Celebrating my dad´s 70th birthday in Cuba, almost

Not so long ago my loving father turned 70! Our family, mom, dad and us 5 siblings with our own families rented a small village of cottages at Minni borgir. What is great about Minni borgir is that they offer a small village with seven small cottages and one larger house. That means that every family has their own house where they can have their stuff and relax when that is what they want and then every body can gather in the large house for cooking, dining and partying.

Planing the party was left to us sisters because we love coming up with themed party´s, think about the decorations and seeing everything come to life (more on that in a few days) We decided on a Cuban theme. Continue reading


Cappuccino cupcakes à la Nigella – recipes

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


Woopie (pie) it’s Friday! – recipes

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


My little girl’s 5th birthday

On August 11th my “little” girl turned 5. Since we said goodbye to the guests at her 4 year old party she’s been thinking about the cake for this birthday party.
Her mom freely admits that she would like to exercise more control over the creative process but it’s also wonderful to see how much she thinks about this. Over the past year she has, among many others, wanted a superhero theme, Frozen, Barbie and Hello Kitty.

Rummaging around in my baking stuff (which takes up a whole closet by now!) I found two dolls I bought a few years ago. As soon as I saw the dolls, Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf, I knew I wanted to decorate a cake in that theme. The years went by and my little girl never approved a Little Red Riding Hood theme birthday party – until now! Wahoo! Continue reading


Delicious yet oh so simple chocolate cake

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