Tuesday, October 18, 2011
utumn is my favourite time of year, I love all the colours,the smell of earth, the cold crispy air and the sound of fallen leafs on the ground when they blow in the wind. But what I love most is all the delicious fruits that I can find I the markets and all the lovely things you can make with them. Big jars of apple jam, plum juice, marinaded pears on a shelf in a dark cupboard that we can take out on cold winter days to remember how colourful and bright these days where.Ahh, how i love the autumn. So this autumn cake is a sour cream cake filled with apple jam with a twist of lemon and cinnamon cream. Lovely flavours together.
Friday, October 14, 2011
I am not really into this cupcake trend that is now, not because I don't find them nice or uninteresting, just because I am more of a cake person. This cupcake was not suppose to be a cupcake either, it just somehow ended up like one. The original recipe was for a simple flat square cake with blueberries. It looked kind of boring so I decided that for ones I would make cupcakes. Then I went to the shop and they didn't have any blueberries so I ended up with Cherries. I am very happy with the result though they where sooooo tasty, totally delicious. So Vanilla cupcakes filled with cinnamon marinated cherries and topped with cherry cream and cherry/cinnamon syrup i will for sure make again.
Saturday, October 1, 2011
This cake was a lot about testing. The lady who ordered the cake said she wanted a cake like the one in the shop for her sons engagement party. And i wasn't sure what to think or what she actually wanted, so after some more phone calls I finally understood which cake she wanted , and yes, she wanted a cake like the one in the shop.
And then it was the decoration, well I didn't get any exact answer on that either. So then after a few more phone calls she said, "I trust you, all the cakes you make are always beautiful" After she said this she got a lot more cake then she asked for, I am not very difficult to flatter :D But back to the cake in the shop. The cake in the shop is actually a very simple cake called Sancha cake, You can find it in almost all shops here in Moscow,it looks like a pyramid that somebody has thrown white and brown painting on. But it taste really delicious. So what I did to make this white and brown painted pyramid cake in the shop to look like this, was to make a normal chocolate cake , take out all the soft parts inside the cake so it became a cake shell, cut the soft cake-parts into pieces and mixed it with sour cream-vanilla cream and pineapple and put it all back again. She became very happy, I became very happy and hopefully somebody will get married and live happily ever after.
Friday, September 30, 2011
Last week I got asked if I could make two cakes for an orphanage here in Moscow , and of course I said yes. Somehow making cakes for children is so joyful it takes so little to please a child while we adults demands so much more.I wonder where we lost this ability, we are so much into our work,career,lack of time and so on that we somehow lost the small pleasures here in this life. Happily cakes normally brings adults and children a lot of joy. I for sure had a joyful time making this two cakes. The sweet lady who ordered the cake said I could make what ever I wanted so I ended up making two of my favourite characters from a very funny Russian cartoon series. I especially like the romantic ram called Barash, he is hopelessly in love with a lovely pig. The pink hedgehog called Ezhik is also a sweet little one.
Since the cake was only for children I made a Rainbow-vanilla cake and filled it with tutti-fruity cream. It became a really a joyful looking cake inside and outside:)
Monday, September 5, 2011
Sometimes some idea for a cake just pops into my head and I cant get peace in my soul until I have made it. This cake is one of those cakes. I have a friend named Ana-Maria who is posting so much beautiful Japanese drawings and other stuff on Facebook . So I guess the idea actually started there, and then I started to remember some Japanese dolls my father brought from Japan from the days he was a sailor, I used to play with them when I was a child. The cake itself also has a small story . Also in my childhood my friends and i used to go to our neighbouring village and buy the best and the hugest ice cream you can imagen, and what we normally used to order was one scoop of chocolate ice cream and one scoop of pistachio ice cream, wonderfully and sinfully tasty. So this cake is in the memory of this wonderful ice cream. So the lowest cake is a Chocolate cake filled with pistachio cream with chopped pistachios, the top cake is a pistachio cake filled with chocolate cream with chopped airy milk chocolate.
So my dear Ana-Maria and my favourite ice cream this cake is in the honor of you guys <3
Friday, August 19, 2011
This cake I made for a boy who became 4 years old. I could make whatever I wanted. So this was what I ended up with. I wanted it to look like a children's drawing so I tried to remember how i was drawing in my childhood, and i guess it was something like this :) The cake itself is a mild Chocolate cake filled with raspberry jam and a sour-cream raspberry mousse.
Sunday, August 14, 2011
This is a small wedding cake for around 10 people. It is always joyous to make weeding cakes, it is so nice to know you will take a small part in someone's big day only if it is just with a cake :) So this is a Vanilla cake filled with cappuccino mousse and white chocolate/vanilla mousse.
Monday, August 8, 2011
The recipe for these cookies I got from my Danish friend Michael . They where really easy and quick to make and tasted delicious. The only problem with them was the recipe, though Norwegian language is very close to Danish language there is a lot of difference i came to know reading this recipe. So I couldn't really manage to understand how they where suppose to look so they ended up like this. Not to bad I must say. These cookies are filled with raspberry jam, but it possible to fill them with any jam. I will make them again for sure, they are absolutely lovely. So thank you Michael for the recipe for these lovely Raspberry filled cookies :) You will find the recipe on The recipe.
