Where is the champagne? Where are the streamers and glitter? You are invited to a nice helping of this strawberry and elderflower cake! Why, you ask? I am celebrating my third year of blogging. The first recipe that went online on my blog was this lemon tart, which I still love to make. I honestly never thought I would be blogging for three years. I have always been a person who just learns things by doing them. Instead of figuring everything out beforehand, I just give it a go and see what happens. The reason I started this blog was because I got tired of having to pass on recipes I was asked to provide to my friends and family. I also wanted to have some kind of organization so I thought a blog may come in handy. I would have never believed that I would enjoy taking pictures as much as baking. Mind you, I once was a professional pianist, I always thought my visual ability was not as good. However, I am still enjoying my blog immensely, be it baking, food photography or anything else, and for that reason I hope there are many more blog years to come. How about a slice of this delicious strawberry elderberry cake for this special occasion?
Have you every heard of “Kaiserschmarrn”? This is a giant pancake cut into small pieces, dusted with icing sugar and served with compote. It is very famous in Austria and the south of Germany. Since I recently moved from the north of Germany to the south, to Munich, I felt it was time I gave this traditional recipe another go. There is a whole war going on whether to include raisins or not, but I love the plain version, sorry. However, I decided to serve it with rhubarb compote. Normally you would serve it with a plum compote, but it is spring and I like rhubarb, so why not give this a little spin. So think a pancake cut in neat pieces, dusted with icing sugar and some nice fruit compote on the side and you get this Kaiserschmarrn. Sounds good?
Aren’t these sheep cupcakes the cutest? I am telling you, these are definitely a show-stopper, for Easter, but probably also for a baby shower. You get a super delicious vanilla cupcake with Italian buttercream, which serves as the fur, yum! This is a simple and plain cupcake dressed up to be all fancy for Easter. I’d say, you are all set, aren’t you?
I’ve decided to give a favorite family recipe of ours another twist and introduce a super simple, yet delicious rhubarb tart with streusel to you. Why it is simple you ask? It has a pie crust, rhubarb filling and streusel. That’s it. But if you ask me, the simple and easy recipes are often the best. Do you agree with this statement?
Guys, these are the most delicious carrot cupcakes with cream cheese frosting! I know, I know, yet another carrot cupcake recipe? Yes, indeed. First of all, carrot cupcakes are not as common in Germany as in the U.S., so I thought I could give it a go. In case you didn’t know, this blog is bilingual and I also post each recipe also in German, just click on the flag to switch languages. And I did try a lot of recipes before I was happy. I should have known that my favorite American blogger Sally would have the best recipe, super moist, with a creamy frosting and just perfect. Mind you, of course I had to reduce the amount of sugar by a lot, American recipes are way too sweet and I had to tweak it a bit, but boy, are these good!
I recently moved from the north of Germany from Hamburg to the south to Munich and I am impatiently waiting for spring to finally start. It is the end of March almost and I found snowdrops and crocus flowering, not really spring yet if the heralds of spring are only blossoming. The daffodils still need more time. Just this fact made me realize that winters are definitely milder in Hamburg. The nights simply are not as cold and the change in temperature is not as drastic. I mean, I took the picture with the snowdrops you see below in mid-March. Don’t think that would be possible in Hamburg. But regardless if spring is here, we can invite spring to our plate, can’t we? At least I wanted to do that by preparing these simple and delicious strawberry shortcakes. I love the fact that it really doesn’t take a lot of time to make them. Served with whipped cream and some fresh strawberries, let’s have this beautiful dessert!
Shortcake originates from the UK and was already served in the Middle Ages. It is similar to shortbread as you also make crumbs from flour, sugar, and butter. But here you add buttermilk, not water or an egg, the buttermilk makes this shortcake nice and fluffy. Shortcake is a rather plain type of cake, not really sweet, but that’s when the fruit and the whipping cream come in, shortcake is the perfect companion to fresh strawberries and some sweetened whipping cream!
Is it already spring in your region? I currently live in Munich, in the south of Germany and just a few days ago we had heavy snowfall. Today the sun is shining brightly but it is brisk and cold outside. I feel that the snowdrops and crocus are all confused as to whether spring is actually around the corner or not. But be it as it may, I decided to introduce some refreshing lime bars, which are definitely going to bring spring to your plate. I love the fact that they are super easy to prepare, you don’t need a lot of ingredients and that you can serve them for Easter, brunch or anything that needs to be brigthened by some fresh yellow color. Also, these will intensify in flavor on day 2 or 3, so perfect if you want to make them in advance.
I decided I needed a super simple and quick recipe. There have been too many complicated ones recently. We simply don’t have time to be in the kitchen for so long, especially if it is supposedly made from scratch. How about these delicious lime bars? You can also make them with lemon or any other citric fruit. I love them with lime. The shortcrust is not prepared the regular way with cold butter, but don’t despair, melting the butter is actually what makes this so easy to prepare. And the lime curd is also done in a jiffy, you basically whisk together all ingredients and that’s it. Let the oven do the hard work.
I want spring! How about you? Can I interested you in a bluberry lemon cupcake with lemon frosting? I can assure you, with this cupcake you will invite the colors and scent of spring onto your plate. These lemon cupcakes are moist, tart, and have blueberries as an extra bonus. You can omit the blueberries, but I just love the combination of lemon with blueberries. The frosting is prepared with cream cheese and flavored with lemon zest and lemon juice. This cupcake is perfect for any occasion, be it for a birthday, coffee invte, or for Sunday guests. They can be prepared beforehand, but also don’t take that much time to prepare fresh.
In exactly one week, on February 15th my blog will turn two. For this reason I decided to prepare a delicious chocolate strawberry cake. It is a very festive cake, so I think it would fit also on Valentine’s Day or later Mother’s Day.
When I started blogging about two years ago, my first blog post was French lemon tarts. I started blogging to be sure to have all the recipes I liked in one place. You know, not frantically looking for a little piece of paper, checking whether I had received a recipe on a napkin and the like. I also liked the fact that I could simply forward a link to my friends and family if they requested for me to pass on a recipe. So much easier than having to write it down in some form. Yes, I do bake with my blog, I usually have my cell phone close by.
Would you like to taste spring? Then I have this waffle cake with rhubarb compote and fresh straberries for you. Seriously, a dream come true. When I tried the first bite, I was hooked, so much wonderful and tangy rhubarb!
You can serve this waffle cake for brunch, so for your mom on Mother’s Day it is perfect. But if you keep the rhubarb compote, waffles, and whipped cream separate, you may also take this cake to your next picnic or even to the beach. Just be sure to only assemble it shortly before eating and keep the whipping cream chilled.