Easter Cake – Chocolate layer cake with mango mousse and orange frosting

I have wanted to bake a layer cake for some time now. So when my best friend invited us up to their house for a little pre-Easter lunch, I decided to finally bake a layer cake. I chose a simple chocolate cake with fresh mango mousse and frosting infused with orange zest and juice. I does take some time from start to finish but I found each step quite simple. So if you have the time and energy, this is a great cake to bake and bring to a lunch or dinner.

Danish Fastelavnsboller (Shrovetide buns)

In the beginning of February we celebrate Fastelavn here in Denmark. Fastelavn is the name for carnival here in Denmark, and the other Nordic countries. It’s a bit like the Nordic Halloween. Its all for the kids really. They dress up and ‘slå katten af tønden‘ (“hit the cat out of the barrel”), which is somewhat similar to a piñata. Back in the day, there actually used to be a real cat in the barrel, and beating the barrel was superstitiously considered a safeguard against evil. Thankfully we don’t do that anymore. Now the barrels are full of candy and oranges. We also eat fastelavnsboller (Shrovetide buns) which are sweet buns filled with either, custard, whipped cream or remonce (a Danish heavenly...

Chocolate and Raspberry panna cotta

Happy New Year!! A new year and new desserts to try out. That’s one of the many things I’m looking forward to this year; lots and lots of new techniques and recipes to try out. I didn’t have any new year resolutions this year, but I guess, two weeks into the new year, I just decided that new dessert techniques will be my resolution for 2016. We held New Years Eve here at home for 4 friends. It was our first New Years with Tristan, so we were excited to see how he would react to all the fireworks and hoopla going on. And we were so happy to see that he loved it, especially the fireworks – we went...

Oatmeal cookies with raspberries & white chocolate

A few months back our little family visited a café and I bought a few cookies for dessert, just because they were on display rights by the cash register. I’m an easy target that way. Anyway, they were so good that I wanted to recreate them. I love a nice and chewy cookie, so I decided to go with an oatmeal cookie. I’m pretty happy with the result and will definitely bake them again soon for the holiday. And then I’ll add more of all the spices so they will be packed with holiday flavor. This batch makes about 30 small cookies.

Pumpkin Pie with Maple Whipped Cream

Autumn is here! And as much as I love summer and will miss the warm(ish) weather, long summer nights and trips to the beach I also look forward to the new season. Spending evenings at home wrapped in a warm blanket with cup of hot tea and a piece of pie. That’s another thing I love about a new season- a new array of cakes and pies baked especially for this time of year. Like pumpkin pie. I baked this pie with store bought pumpkin pure, but you can also make it from scratch by cooking 450 g of fresh pumpkin and them puréeing it through a sieve or with a blender. I found this recipe on bbc good food’s homemade...

Chocolate and orange cheesecake

  For quite a few years, my go-to baking dish for almost any occasion was cupcakes. They are easy to make, and the flavor and decorating options are endless. And although I still love to bake a good batch of cupcakes, I have a feeling that my new go-to dish will be cheesecakes. After I baked quite a few cheesecakes for the Nespresso challenge, I now want to try out a bunch of different flavors and baking techniques. Dark chocolate, white chocolate, strawberry, a classic New York cheesecake, Baileys or lime…I could go on and on with all the different types of cheesecakes I want to try out. This weekend I had a group of friends over for brunch and...

Irish Coffee Cheesecake made for Nespresso’s dessert challenge at Kokkedal Castle

I was recently invited to participate in a dessert challenge by Nespresso and Kokkedal Castle. Desserts and coffee, a win win in my opinion, so I accepted and began to experiment with different recipes. I tried out a creamy coffee panna cotta, a chocolate and hazelnut cake with coffee caramel drizzle. But I finally decided on this Irish coffee cheesecake. I tested the recipe out 4 times, tweaking it here and there before I was happy with the result. So there was a lot of cake eating in our house these past few weeks. But hey, who doesn’t love a bit of cake for breakfast with a hot cup of coffee? The Nespresso event was held at Kokkedal Castle, a beautiful...

Vanilla gelato with caramel and almond swirl

The Danish summer this year has just been amazing, lots of sun and 25-28 degrees. And it lasted far longer than it usually does, so it’s just an incredible summer.  That’s also why we decided to stay here in Denmark instead of traveling this summer. Well we did have a quick and wonderful trip over to Sweden, but other then that we just enjoyed the Danish summer. And one thing you absolutely need in such great weather is a big batch of ice cream. – Actually, I can eat ice cream any time of the year, but any excuse you know… I discovered this recipe one morning when I was watching a cooking show hosted by a Welsh lady who...

Danish træstammer – Rum ball logs

This is a very Danish specialty. I actually don’t think any other country makes these. I know that many countries have their version of a rum ball, but these rum tree logs covered with marzipan are typical Danish  (as far as I know) and can be found in any bakery around the country. The center is a delicious chocolatey/rum/cake mixture. The ingredients are the same as a rum ball, but tree logs are of course shaped different like a log and also as mentioned covered in marzipan and more chocolate. When bakers made these rum balls and tree logs, the mixture was actually made of cake leftovers from the bakery (yummy, I know…) and then added lots of jam and...

Lemon ice cream with white chocolate chunks – made without an ice cream machine.

It’s been a while since I have made ice cream myself, but when I saw a picture of this ice cream and how easy the recipe is, I knew that it was time to start making my own ice cream again. I have borrowed the recipe from two Danish bloggers, and have made a few little changes to it. It’s a lovely and creamy yet tangy cold treat. I think that it would also be really great in a layered ice cream cake with nutty cake layers. And it’s so easy and quick ( beside the actual freezing time) to make. I love that. Ingredients 
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