Mousse cakes are very popular here in Russia,and I can understand that of course they are delicious. And they are not really that complicated to make either. And the fun part about mousse cakes is that you can make them of any taste you like. I have tried out a lot of different taste and one of my favourites is these two cakes, a Chocolate mousse cake with dark and white chocolate on a nut meringue and a Blueberry yoghurt mousse on vanilla cake.
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Many years ago i was an apprentice to become a chef in a small Michelin restaurant called D'artagnan . I learned so much in that kitchen and i loved it all. All the French exclusive dishes that went out to the guests was so beautifully made and tasted like heaven. Still there is a few thing a remember more the others, one of them is the French pastry Brioche. I remember when they took them out of the oven and the smell was so lovely, and they looked so small and delicate. And they tasted so much more then normal Norwegian pastry,so much softer and full of taste from saffron and rich butter. So as nostalgic as i am i decided to make this French beauties ,not with saffron but with cinnamon. And i don't regret it, so tasty. So i recommend everybody to try out Cinnamon Brioche ones in their life .
I am very fond of testing out new recipes and tastes. So this is one of my testing projects. I have for a long time seen Whoopie pie recipes all over the net, and i have wanted to make them for a long time now. So finally i made them :) Another thing i have wondered how was tasting was Marshmallow Fluff . So i finally made that to. And i have had this flavored oils for some time and i haven't manage to try all of them out. So i off course had to try them as well. So i made whoopie pies filled with flavored marshmallow fluff. To be totaly honest i don't think i will make them again, they became so sweet i really thought i got diabetes there and then. When i use American recipes i normally use less sugar, in these ones i did as well but still the became really sweet. Might be they would be better with a fresher filling. But still i manage to test out all the things i have wanted for a long time so i am still happy. The oils i tested was banana flavor - very tasty,coconut flavor-my favorite, tutti frutti flavor- very children friendly,raspberry flavor- fresh and nice and cheese cake flavor- soft and round taste. I have also tested pistachio flavor- also one of my favorites,chocolate flavor- not tasty at all and orange flavor- fresh and nice taste.
Friday, June 17, 2011
Now that the strawberry season has started i thought it was time for a strawberry cake. I grew up in a village that had a few fields with strawberries, so when the summer vacation had started and the village was filled with the sweet smell of strawberries my friends and i couldn't manage to keep away from the sweet berries. But the thing was that in the daytime the fields was filled up with eager strawberry pickers. So we waited until the sun barley had gone under the horizon and run as fast as we could to the fields. Then we sat down in the middle of the field and enjoyed the sweet and juicy berries, and nobody could tell us that stolen berries dint tasted good. I have a lot of good memories about strawberries so it was not difficult to find inspiration to this cake. The cake is a Vanilla cake filled with New York Cheesecake and fresh strawberries.
Monday, June 13, 2011
A few weeks ago i sat and ate peanuts when my friend served me a wonderful cup of cafe latte. With the taste of salted peanuts in my mouth i drank the cofe, and the taste that came was one of the best i have tasted in a long time. i would never thought that cofe and peanuts would taste so perfect together. That is the idea of this cake Chocolate cake filled with caramel, salted peanuts and a mocha cream. The mocha cream is made from a cofe chocolate, it tasted a lot of cofe and very nice. I have wanted for a long time to learn how to make this type of big roses, so after several you tube clips this is the result. I have to practice more, but i had really a lot of fun making it.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
This cake was for a lot of people and it really became huge.I think it must have been around 8 kg. I didn't have much time to make it but i am kind of happy with the result. It is not so easy to get cream cake as nice and smooth as rolled fondant, but i feel cream cakes is much more tasty. This cake is made of two layers of Vanilla cake and one layer of chocolate cake filled with apricots jam ,vanilla marinaded apricots and a white chocolate cream.
Profiteroles is a mouthful of deliciousness! And the best part is that is so easy to make. I know people might have a few problems when they bake them, but as long as you don't open the oven door before they are ready they turn out nice and fluffy. These ones i filled with a caramel cream, but you can make any cream you like. I recently made some that i filled with blueberry cream and some filled with apricots cream.
In Norway we have a cake called The worlds best, and it is really one of the best cakes you can get. Originally it is made a thin layer of vanilla cake topped with meringue and chopped almonds filled with thick vanilla cream. But i decided i wanted to make something else with this wonderful cake. So i made it like the original one with vanilla cake an meringue but i had a thin layer of caramel mixed with salted peanuts and a thick layer caramel cream. It was very delicious . Salted peanuts and caramel definitely belongs together.
Sorry for the poor picture quality, i guess i should stick to making cakes and make someone else take the pictures ;)
Sorry for the poor picture quality, i guess i should stick to making cakes and make someone else take the pictures ;)
Monday, February 21, 2011
The last weeks i have been making lots and lots of cakes. I got a call from somebody who is going to open a bakery. They wanted something that was not so Russian so i ended up with making different mousse cakes and other creamy cakes. This is just a few of the cakes i made. So lets hope everything works out for thees guys so i can continue making cakes for the:)