Summery Bundt Cake with Blueberries, Blackberries and Peaches – Knuspersommer 2017

Knuspersommer 2017Long time no see! Of course, that’s not true for those of you who are following me on Instagram, where I’ve regularly shown you news from my kitchen or organic garden. However, on my blog I’ve been rather quiet in the last couple of weeks. I was very busy working for University and I am happy to say that I passed everything and can now enjoy my summer holidays! ūüôāMore leisure time means more time to bake – and, as it was my grandfather’s 87th birthday last week, I wanted to bake something to his liking. I know that he loves “Guglhupf” (Bundt Cake) and so I let him choose from three very different recipes. Obviously, this very summery Guglhupf is the one he chose. I made it after this recipe by Sarah from Das Knusperst√ľbchen, a blog I absolutely enjoy following. There are so many fabulous recipes on it and so far I’ve never been disappointed by them – everything I baked according to Sarah’s recipes turned out to be delicious.Similarly, this Bundt Cake was a success. My grandfather ate three slices and was super happy. Therefore, I’ve decided to make this my post for “Knuspersommer 2017“. The ingredients are not only summery in taste but also seasonal at the moment, which I find especially nice. The berries (I added blackberries as my grandfather really likes them) were all freshly picked in my organic garden. Perfect, don’t you agree?

I wish you all a great summer – enjoy the sunshine and the wonderful things nature provides us with right now!

Best wishes,
Bettina.

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Oreo Baileys Chocolate Mousse Cake with Pears

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Hello my dears!

Today, let me show you a recipe I am very proud of. This fantastic cake is sooooo good and so beautiful…I know I shouldn’t boast, but believe me, it’s one of the best I ever made.

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It was inspired by this cake from Caketime by Tamaris, however, I changed quite a lot of the recipe, for instance, I chose to use yoghurt instead of cream cheese, I added pears and sponges…you get the idea. I planned the cake for quite a few days and also tested parts of it. The key layer for me was the chocoalte mousse, which I perfected in a not too heavy version without eggs. Here you can see how I developped (and tasted!) my ideal chocolate mousse for the cake.

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When we cut into this cake on my birthday, I was delighted. The layers were distinct and the flavours in perfect harmony.

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As my guests ate almost the entire cake at a very quick rate (which I think is a good sign), I don’t have a very beautiful picture of the inside. Still, in these two you can more or less see what it looked like.

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I am really in love with this cake – it is quite time-intensive, but it is worth every minute! Don’t forget to send me pictures, if you ever try it out!

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Have a lovely Sunday!

Best wishes from

Bettina, currently living in Winter Wonderland.

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Oreo Baileys Chocolate Mousse Cake with Pears

working time: about 2h 30 min
baking time: about 10 min
yield: a cake (with 20cm diameter)

Ingredients:

Bottom layer:

­       155g Oreos

­       55g butter

­       2 EL Baileys

 

Sponge:

­       4 eggs

­       120g sugar

­       1 pinch of salt

­       2 tbsp. warm water

¬≠¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† zest of ¬Ĺ a lemon

­       80g flour

 

­       2-3 tbsp. sugar for the kitchen towels

Filling:

­       2 pears

­       2-3 tbsp. sugar

 

­       540g Greek yoghurt

­       200g mascarpone

­       1 tsp. vanilla extract

­       8 tbsp. muscovado sugar

­       120g dark chocolate

­       3-6 EL Baileys

­       2.5 dl cream

­       6 gelatin sheets

 

Decoration:

­       at least 4 Oreos

­       100-125g dark chocolate couverture

­       1-1.5 dl cream

­       1-2 tbsp. Baileys

­       1-2 tbsp. powdered sugar

­       1 sachet Express Gelatine (or whipping cream stiffener)

Preparation:

  1. Preheat the oven (or, if you have the possibility, two ovens) to 220¬įC.
  2. For the bottom layer: Grind the Oreos and mix them with melted butter and Baileys. Press into a cake ring and put into the fridge for about half an hour.

 

  1. In the meantime, prepare the pears: Peel the pears and cut them into bite-sized pieces. Put them together with 2-3 tbsp. of sugar into a small pot and let them cook for about 15-20 min. If necessary, you can add a bit of water at the beginning.

 

  1. Prepare the sponge: Separate the egg whites from the egg yolks. Put the egg yolks into a large bowl and put the egg whites into a medium sized bowl.
  2. Add sugar, one pinch of salt and warm water to the egg yolks. Whisk until light and fluffy. Add zest of ¬Ĺ lemon. Set aside.
  3. Add a pinch of salt to the egg whites and whisk with an electric whisk until stiff. Put the whipped egg whites on top of the egg yolk-mixture.
  4. Sift the flour and ground almonds on top. Gently fold in and combine, trying to keep the volume.
  5. Pour the mixture into two tins (covered with baking parchment) and level into two squares of about 25x25cm (about 1-1.5cm high), smoothing the top with a palette knife.
  6. Bake for 8-10 minutes in the middle rack of the oven until golden brown on top. Generously sprinkle two kitchen towels with the additional white sugar. Carefully turn the sponges out of its tin onto the towels. Immediately remove the baking parchment. Cover sponges with the baking tins and let them cool down. Take the cake ring off the Oreo layer, wash it and cut the sponge layers using the cake ring as size guidance.

