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Gingerbread Cupcakes with Cranberry Filling

Lebkuchen-Cupcakes mit Cranberry-Füllung

Today I brought you some wonderful gingerbread cupcakes with cranberry filling. They are so easy to prepare, really! Basically you cream the butter with the sugar, add the egg, and then all other ingredients and that’s about it. Really simple, I promise.

Lebkuchen-Cupcakes mit Cranberry-FüllungThere is a reason why I called these cupcakes gingerbread cupcakes. I made the cupcakes with molasses and added a lot of gingerbread spices. I mean, you do want them to actually taste like Christmas, right? I also decided to fill them with cranberry jam, which we are going to prepare in a few minutes, it is really simple. And the frosting secretly hides some gingerbread spices in the chocolate. I hope you are as excited about these cupcakes as I am!

I am also excited to be introducing the very talented illustrator Ellen Martens who designed these adorable cupcake toppers. I especially like this very cuddly deer and that cute little fox. She was kind enough to graciously invent cupcake topper PLUS Christmas cards. Let me know either her or on Instagram what you think of these illustrations.

I would also invite you to check out Ellen’s Instagram!

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My Ten Favorite Chocolate Recipes

Schoko-Mousse-Kirschtorte

I have said this before, I will say this again, I am a huge chocolate fan. I love anything with chocolate. In fact, I am a chocoholic, I will eat chocolate at any time. So for that reason I wanted to give you my ten favorite chocolate recipes ranging from simple cookies to complicated cakes. Because now it is finally official that we are allowed to indulge ourselves in chocolate.

#1 Lava Cake

Few ingredients, so rich and perfect for any chocolate lover. This is to the present day my most popular recipe on my blog as well as on Pinterest. Lava cakes are really not that hard to prepare and I give you a foolproof method to ensure that the outside is baked while the center is gooey and liquid. Check out the post!

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#2 The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

I looked high and low before settling on these. You will not regret trying them, loads of chocolate chips and so buttery and yummy, a simple classic you will make over and over again.

best chocolate chip cookies

#3 The Best Chocolate Cupcakes

They are so moist, so chocolaty and the frosting is just the best. Try these chocolate cupcakes, you never want to go back again.

Chocolate Cupcake

#4 Cherry Chocolate Mousse Cake

This is a decadent cake that combines chocolate mousse with cherries. A must try for anyone who loves chocolate with cherries!

Schoko-Mousse-Kirschtorte

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My Eight Favorite Fall Recipes

Have I mentioned before that I love fall? It is my favorite season. I just love everything, the cozy scent of cinnamon, warm and snuggly blankets, hot chocolate, the golden sunlight, there is very little I don’t like about fall. I even enjoy the rain, even if I have to wear a rain jacket and rain pants when I cycle to work and feel the raindrops hitting my face. It’s like an old friend I am happy to say hi to. For that reason it is time that I give you a list of my favorite fall recipes. Oh, there is so much you can bake with, apples, plums, cinnamon, pumpkin, I just love fall ingredients! As today is the first day of fall, I officially wanted to do a collection of fall recipes. I hope you find something to your liking!

#1 Pumpkin roll in the shape of a pumpkin

This is vegan yeast dough that is pretty easy to prepare and is definitely going to be a show-stopper. I brought these pumpkin rolls to a party once and I was asked to pass on the recipe several times.

pumpkin rollPumpkin rolls in pumpkin shape

2. Cute owl cupcakes

I made a mistake the first time I made these. I gave these cute little owls names. And then it was so hard to actually bite into one of these big eyes… Really bad idea. You will need Oreos and M&Ms, it’s really simple to make.

Süße EulencupcakesCute owl cupcakes

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The Very Best Homemade Croissants

Die besten selbstgemachten Croissants

Today I am presenting to you the very best homemade croissants with a step-by-step guide with lots of pictures. Preparation is done over the course of three days and most of the rising times happen during the night. I also give options to either prepare in two days or four days. I did post another croissant recipe about a year ago. But I have learned. When I asked you on Facebook, you indicated you wanted another recipe. So I tried and improved. Until I was happy. So please give the floor to a new and improved croissant recipe, which can be prepared in little chunks in three days! Die besten selbstgemachten Croissants Continue Reading…

Stained Glass Cookies

stained glass cookies

Let me introduce stained glass cookies to you. Stained what? Yes, you read right. These cookies are both, they are eatable, but they are also super pretty decoration. They will look extra pretty if you hang them in a window or put them on a branch. Because then you will be able to see through the stained glass. I think these cookies are perfect for the season and most definitely a thoughtful gift.

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Healthy Ginger Muffins with no Refined Sugar

In February, I did a little experminet: I didn’t eat any refined sugar. For 24 days it was honey, molasses, raisins or dates. So I had to check what I could eat for breakfast because I like sweet breakfast. In February I would eat a slice of bread with peanut butter, molasses and banana, but that got boring. So I checked what else I could try. I know that it is not that common in Germany to have a muffin for breakfast. I mean, that sounds like eating cake for breakfast, right? Not going to happen during my sugarfree month. But if you think of a muffin without refined sugar and a lot of whole wheat flour, it suddenly doesn’t sound that bad. If you add some fresh ginger  (much better than ground!) and dark molasses to the mix, you suddenly got me interested. I enjoy mine with plain yoghurt. Try it, it really is an awesome combo!

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Roscónes: Colombian Sweet Bread Stuffed with Guava Paste

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Today I am excited to say that this is a treat you most likely haven’t heard of if you are not Colombian: roscónes. Sweet yeast bread is already a good start, then add some cool guava paste (called bocadillo in Colombia, it has many other names in other Latin American countries) and you have a very exotic mix. I think only Colombians can create something, which is like breakfast and dessert merged into one piece of deliciousness. Yeast dough? For sure! Fancy braiding of said dough? You betcha! Excotic guava filling? Nothing less!

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How to Make Vanilla Extract

Wie man selbst Vanilleextrakt herstellt

I originally planned to post here once per week, but I am so excited, I am going to ignore that plan and post anyway. There are two reasons why. No. 1: Anna from the blog Teigliebe (in German) asked today which was our favorite spice for baking. Which made me think. The answer is really simple: I have come to realize that vanilla extract does give a recipe a very nice flavor. I have often been forced to leave out vanilla extract because it is soooo hard to come by in Germany. But the baked goods taste so much better if you add it. And no. 2 is because, you know, I finally found out how to make my own vanilla extract. It is so simple and easy, I am a bit angry I didn’t know beforehand.

Wie man selbst Vanilleextrakt herstellt

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Nutella Chocolate Chip Cookies

nutella chocolate chip cookie

I am a huge fan of cookies. If you say chocolate chips, I am in. If you say chocolate chips plus Nutella, you get me excited. Think of a cookie full of chocolate chips plus a soft center plus a swirl of Nutella. I can’t resist that combination.

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