Poppy seed and strawberry cake with cream cheese and greek yogurt frosting

After a week of cold and rain, we woke up on Sunday with perfect blue sky and sunshine. It was about freakin’ time, because the lack of real spring was making me feel depressed. I’m the person that thrives when temperatures are above 25°C, so Belgian weather is and always will be a struggle. But let’s focus on the good days and Sunday was one of those. It was a picture perfect day – woke up a bit later than normal, had a lazy morning with some good pastry for breakfast, went for a run to burn that pastry, had a healthy lunch, an afternoon bake sesh’ and “stuck-in-the-couch” evening, only a day at the beach would beat it.  Continue reading “Poppy seed and strawberry cake with cream cheese and greek yogurt frosting”

Happy birthday to me! And a brownie cake with chocolate truffle frosting, caramel sauce and almond praline.

On Saturday it was my birthday, it’s the day when I have a right to my own cake, which, since I don’t live at home anymore and thus away from another potential cake maker – my mother, have to make myself. That is OK though, it’s an activity I like (if everything goes as planned) and always results in something good. This year I wanted something extra chocolatey so I went for a cake with brownie bottom, white chocolate and milk chocolate truffle cream and, and, and caramel sauce in between layers. Oh and there is also almond praline hidden in there. Don’t judge me – it was my birthday and I can eat whatever I want.  Continue reading “Happy birthday to me! And a brownie cake with chocolate truffle frosting, caramel sauce and almond praline.”

Chocolate cake with cream puffs

How was your Christmas? I hope it was filled with good food and spent with people you love the most. This year I was the dessert maker for Christmas dinner and lunch. I took the job very seriously and here I am showing you one of the two cakes. I know I am a bit late for posting Christmas desserts, but since this cake can be made for other occasions as well, the delay is not a big deal. If you are still looking for a nice dessert for New Year’s Eve for example, this would work great. Continue reading “Chocolate cake with cream puffs”

Persimmon (kaki) cake with white chocolate truffle frosting

So persimmons (sounds like some mythological creature, right?). I only recently found out how this fruit is called in English, I always knew them as “kaki”. Kaki is quite popular where I come from, there is even a yearly kaki festival in a town 10 min away from my home. I grew up with them, I was forced to eat them every autumn when my mother brought them home, I didn’t like them so much, they were too sweet for my taste and mushy (we had the soft variety, the one that is like a jelly). I still don’t like those that much. Continue reading “Persimmon (kaki) cake with white chocolate truffle frosting”

Brownie truffle graveyard cake for Halloween

So after I made this spider web cake for Laurens, I had to think about something to bring to a Halloween lunch at my work. We are working in a perfect Halloween party location, our building spooks us every single day, especially when you get trapped in the elevator (well since a month ago they are officially not safe to use anymore). We are preparing for the move in a brand new building (with hopefully functional elevators) and some of the groups have already moved. One of them was the pathology department and the floor where they resided is now deserted. There are some fun people at my work and they had this brilliant idea to organize a Halloween lunch in one of those rooms.  Continue reading “Brownie truffle graveyard cake for Halloween”

Spider web cake for Halloween

Halloween is not something I knew since I was little. It’s not traditional here, but in the last years it became quite popular. I never was a fan, I’m all about tradition and adapting some foreign holidays just because the stores and popular culture dictates me to do so, is not something I am fond of. I do like one aspect of Halloween though, the creative food decorations.  Continue reading “Spider web cake for Halloween”

Upside-down plum and coconut cake

When plums hit the stores you know that summer is gone. I am not one of those people that get all excited for autumn and when summer ends, I always get a bit melancholic. Don’t get me wrong, autumn has its perks, but the fact that I have to go trough months of cold, rainy weather does NOT make me very happy, quite the opposite. Continue reading “Upside-down plum and coconut cake”

Lemon cheesecake with blueberry jam

Lemon cheesecake with blueberry jamI have a younger brother (and a sister, but now I will be talking about my brother). He is almost 17 and is a chatty person only when he feels like it. Even though we don’t see each other a lot, our conversations are brief and go normally like this: me: “How’s it going?”, him, barely looking away from his Play Station game, with a super deep voice that I don’t know where it came from, because yesterday he was still my little brother: “Good.”. And that’s it. Well, yesterday he was in his chatty mode and I got a comment from him saying: “I asked you already so many times, to make that cheescake again, but you never do.” I had no idea of which cheesecake he was talking about and for the record, he never asked me for it, believe me I would know if he would. Continue reading “Lemon cheesecake with blueberry jam”

My mother’s tiramisu

tira prvaIt was raining today. So sadly my beach time for today had to be canceled. It was one of those days, that make you want to curl up in the bed or on the couch and watch something. But being lazy is not really what I wanted to do today, so I needed a little pick me up. Luckily rainy days are perfect for some kitchen dancing and I decided to make my mother’s tiramisu. Tiramisu – literally meaning, “pick me up” was just what I needed. This dessert has its origin in a city not far from my home town. Although many people say it originated in Treviso (a city near Venice) in a restaurant called Le Beccherie, where its birth would be around 1970, tiramisu was created 20 years earlier near Trieste, by a partisan cook. The name has a story on its own, well several stories. One of them suggests that the dessert was created for a midnight snack for the ladies of the night, they needed something to keep them going until the morning and the cook whipped this coffee-infused dessert. Some others suggest that it was developed during WWII as a dish made for men to bring with them when sent off to war, to give them more energy. Continue reading “My mother’s tiramisu”