Happy to present lavender cupcakes today. It has been way too long that I presented cupcakes. During these one and a half years I have only shown you guys three recipes, that’s crazy, three only! And since lavender has been on my bucket list forever, I decided to give it a shot this time. Lavender either in a cake or in a cupcake, that was my idea. So I used a basic vanilla cupcake recipe and added some lavender to it. Replaced some of the sugar with honey and added blueberries to the buttercream. May I present to you a summer symphony of lavender, honey, vanilla, and blueberries?
Summer is here and I am posting my very first ice cream on this blog, yay! It is a double chocolate ice cream with a raspberry swirl. It actually is so good, I barely managed to take pictures of it, we just had to eat and eat and eat it. Continue Reading…
About a year ago I tried a mermaid-themed cake for the first time. Back then I simply piped some meringue circles and stacked them on top of each other. But this time I thought, why not go with pavlova in order to create this mermaid pavlova instead. Why and what this all about, I will explain below.
Have you ever heard of the Eton College in UK, the famous boarding school for boys? They happen to have invented a dessert, traditionally consisting of strawberries, whipped cream, and broken up meringue. It’s called Eton Mess. It is commonly served during the annual cricket match agains Harrow School. I looked it up, this year they are playing today, June 23rd. Instead of only serving strawberries, whipped cream and broken up meringue, I decided to go with a cake version, hence Eton Mess Cake.
Has it ever happened to you that you were checking strawberry macaron recipes and you thought that the bright colors they came in were actually real? How disappointed was I when I learned that about 90% of all the color is actually from food coloring! That’s why today I am going to give you the real deal. These strawberry macarons really taste like strawberry because, well the buttercream IS full of strawberries. I didn’t color the macaron shells red, well, because I am hosting a blog event, in which I ask you not to use artifical food coloring when presenting a recipe in mainly one rainbow color and because this would be fake.
This blueberry cheesecake is almost a no-bake cake and does not contain any refined sugar. All its wonderful color and flavor comes from blueberries. I am sure you will love it as much as we did. It consists of an easy two-ingedient cookie base and a creamy blueberry mousse. The best of all, you can make it truly vegetarian, I give tips to make it with agar agar, which is a vegetarian jelling agent. Feel free to use gelatine, if you are more familiar with it, but I actually prefer agar agar.
I am also posting this recipe as I am hosting the blog event “Colorful Food.” I basically invite you to create a recipe in one of the seven rainbow colors: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, and pink. If you would like to learn more, please check here. Today I am presenting, you guessed it, PURPLE! I first started with red strawberry pancakes, which were followed by cute little mango mini cakes for orange, lemon soufflé inside a lemon for yellow, a very green kiwi sheet cake, a spirulina and blackberry smoothie for blue (vegan!), aaaaaand, today this blueberry cheesecake for purple. As you can see, we are still missing pink, so be sure to check back!
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.
My friends, I finally made another vegan recipe again, a vegan spirulina and blackberry smoothie. Have you ever heard of spirulina? I hadn’t, it is an algae that is rich in nutrients, vitamins and proteins, one of those “superfoods.” I decided to order some blue powder on Amazon because I am currently organizing the blog event “Colorful Food.” The idea is to create a recipe in one of the seven rainbow colors: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, and pink. As I am the host of the event, I had to of course also represent all colors on my blog. Below you can see the colorful fruit pizza that started the event with all rainbow colors, followed by red strawberry pancakes, orange mango mini cakes, yellow lemon soufflé, green kiwi sheet cake and today a BLUE breakfast smoothie.
You can probably imagine that blue was scaring me because I ask for no additional food coloring to be used, so I looked for naturally blue ingredients. That’s hard if you mainly focus on fruits like I do as this is a baking blog. Red cabbage apparently can turn blue, if done correctly, but that I didn’t want to try. So I came across spirulina, normally algae is green, but apparently this one is naturally blue.
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.