 

  1. For the filling: Put each 270g yoghurt, 100g mascarpone, ¬Ĺ tsp. vanilla extract and 4 tbsp. muscovado-sugar into two different bowls. Mix to combine.
  2. Melt chocolate over a bain-marie and soak the 3 gelatin sheets for the Baileys crème in a bowl of water.
  3. Whip the cream until stiff. Add 3-6 tablespoons of Baileys to the bowl in which you want to make the Baileys crème.
  4. Put the gelatin sheets into a small pot together with 3 tbsp. of water and warm slightly until the gelatin dissolves. Add 2-3 tbsp. of the Baileys cream and mix it with the gelatin. Then, add this liquid to the rest of the crème while whisking. Carefully add half (i.e. about 125 g) of the whipped cream.IMG_20170116_183423_762b.jpg
  5. Put the Oreo bottom layer onto a cake plate. Close the ring again around the Oreo layer. Pour 2/3 of the Baileys crème into the cake ring. Lay a sponge layer on top and spread the pear cubes onto this sponge.
  6. Prepare the gelatin sheets for the chocolate mousse and add it to the yoghurt mixture for the chocolate mousse as described above. Then whisk in the melted chocolate. Carefully add the rest of the cream.
  7. Put the chocolate mousse onto the pIMG_20170116_183443_910b.jpgears (you might not need all the chocolate mousse, which is not a problem). Put the second sponge onto the chocolate mousse and on to the rest of the Baileys crème. Make sure the top is as even as possible.
  8. Let the cake set in the fridge for at least 2-3 hours or overnight.
  1. For the chocolate net: Melt dark chocolate and pipe a pattern onto kitchen foil. It should be slightly higher than the cake. Wait until the chocolate is almost set, thenIMG_20170117_073127_946b.jpg

    press the kitchen foil around the cake and put it in the fridge for 10 minutes. If you miss this moment and chocolate is already too hard, use a blow-drier to warm the chocolate up gain. Let the cake rest in a cool place

 

  1. Whip the cream until stiff together with powdered sugar and Express Gelatine/shipping cream stiffener. Add Baileys. Put the mixture into a piping bad and decorate the cake as you wish. You might want to use some Oreos for this as well. Let the cake rest in a cool place for another 30 min. Serve and enjoy!

(cake inspired by a cake from Caketime by Tamaris)

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To get a printed version:
Download the pdf. (Both English and German versions available!)

Oreo Baileys Chocolate Mousse Cake with Pears (English)

Oreo-Baileys-Schokoladenmousse-Torte mit Birnen (Deutsch)

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Apple Plum Cake with Poppy Seeds (Recipe Testing)

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Today, I would like to show you my Mum’s birthday cake. This year, we decided to go for autumnal flavours, inspired by the beautiful way autumn presented itself last week!

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So, when I stumbled across these fantastic¬†pictures on the blog Emma’s Lieblingsst√ľcke, showing a beautiful cake with apples, plums and poppy seeds, I knew that I had to try it!

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First of all: I can absolutely recommend the recipe (which you can find here)! The changes I’ve made were only very sublte – I substituted some of the mascarpone and cream quark with yoghurt to make it a bit lighter and I used slightly less flour for the sponge.

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The result was a wonderful cake – my Mum and also our guests loved it! The flavours were in perfect harmony, we were really happy about it!

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Don’t hestitate to try this recipe yourselves!

Much love (and best wishes from Dobby),
Bettina.

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Two Tier Marscapone-Quark-Yoghurt-Cake with Berries and Lime

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Let me present you today one of my favourite cakes I ever made. As the recipe is rather long (though not very difficult) it took me quite a¬†bit of¬†time to finish it off. (Or, to be more explicit a few months, as I made this cake for my Mum’s birthday – and that was in November.)SONY DSC

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The cake is based on this wonderful recipe by ‘Caketime by Tamaris’. I have however added an extra sponge layer, changed the cream mixture (as my Mum disklikes cream cheese) and added the lime flavour._DSC5805b.jpg

I really hope you’ll like the look AND taste of this cake as much as I do! To me there’s nothing more disappointing (in the cake universe) than a cake which looks lovely but tastes not half as good. This will not happen here.The mixture of fresh lime and berries (most of them from my organic garden), intricately arranged chocolate and the two layers (one crunchy, one soft) is simply perfect, in my opinion.

All the best,

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Two Tier Marscapone-Quark-Yoghurt-Cake with Berries and Lime

working time: about 1h 45 min

baking time: about 10 min

This recipe will give you a two-tier cake. The 1st cake has a diameter of 20cm the 2nd one on top of 12 cm.

