When I asked my daughter (13) what kind of cake she wanted for her birthday she (almost) shouted; “Nutella cheesecake!” Ok, I get it. I also love that cake but I was hoping to be able to decorate at least one cake for her birthday so I asked her if she would be up for a more traditional birthday cake. “Like what?” she asked. Hmm…how about a chocolate cake covered with Oreo buttercream frosting? Her jaw dropped because she LOVES Oreos 🙂 Then that was decided, one Nutella cheesecake (recipe in my next post 😉 ), chocolate cake with Oreo buttercream frosting and then I decided to also make lemon cake with blueberry compote, vanilla sugar cookies, Oreo filled chocolate pyramids and my husband rigged up some Chili con carne – that’s right, nobody left the party hungry 😉 Continue reading
Oh man, Vanilla cake with caramel sauce – it’s sooo goood. You need to try this one.
I baked these darlings in a silicone mini bunt cake pan from Habitat but of course you can use any pan, small or big, just adjust the baking time to fit the size of the pans you use, for example I baked these for 16 minutes at a 340°F/170°C but if you decide to use 3×8″ pans you need to bake the cake for 40-45 minutes. Continue reading
Oh how I love Red velvet cupcakes! They are so red, light and have the most fantastic subtle chocolate flavor, and the cherry on the top (there is no actual cherry on top 😉 ) is the most wonderful cream cheese frosting. It took me a while to find the perfect recipe but one day while traveling in London I visited Peggy Porschen’s Parlour where I finally tasted the perfect cream cheese frosting! I (almost) immediately ordered her book Boutique baking where I found the recipe amongst many other fantastic recipes. Continue reading
In Iceland, fall is here in all its glory – wind, rain, and all. I really want to swear and curse but then, as I sit here writing this by candlelight, with coffee and brownies, listening to the wind outside I think – nah, this fall isn’t all that bad. It’s so easy to make things all nice and cozy when it starts to get dark again (and the dust is more obvious in sunlight 😉 )
Today I’d like to share with you a recipe for the most incredible brownies. These have chocolate chips in them, both white and milk chocolate. For all you nut-lovers out there, adding about a 100 grams of chopped pistacios or walnuts is just a cherry on top 🙂 Continue reading
Today I stopped by at “Upplifun, bækur og blóm” which is located in Harpa, our largest concert hall here in Iceland. There I can usually hunt down some wonderful flowers that are hard to find elsewhere. Today I managed to find a bundle of peonies, and I LOVE peonies. And I LOVE the scented candles from Voluspa! Not only do they look wonderful but there are so many great scents and I just want to get them all. You can buy them online, but of course you can’t smell them there – you’ll just have to take my word for it. The scents I have at home now are Crisp Champagne and Makassar, Ebony and Peach. Continue reading
These wonderful cappuccino cupcakes are a big family favourite, at least among those of us who like coffee 🙂 They are perfect with cup of the black stuff on a lazy Sunday afternoon, and the simplicity of them makes it all that easier.
The recipe comes from one of Nigella’s books, How to be a domestic goddess, thank you very much! In that same book you’ll find a brilliant silver dollar pancake recipe that only requires a blender, but more on that later. Continue reading
Today I’d like to share with you a recipe for chocolate Woopie Pie. Woopie Pie is really a cross between a cake and a cookie. It’s firmer than a cake but softer than a cookie. These are great for birthday parties where everyone gets their own pie to eat with their hands. They are also perfect for picnics and other outdoor festivities.
The cake is assembled with really any kind of frosting or icing and I must admit that it was not an easy choice this time – the opportunities are endless. Today I decided on a marshmallow vanilla frosting, and it’s a fairly soft type of frosting so I wouldn’t recommend it if you need to transport the cakes. In case you want to take them to a picnic, you’d be better off with a vanilla, chocolate or caramel buttercream. Continue reading
I’d like to share with you my favourite buttercream. It’s so soft and light that it looks like whipped cream. And of course the taste is simply wonderful. I use this frosting quite a lot and it’s great under fondant. The simplicity of adding various flavours such as chocolate, raspberry, caramel, coffee, and peanut butter is just an added bonus. Continue reading
I would like to share with you my go-to recipe for the most delicious yet oh so simple chocolate cake.
This one has never failed me. Never ever. It´s an “all in one bowl” kind of recipe which means that you put all the ingredients in one bowl and just mix until ready – for the oven that is, don’t eat it raw 😉
If all I want to do is “throw” a chocolate cake in the oven and I just can’t be bothered with a “first mix this and then this in a separate bowl ….” kind of recipe then this is my go to recipe. But that said, I also use this one for wedding cakes and birthday cakes. I guess I use it more or less for everything except maybe cupcakes, it’s maybe not firm enough for that. Continue reading