Do you know flan, a custard famous throughout all of Latin America? Flan is mainly made from milk and eggs, try to imagine a steamed custard, creamy and with a caramel topping. I already introduced the classic flan here. In Uruguay vanilla flan is served with dulce de leche on the side, so if you want a bit more of the caramel flavor, that might be for you. I also have a recipe from Mexico on this blog, chocoflan is a mix of flan and a chocolate cake. Chocoflan is also called the impossible cake as the two layers change during baking. Today I am introducing you to flan de piña, aka pineapple flan. The custard has a distinct pineapple flavor and is served with a thin layer of caramel on top.
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.
Today I am introducing the famous hummingbird cake to you. There is a simple reason for that. It has to do with the fact that I love animals and birds in particular. Since I was born in Uruguay in Latin America, I had the privilege of watching these tiny birds close to our house. I find it extremely fascinating how these birds need to constantly eat as otherwise they wouldn’t survive. Every 15 minutes they need to drink nectar. Since these birds are so pretty, I decided that my cake definitely also need hummingbirds on the outside, clearly displayed. So I figured that I would dry some pineapple slices and use them as flowers the hummingbirds would be drinking from. The hummingbirds are made from sugar cookies. So I warn you, if you make my version of this cake, it will require a lot of work. I believe it is so worth it, but you are free to make it without the fancy decorations. Because, who doesn’t like hummingbird cake?
Have I ever mentioned that I love desserts that sound complicated, but are easy to prepare? This one is most certainly one of them. Welcome to Pineapple Mini Cakes with Mascarpone Cream, so delicious, yet fairly easy to whip up.