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”

Potica with walnuts and pecans

Easter is here. I always liked this holiday. Easter brings along all the good stuff – coloured eggs, enormous amounts of chocolate and other goodies, that appear on our tables only in festive times. But apart from that, I like Easter because it announces that spring is here which brings along longer days and warmer, sunnier weather. I don’t really do anything special on Easter, other than visiting family, but despite that I always make sure I colour the eggs and make potica.  Continue reading “Potica with walnuts and pecans”

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.”

Baked whole wheat chocolate donut bites

It’s less than a week from Carnival or Mardi Gras or however you call it and it’s time to make something appropriate for the occasion. Since this year Mardi Gras comes just on my birthday and I want my birthday to be filled with cake and not donuts (or maybe I should consider a donut cake), I decided I’ll indulge in donuts a week before. It doesn’t make a difference for me, since here in Belgium Mardi Gras is not so big as it is in some other countries. I do miss it sometimes, I like to dress up and overeat with donuts.  Continue reading “Baked whole wheat chocolate donut bites”

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”

Raisin bread devils for Saint Nicolas

It’s finally here, Saint Nicolas’ day. I don’t know about your place, but here children get presents on the 6th of December. In Slovenia we put a plate the evening before and in the morning there are presents, some fruit and nuts and of course candy. St. Nicolas comes with angels and devils and if you’re not a good girl/boy, you get coal instead of presents and a willow branch, as a warning (it’s meant for spanking). Continue reading “Raisin bread devils for Saint Nicolas”

Apple and pear pie with pecan frangipane

The first time I ever made a pie, was for Laurens. A deep dish apple pie. Since then I made several and most of them were apple or pear pie variations. I think these two fruits are perfect for a pie, pie is a humble dessert and so are apples and pears. I’ve never been a big fan of pies, I found them boring, but lately I’m becoming a big fan, especially of the buttery and flaky crust. Continue reading “Apple and pear pie with pecan frangipane”

Apple and marzipan galette

If there is one advantage of short autumn (and winter) days, it is that they force you to get in the cosy mode earlier in the day. And when I’m in the cosy mode I always feel like baking something. There is something comforting in the smell of fresh baked goodies. And eating them is comforting as well. Continue reading “Apple and marzipan galette”

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”