! The main difference is that you will soak it in orange juice and instead of jam fill it with caramel cream made from sweetened consdensed milk. Torta María Louísa is not only common in Colombia, but also in Venezuela and El Salvador. Whereas I have seen recipes with two different fillings and a meringue outside, I decided to stick to the classic and keep this cake simple. Two layers of orange cake sandwiched together with caramel.
Today I am reintroducing this vegan mango chocolate cake. I originally published this cake in 2017. It was the very first vegan cake I had ever made. However, since then I have come a long way and made more vegan cakes. Very popular are for example this vegan Oreo cake or these vegan Oreo cupcakes. This time around, when I made this cake another time, I made it as a cake for a special occasion.
If you can’t decide whether you want a cookie or a cake, this chocolate chip cake is for you! It combines the flavors of a chocolate chip cookie with a cake and a glas of milk. My hubby ate it very happily and confirmed that this had been by far his favorite cake in a long time. Since he got so excited about it, I decided to publish it as a possible “Valentine’s cake”, even though it most definitely is not the most common Valentine’s cake. No red hearts, no kitsch, but if hubby is happy, who cares? By the way, I love all the combos of cookie/cake. I also have a gigantic cookie in a pan with the cookie monster on top or this cookie cake with peanut butter frosting.
Update: this recipe was originally published in September 2017 and has been worked on in 2021.
Japanese cheesecake. I have always wanted to try it. Japanese cheesecake is a very delicate matter. It has to be handled as careful as raw eggs. It does contain a lot of eggs. Maybe that’s why it is as light as a feather. No, this is not your typical American cream cheese cake. It is closer to an angel’s food cake than anything else. It has cream cheese, yes, but the eggs help to create this very creamy and light texture.
Do you love raspberries with chocolate? Then these raspberry chocolate cupcakes are for you. Since my raspberry chocolate cake became the runner-up in 2020 and has already more than 100 reviews, I decided to give this flavor combination another chance. What better option than to ygo for cupcakes? Cupcakes usually require less time and are wonderful for any events, parties, or even for Valentine or a birthday. My version contains my favorite chocolate cupcake, a tart raspberry filling and buttercream bursting with raspberry flavor. No artifical food coloring required.
My husband asked for a raspberry sponge roll for his birthday. Since I love sponge rolls, his wish was my command. Simple as that. I honestly have no idea why sponge rolls seem to be very much out of fashion. They are super quick to make and usually are gone with in seconds. Everybody seems to enjoy them. However, for some reason nobody makes them. Go figure. If you look for sponge rolls on my blog, you will find plenty.
Today you will get the ultimate chocolate cake with creamy chocolate mousse filling and chocolate ganache! If this is not something for dark days in November, I don’t know what is. I believe there is a reason why the most loved, baked, and clicked recipe on my site are these brownie cookies. I originally posted that recipe in November while living in Hamburg, which is known to be dark in winter. So here we come again with yet another chocolate recipe to cheer you up. As a chocoholic I have a full category dedicated to chocolate of course, feel free to check it out.