Ingredients:

Bottom layer:

  • ¬≠¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 100g ground almonds
  • ¬≠¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 200g butter biscuits/shortbread
  • ¬≠¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 130g butter

 

 

Sponge (2nd layer):

  • ¬≠¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 4 eggs
  • ¬≠¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 120g sugar
  • ¬≠¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 1 pinch of sal
  • ¬≠¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 2 tbsp. of warm water
  • ¬≠¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† zest of ¬Ĺ lime
  • ¬≠¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 80g flour
Filling:

  • ¬≠¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 2 dl cream
  • ¬≠¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 350g mascarpone
  • ¬≠¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 250g low-fat quark
  • ¬≠¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 400g Greek Yoghurt
  • ¬≠¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ca. 130g confectioners‚Äė sugar (depending on your taste)
  • ¬≠¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ¬Ĺ sachet of vanilla sugar
  • ¬≠¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† juice and zest of 1 lime
  • ¬≠¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 6 gelatin sheets
  • ¬≠¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 250g berries (washed and dried)

 

  • ¬≠¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 250g berries
  • ¬≠¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† if you like: roses (not sprayed!)
  • ¬≠¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† about 200g chocolate

 

Preparation:

  1. Preheat the oven to 220¬įC.
  2.  For the bottom layer: Roast the ground almonds in a pan and let them cool down. Crush the butter biscuits and mix them with the almonds. Melt and add the butter. Press the mixture into two cake rings (12 and 20 cm diameter) and set in the fridge for about half an hour.
  3.  In the meantime, prepare the sponge: Separate the egg whites from the egg yolks. Put the egg yolks into a large bowl and put the egg whites into a medium sized bowl.
  4. Add sugar, one pinch of salt and warm water to the egg yolks. Whisk until light and fluffy. Add zest of ¬Ĺ lime. Set aside.
  5. Add a pinch of salt to the egg whites and whisk with an electric whisk until stiff. Put the whipped egg whites on top of the egg yolk-mixture.
  6. Sift the flour and ground almonds on top. Gently fold in and combine, trying to keep the volume.
  7. Pour the mixture into a (rectangular) tin and level into all the corners, smoothing the top with a palette knife.
  8. Bake for 8-10 minutes in the middle rack of the oven until golden brown on top. Generously sprinkle a kitchen towel with additional white sugar. Carefully turn the sponge out of its tin onto the towel. Immediately remove the baking parchment. Cover cake with the baking tin and let it cool down. Then cut the shapes of the cake rings (one for the first and one for the second cake) with a knife.
  9.  Wash and dry the berries. Then, distribute them onto the bottom layers (i.e. the biscuit layers) of the two cakes. (Don’t put any berries on the edge.)
  10. Mix mascarpone, low-fat quark and Greek Yoghurt, juice of a lime and confectioner’s sugar. Whisk the cream until stiff.
  11. Prepare the gelatin sheets according to the manufacturer’s instructor. Combine with 2-3 tbsp. of the quark mixture first and afterwards with the entire quark mixture. Fold in the cream very carefully (don’t whisk!).
  12. Put half of the mixture onto the two bottom layers. Cover with the sponges and then with the rest of the cream mixture.
  13. Put the cakes (separately) in the fridge and let them set. Then, put the small cake (without cake tin!) on top of the big cake.
  14.  For the chocolate net: Melt dark chocolate and pipe a pattern onto kitchen foil (prepare the net for the small cake first). It should be slightly higher than the cake. SONY DSCWait until the chocolate is almost set, then press the kitchen foil around the cake and put it in the fridge for 10 minutes.SONY DSC SONY DSCIf you miss this moment and chocolate is already too hard, use a blow-drier to warm the chocolate up gain. Prepare the net for the small cake similarly and let the assembled cake rest in a cool place.
  15. Shortly before you serve the cake, decorate it with fresh berries and (not sprayed) roses.

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To get a printed version:
Download the pdf. (Both English and German versions available!)

To get a printed version:
Download the pdf. (Both English and German versions available!)

Two Tier Mascarpone-Quark-Yoghurt-Cake with Berries and Lime

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Birthday Cake No. 1

SONY DSCOooh, I’ve been baking for hours and hours this weekend! It was my birthday and I wanted to offer my guests a selection of sweet treats. SONY DSCI’ll show you the other recipes during the next couple of weeks – but I have to show you the pictures of my Himbeerquarktorte right away!SONY DSCIsn’t this cake beautiful? And absolutely D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S!! SONY DSCI decorated it inspired by two of my favourite hobbies – ballet and music. To create the lovely chocolate decoration I used chocolate moulds similar to those I used for Harry Potter’s Chocolate Frogs.SONY DSCSONY DSCYou can find the recipe of the Himbeerquarktorte here – go for it! SONY DSC