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How to Make a Heart Cake out of a Round Cake

You don’t have a heart-shaped cake pan, but you would like to make a heart-shaped cake either for Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day? I got you covered. How you can make a round cake into a heart-shaped cake with minimal loss of cake is explained in this blog post. We are going to cut the cake and cover everything with buttercream. I will show this process with photos. In addition, I will list 14 different cake recipes, which may serve as the base of your heart. The recipe for the pictured raspberry chocolate heart is also part of this article.

How to transform a round cake into a heart-shape cake without a heart-shaped cake form

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Lemonies or Lemon Brownies

We were fortunate enough to go on vacation in the north of Spain and in Portugal in spring 2023. During our trip I got to see tons of lemon trees. Many seemed to be completely abandoned. Some had half their lemons lying on the floor, which made me hurt. So I started to pick them up. Sometimes I asked whether this was OK if I saw anyone around, but nobody seemed to mind. This resulted in me having lots of lemons during our holidays, so I got to work to use them all properly. Zorra from the blog Kochtopf (in German) publishes a lot of lemon recipes. She lives in Spain and often talks about the abundance of lemons available. So I know I would find something interesting on her blog. The below recipe is from her, I love the fudgy texture of these lemonies. Don’t think of these as a lemon loaf, but rather than brownies with lemon flavor, you will enjoy them. Continue Reading…

Festive Dominostein Cake

If you are looking for an impressive Christmas cake, look no further! This Dominostein cake imitates the German sweet Dominostein. The cake consists of gingerbread sponge cake layers, an apricot layer, a marzipan layer and some cream cheese filling. It definitely is a decadent cake, but I mean, if there is an occasion to eat it, I would say it is Christmas! The recipe is from the German blog Küchendeern and I was fontunate enough to make the cake with Jasmin, the blogger of said blog.

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Torta Rogel from Uruguay

I am going to introduce torta rogel from Uruguay today. Why do you find many recipes from Uruguay on this blog? Because I was born in this beautiful country in Latin America. Even though I have a German passport, I lived in Uruguay for several years as a child. We happened to live in Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay. Back in the 80s you would occasionally find some horse carriages between the cars and we lived on one of the main streets. My sister and me often paid a visit to the nearby kiosk, we would either get “chicle”, which is chewing gum, or we got breakfast: bread and dulce de leche. Dulce de leche is the peanut butter of Latin America, the caramel made from sweetened milk is used as much in Latin American cuisine as is peanut butter in the U.S. I will never forget how my dad instructed my sister and me to get breakfast: “Go and get bread and dulce de leche from the vaca cow (vaca= Spanish for cow).” We may have spoken German among each other, but a Spanish word would slip in here and there. Sometimes funky creations such as saying the same word in two language would come out of it. But anyway, I love dulce de leche, so I wanted to show you this delicious cake, which contains a lot of it. In this reel you can see how I make it and how it looks.

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12 Recipes with Apples

Today I am doing a recap, 12 recipes with apples. I normally don’t like to eat a plain apple just like that, but I am all in, especially in fall and winter when it comes to apple slices in porridge, somehow app by les are extra perfect for this occasion. This year we got to do apple picking already. Some farms close to Munich offer this option. We went to the Holzerhof in Ismaning (I am not paid to mention this). You can pick apples as well as plums and it is a super pleasant experience. When you get there, they will let you know which type of apple you may find where and then let you to it, so you are free to try whatever apple type you want. I took home quite a big batch and had to make a lot of things with apples. So for that reason let me give you my 12 favorite reipces with apples:

Cakes and Cupcakes

#1 Apple Almond Cake, you will find apples inside the dough as well as part of a compote. The topping contains another apple for decoration.

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Germany’s Answer to Apple Pie: German Apple Cake

Today I am going to introduce Germany’s answer to apple pie: German apple cake. It consists of a double pie crust, lots of apple filling and is then glazed. Compared to American apple pie, it looks rather plain. It doesn’t have any decorations, but believe me, this doesn’t mean that it tastes any less! This year we went apple picking already and so I decided to make this good old German apple cake. Sometimes you just crave the classics, so today you get this very traditional German apple cake.

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Chocolate Layer Cake with Raspberry Curd

Chocolate layer cake with raspberry curd, who wants a piece? Anybody who knows me, knows that I am a huge chocolate lover. Yes, I do have an entire section just dedicated to chocolate. Check out my chocolate category to get you transported to chocolate heaven. As my birthday is approaching soon and as some states here in Germany will start school soon again, I decided to present a real decadent cake again. Yes! I know, I know, at least for my standards I have tried to cut back on too many cakes this year. So far I have presented Sachertorte, a strawberry chocolate cake and a lemon sponge cake with cranberry filling. That is basically a cake every second month, which isn’t too much for my standards. But let’s get back to this delicious chocolate layer cake.

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Apricot Pretzel Sticks Cake

While I am writing these words, I still have the taste of this delicious apricot pretzel sticks cake in my mouth. This is seriously such a delicious treat and we are not going to use the oven. When I first tried it, I thought it was OK, you know, good, but not necessary excellent. However, the day after, I was so surprised, it tasted just so much better. So this is definitely a cake you can make in advance. Yummy, yummy, yummy. And for that reason this recipe made it on the blog, so let’s enjoy this apricot pretzel sticks cake! Continue Reading…

Original Burnt Cheesecake from San Sebastian

Today you will get the best cheesecake from San Sebastian from the Basque country in the north of Spain. This tarta de queso is the same recipe as from the restaurant La Viña. It contains five ingredients: cream cheese, eggs, heavy cream, sugar, and a bit of flour. As the cake is baked at high heat (200-210 degrees Celsius), it has a caramelized (or burnt) surface and thus looks a lot like crème brûlée. Inside though it is extra creamy. As all ingredients only need to be mixed, it is pretty fool-proof and thus perfect for beginners. You may enjoy this cake plain or you can serve with some fruits and/or a fruit sauce. Below recipe is similar to the one from the restaurant, I only reduced the amount of sugar. Feel free to increase the amount if you wish to.

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