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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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Chocolate Brownie Cookies for Gloomy November Days

Zartschmelzende Schoko-Brownie-Cookies

Chocolate Brownie Cookies! Seriously, I can only recommend trying these! They are so melt-in-your mouth, it’s crazy! If you are a chocoholic like me, these are for you, they scream chocolate, chocoalte, and chocolate again. You need to know that I have tried my share of chocolate cookies, especially if I am in the mood for baking something with chocolate, but don’t want it to take too much time. Chocolate cookies are perfect for that occasion. Trust me, these cookies are for you if you want to whip up something quickly and that satisfies your chocolate cravings.

Zartschmelzende Schoko-Brownie-CookiesLast weekend I had promised myself not to turn on the oven yet again. That’s because I had busied myself with gingerbread. Have you tried these tiny gingerbread houses, which you can actually place on your mug’s rim? Just so adorable! And then I also prepared a tiny wedding cake, like super small, four people tops could eat of it. It was nothing like the wedding cake I invented similar to the one of Meghan & Harry, but still a cake I baked. For that reason I felt that was enough for the weekend. But then this last Sunday was so gloomy in Hamburg, a typical November day and I was craving chocolate.

Zartschmelzende Schoko-Brownie-CookiesSomewehere I had saved the Chocolate Brownie Cookies from Knusperstübchen, a German blog, and I quickly checked whether I had all ingredients at home. I had, so I decided to quickly give them a go. It took maybe 15min and then I had them already in the oven. Oh boy, and then I tried them, and I ate more than I wanted, one after the next. Seriously, I am glad I managed to keep some for work to take along…

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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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Sachertorte, Austria’s most famous Chocolate Cake

Sachertorte

There hasn’t been enough chocolate on this blog yet. So Sachertorte it is! Ever heard of this delicious chocolate cake? It was invented in Austria and it has all the good stuff, lots of butter, lots of eggs (10 in total!), and chocolate, of course. Don’t bore me with cocoa, no, let’s go straight to chocolate. And with these delicious ingredients you make light and fluffy chocolate sponge cake. And to keep it all together, you use apricot jam as the glue. I just love it.

SachertorteI actually had the chance to eat it in Austria. Originally the cake comes from Vienna, I did have the chance to eat it in Vienna, but, gasp, didn’t like it that much. The one I really enjoyed a lot was in Salzburg, the town Mozart is from. Below picture was one of the first pictures I took with my current camera, the Sony Nex7. If you would like to learn more about food photography, please check these blog posts. I looks great, doesn’t it? Austria is busy exporting its Sachertorte. I can’t blame them for doing that. Because yes, you want to dig into this super rich cake, believe me! What I like best about this rich chocolate cake is that you can actually export it because it gets better over time. The apricot jam seals everything and just to be sure, you pour a thick layer of chocolate ganache on everything, because more chocolate is even better, isn’t it?Sachertorte Continue Reading…

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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Chocolate Layer Cake with Berries or Farewell to Summer

Beeren-Schokotorte

I believe it is time to say goodbye to summer. At least here in the north of Germany you can tell, the nights are getting chilly and the days are definitely getting shorter. For that reason I decided to celebrate the change of season with a chocolate layer cake with lots of berries. Mind you, the strawberries are not imported, but actually from Germany. But regardless of what type of berries you have at hand, I am sure you will love this cake. Just make sure you find some tart berries and you will be good to go. The sweetness of the chocolate combines nicely with the brries, believe me.

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Vegan Oreo Cupcakes

vegan oreo cupcake

Vegan Oreo cupcakes! Yes, you read right, vegan cupcakes. You may wonder why I am posting a vegan Oreo cupcake recipe. Well, the thing is that one of my most popular recipe of all times is this vegan Oreo cake Ramona was kind enough to present here as a guest blog entry. She has a full vegan blog, if you are interested, check out www.somegreenlife.com and you will find tons of vegan recipes. So I figured, if people enjoy the vegan Oreo cake, they may as well enjoy Oreo cupcakes.

vegan Oreo CakeVegan Oreo Cake

And no, I didn’t just take her recipe and made cupcakes out of it. That would have been way too easy. Instead I looked for a vegan cupcake recipe, which I found here. I added some chocolate chunks for good measure. And then I wanted to use Ermine frosting. That’s frosting prepared with a flour base to thicken the butter/margarine and make it pipable. I used the non-vegan option in these lavender cupcakes and also in order to frost a cute cookie monster on this non-vegan cookie cake. Ermine frosting is slowly becoming my favorite frosting as it is not as sweet and, as you can see here, also is great for vegan buttercream. This time I decided to use a real vanilla bean (yes, they are expensive) to get really nice vanilla flavor.

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Happy Holidays with these Chocolate Star Cookies!

Chocolate Star Cookie

So, how is your cookie intake? Are you already done with them for 2017? In case you didn’t know, Germans have a special name for the cookies you bake during the holidays. They are called “Plätzchen” whereas everyday cookies are “Kekse”. Does tell you something about how important cookies are during the holiday season, doesn’t it? Two words for cookies, the boring normal ones and the fancy ones for the holidays. And since I love cookies (any for that matter), the holiday season is perfect for a cookie monster like me. Welcome to the Chocolate Star Cookie. This cookie is the star of the sweet combination of vanilla and chocolate – in all its glory.

Chocolate Star Cookie

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