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Blog Birthday Coming Up and a Delicious Chocolate Strawberry Cake

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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.

Erdbeer-Schokotorte 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.

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Strawberry Mojito Cocktail

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I wanted a strawberry mojito cocktail. I asked for this cocktail when I picked strawberries with my husband. I really love picking strawberries, there is nothing nicer than to pick them from the field straight into your mouth. I am married to a Colombian, so strawberry picking was something he had never done. I requested we go and even though we live in a big city in Germany, the next strawberry field was surprisingly close. Nothing comes close to plicking fruits and enjoying them right there and then.

Well, and then we had tons of strawberries. I have already some strawberry recipes on this blog. For example this strawberry rhubarb waffle cake, strawberry sponge roll, or this no bake strawberry cake, this strawberry chocolate cake, or these fluffy strawberry pancakes for breakfast. But I wanted something else. I wanted to celebrate. Celebrate that I am fully recovered after my horrible bike accident. For that reason we had a giant cookie monster cake a few days ago. But I wanted to celebrate with a drink. I love mojitos and I love strawberry mojitos. So I asked my husband to make me a strawberry mojito. One with fresh strawberries.

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Elderflower and Lemon Wedding Cake, celebrating with Meghan and Harry

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Ok, so this elderflower and lemon wedding cake is completely spur-of-the moment and unlike me. I am usually not that girly type of girl, sorry, you know, like pink, sprinkles, princess, etc. But somehow when I watched Meghan and Harry getting married, I was touched. And I felt like making their weddding cake, a very small version of course. Especially since elderflowers are finally blossoming here in the north of Germany. We seem to always be lagging behind, whereas in London apparently they are in full blossom, they are only starting here. So I decided to make my own elderflower syrup and give this wedding cake a go.

elderflower and lemon wedding cakeMind you, this is my very first three-tier cake and no, it is not the original recipe, I deviate in many aspects. It is simply a wedding cake inspired by Meghan’s and Harry’s wedding cake and since the top tier actually was baked in a muffin tin, you can probably imagine it to only feed about 12 people or so. The bottom cake is a 24cm (9inch) cake tin, the top  is only a cupcake. A mini version, yet a celebration of these flavors nonetheless. Elderflower and lemon, sweet versus tart, white and yellow happily married in this symphony of spring.

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Rainbow Color Green: Kiwi Cream Cheese Cake

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Today I am introducing you to a kiwi cream cheese cake with a chocolate crust as sheet cake. We actually ate this cake with some friends on a wonderful sunny weekend in Hamburg and it was the perfect cake to take along to eat outside, picnic style. This is a no fuss cake, easily transportable, you can cut it and eat it without any silverware.

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Rainbow Color Yellow: Lemon Soufflé inside Lemons

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Nothing tastes better on a hot day than a refreshing lemon soufflé. If you want to get all fancy like me, you can also serve the soufflé inside a lemon. It gives this dish its extra tangy flavor and will definitely be a crowd-stopper.

lemon souffleI created this dish originally for my blog event “Colorful Food”. I basically invite you to bake/cook a dish in one rainbow color, either red, pink, orange, yellow, blue, purple or green. For further details please check here. Today obviously the color is YELLOW!

So far we had

A fruit pizza in all rainbow colors

Strawberry pancakes for red

Mini mango cakes for orange

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Waffle Cake with Rhubarb Compote and Fresh Strawberries

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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!

Waffeltörtchen mit Rhabarberkompott und frischen ErdbeerenYou 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.

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Rainbow Color Orange: Mango Mini Cakes (no bake)

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Today I am introducing you to mango mini cakes, which do not require any baking. I am also presenting these mango mini cakes to you as I am organizing the blog event “Colorful Food”. I invite you to create a recipe in one of the seven rainbow colors: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, or pink. If you would like to learn more, please check this blog post. Want to guess which rainbow color I am taking care of today? Well, mango is ORANGE, so today’s recipe is in the rainbow color orange. For red check these strawberry pancakes, yum!

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Rainbow Color Red: Strawberry Pancakes with Strawberry Sauce

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Strawberry pancakes with strawberry sauce! I wanted to start my blog event with the strong color RED and with my favorite meal of the day: BREAKFAST! In fact, I have made this recipe for Saturday breakfast so many times already, I don’t know why I haven’t posted it yet. It is so good, the key words are light, airy, fluffy, and with a strong strawberry flavor, batter as well as sauce. Because, of course, I also added strawberries to the pancake batter, not only the strawberry sauce, which is full of pureed strawberries, some lemon and a bit of sugar.

strawberry pancakes with strawberry sauceAs stated, I am organizing the blog event “Colorful Food!” If you wish to learn more about it, check details here. Basically I invite you to create a dish in one color of the rainbow. I created today’s dish in RED.

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Blog Event Colorful Food and a Fruit Pizza

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I am excited to say that tommorow a new blog event gets started! Spring is here and finally all things fresh and bright are popping up. I want to encourage you to get some color into your food so therefore I am organizing the blog event “Colorful  Food”! The basic idea is that you pick one rainbow color (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, or pink) and create a dish with it. The color has to come from the ingredients themselves, no artificial food coloring allowed. On top of that I present a fruit pizza here with all rainbow colors, because how else can you celebrate this event? For the recipe, please scroll down.

blogevent-colorful-food-englishAre you interested in taking part? This is what you have to do:

  • From May 1, 2018 until June 30, 2018 you have to create a recipe/dish in one rainbow color (yes, you have to color-code this time, your recipe should only be in one main color), no artificial food coloring allowed, only natural coloring. The recipe can be anything, ranging from sweet, savory, drink, dessert or main dish as long as it is in one color. Please don’t use posts from your archive, but only newly created ones.
  • Post the recipe with at least one picture on your blog, come back here, leave your blog post via inlinkz (scroll down) and have a look what the others created.

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Lemon Meringue Pie

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Apparently I am into lemon flavor. This is not the first lemon recipe I have posted here. If you love anything with lemon, be sure to check out the recipes at the end of this post, it includes double lemon cupcakes, pavlova with lemon curd, the classic lemon tartelette from France and other treats. Well, maybe I should clarify, I love lemon flavor, but my husband is obsessed with it. So that’s why I decided to go with yet another lemon recipe: Lemon Meringue Pie!

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