Sunday, March 31, 2013

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Sacher Torte

Today's recipe is a real classic. The famous Sacher Cake. My sister loves this cake and wants to eat it every weekend. I love it too, but I am more of a fruit cake fan. This recipe is really old and I don't know from where I have it, but it is really really good. I have tried a million Sacher Cake's from the local stores, and believe me you don't want to know what some stores sell as a Sacher Cake. It should be illegal.

For the sponge:
150 grams butter
150 grams flour
150 grams sugar
150 grams chocolate (with 60% cocoa)
1 table spoon milk
1 tea spoon vanilla
2 tea spoons baking powder
6 eggs

For the filling:
5 generous table spoons apricot jam

For the glaze:
100 grams chocolate (with 60% cocoa)
100 grams butter

First, add milk and butter to the chocolate and melt it on a double boiler. Once melted, set aside to cool a bit. Separate the egg yolks from the egg whites and set aside. Add sugar to the chocolate butter mixture and mix well. Add the yolks and mix with a whisk or a electric mixer. Next add the vanilla.
In a separate bowl add the baking powder to the flour and slowly, with continuous mixing add to the chocolate mixture. Beat the egg whites until stiff and carefully blend the meringue to the batter. Now put the batter into a greased round baking pan and bake for 40 minutes on 180°C.
When baked, set aside to cool down completely, then cut the sponge in half. Heat the apricot jam in a small pan or in a microwave and spread it out on one half of the cake. Place the other half on top and spread the rest of the jam on top. Make the glaze by melting the chocolate together with butter over low heat. Pour it all over the cake and leave to set.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Lemon Poppyseed Donuts

Lemons are one of my favorite ingredients when it comes to baking. I love the smell of it in baked cookies or the gorgeous color when you squeeze the juice out of it. I always wanted to bake these donuts, but since my father really hates poppyseeds I decided better not. Well, I couldn't stop thinking about those perfect little polka dot babies, so I finally made them the other day. And you know what? My father liked them. Win-win.

For the donuts:

1/2 cup fat-free milk
4 tablespoons fat-free yogurt
1 1/2 cups all purpose white flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
4 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 cup white sugar
1 egg
juice + zest of 1 lemon
1 tablespoon poppyseeds

For the glaze:

4 tablespoons fat-free yogurt
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon cornflour

Mix the wet ingredients in a small bowl (milk, yogurt, butter, egg, lemon juice) and the rest of the ingredients in another bigger sized bowl. Pour the wet mix to the dry ingredients and stirr until combined. Do not overmix! Pour the batter in the greased donut tin and bake for 15 minutes on 180°C. 
Remove to a wire wrack and leave to cool before drizzling with the lemon yogurt glaze which is made by beating all the glaze ingredients together.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

New Design

Hello readers!

I just wanted to stop by to announce that The Cake Baby has a new design. Isn't it gorgeous??

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Pesto and Mozzarella Pasta Salad

Another go-to recipe today. I know that these are everyone's favorites. 
I just discovered pesto a few days ago. Shame on me, right? I always wanted to try it, but somehow couldn't decide what to do with it. I was such a fool! Pesto is great. My sis loves it in her sandwich and I love it on my pasta. Problem solved. 
When I saw this recipe I knew I have to make it. Now this pasta salad is on my favorite dishes list. 

120 grams pasta of choice, cooked and drained
2 tomatoes, cut small
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
2 table spoons Pesto
salt and pepper to taste

Combine all of the ingredients in a medium sized bowl. Serve cold and enjoy.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Liebster Award

If you don't know what this is, let me enlighten you:

This award was designed to be a blog award in the "pay it forward" fashion. Once you've been nominated, you award it to five blogs that you like that have fewer than 200 followers, to encourage new visitors to visit these blogs.

The rules for accepting this award are:
You need to thank the person who gave you the award and link back to their blog. Post the award onto your blog. Give the award to five bloggers who you appreciate that have fewer than 200 followers. Leave a comment on their blog letting them know that you have given them this awesome award!

Next you need to PAY IT FORWARD!

So, I got this nomination from a fellow Slovene Blogger - Maja from Jutri pa začnem zares. Thanks again!!! I nominated her as well because she is a gorgeous gal, who writes about her fitness routines and healthy lifestyle.

My nominees are:

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Berry Trifle

I like to make no bake desserts because they are so quick and easy to do, yet they look amazing and taste good. Trifle is one of those desserts I was so excited to make. 
If you google 'Trifle' or search it on Pinterest, you get tons of amazing looking pictures. And I wanted to try a lighter version of it. Something fresh, fruity and tasty of course. That is why I chose to do a berry trifle  One can never go wrong with berries, right?

You need:
1 package Savoiardi (Ladyfinger) biscuits
3 cups mixed berries (Strawberries, Blueberries, Blackberries)
Whipped cream
Some rum to soften the biscuits
A few Oreos or any kind of chocolate (I used chocolate covered Oreos)

Prepare a bigger bowl and create layers. The first layer should be Savoiardi biscuits, that you previously soaked into rum. Then put a layer of whipped cream, next the berries, and repeat until you finish with the whipped cream. Put some strawberries on top and sprinkle with Oreos. Let sit for an hour or two in the fridge. Enjoy!