Elderflower layer cake with cherry mascarpone frosting

This is a birthday cake for my son’s 5th birthday. As for me there are classic June flavours and wonderful Summer delight. Three layers of lemon elderflower sponge are full of flavour and freshness. Mascarpone frosting with cherry puree is light and fruity. Cherries match perfectly this fresh slightly tangy taste of the cake. Outside decoration is made of white chocolate shaped as long narrow tiles covered with elderflower blooms. And a bunch of fresh cherries on the top. The whole cake is perfect for any Summer occasion. Enjoy!

 

3 x sandwich pans ø 6 inch

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (240 g) butter, softened
  • 1 ¼  cups (240 g) sugar
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 tablespoons elderflower liqueur (I used St. Germain) or elderflower cordial
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 ¼ cups (240 g) all purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder

Frosting:

  • 200 g cherries (cored)
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 450 g mascarpone* cheese
  • 150 ml whipping cream
  • 4-5 tablespoons icing sugar

Decoration:

  • 150 g white chocolate
  • 1 stem eldrflower bloom (put to the fridge for overnight then removed and dried)
  • 150 g fresh cherries

*please use original Italian mascarpone cheese (36% fat)

 

Cherries, sugar and lemon juice place to the sauce pan and heat until fruits are tender and sugar dissolved. Drain and blend fruits in a blender to puree.

This cake is quite small however tall. It is perfect for 4-5 people. If you need bigger increase the ingredients and bake in pans ø 7-8 inch.

Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Line the bottoms of pans with parchment paper. If you want to be sure your cake rise evenly wrap outside sides of the pans with aluminium foil inside which is wet paper towel.

In the bowl of an electric mixer beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs (one at the time) and mix together. Add lemon zest, mix together. Add liqueur/cordial and sour cream, mix together. Add flour with baking powder, mix until incorporated. Spoon the cake mixture evenly among prepared pans. Bake for 35 minutes (until the wooden skewer inserted into center comes out clean). Remove from the oven, leave in pan for 15-20 minutes.  Then remove cake from the pan and transfer to the cooling rack to cool completely.

Frosting: in a bowl of a stand mixer place together mascarpone cheese, cream and icing sugar and whisk with balloon whisker until stiff and fluffy. Add 4 tablespoons cherry puree and beat for further 2 minutes until incorporated.

Place the first sponge on the plate and spread the 2/5 of frosting over. Cover with second sponge and spread the next 2/5 of frosting over. Cover with third sponge. Spread the remaining frosting over the top and sides of the cake. Place cake to the fridge to set.

Make decoration: melt the white chocolate in a double bath. On a piece of parchment paper draw two parallel lines apart from each other the distance what is the height of the cake + 0.5 cm. Taking one spoon of the liquid chocolate at the time pour ½ inch/1 cm wide straps between lines onto the paper. Place elderflower blooms onto the chocolate before set. After you are done with all straps put the paper on the baking sheet and place it to the fridge for at least 15 minutes. Working carefully remove the straps from the paper and stick them to the sides of the cake. Place cherries on the top.


 
 

Category: Layered.

Tags: cherries, chocolate, elderflower, lemon.

Coconut no bake cheesecake with blackberries and violas

This is ideal dessert for coconut fans. The taste is very coconut-y by multiplication coconut ingredients. The texture is not smooth and creamy like others no-bake cheesecakes but thick and ‘hoarse’ because of shredded coconut and it is similar more to baked kind of cheesecake. To balance huge amount of coconut I made a thin layer of blackberry jelly and plenty of fresh black fruits on the top. The sides of cheesecake are decorated with violas which are edible flowers and add lots of charm however do not have bigger impact for the taste. Enjoy!

 

The cheesecake needs to be done the day before because has to spend the night in the fridge to become proper texture.

 spring pan ø 8 inch

 

Ingredients for the base:

  • 150 g tea biscuits
  • ¼ cup (60 g) butter, melted

Cheesecake:

  • 500 g cream cheese
  • 280 ml coco nut cream (I used 23% fat)
  • 1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1 ¼ (200 g) cups icing sugar
  • 2 ½  tablespoons gelatine
  • 2 teaspoon coconut extract
  • Violas (flowers) – about 20 pieces (depending on size)

Blackberry jelly:

  • 200 g blackberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons gelatine

Top:

  • 170 g fresh blackberries
  • Violas (flowers) - optional

 

Make the base: process biscuits in the food processor until very fine (sand texture). Add melted butter and mix until well incorporated. If the biscuits are very flaky you need to add more butter. Line the bottom of a spring pan with parchment paper. Spoon the mixture evenly pressing lightly with a spoon. Place to the fridge.

If you want to make the flowers decoration on the sides line with parchment paper also the sides of your pan (before adding cookie base). Wash flowers (without stems) and when still damp stick them to the paper on sides all around.

Blackberry jelly: place blackberries, sugar and lemon juice In a sauce pan and heat until start to fall into pieces. Spoon the gelatine to a small bowl and cover with cold water. Set aside for 5 minutes then heat in double boiler or microwave until liquid. Pour the blackberries into blender and blend until smooth. Add liquid gelatine and mix. Pour over the cookie base and place to the fridge.

In a bowl of a stand mixer mix together cream cheese, coconut cream, icing sugar, coconut extract and shredded coconut. Spoon the gelatine to a small bowl and cover with cold water. Set aside for 5 minutes then heat in double boiler or microwave until liquid. Add 1 tablespoon of cheese mixture to the gelatine and mix. Add next 2 tablespoons of cheese mixture and mix. When the mixture looks good and it is not curdled pour it over the bowl with cheese mixture and mix shortly. Spoon the cheese mixture over the blackberry jelly in the pan working carefully in order not to move the flowers. Place to the fridge for overnight.

Next day remove the cheesecake from the pan and place on a serving plate. Decorate the top with fresh blackberries and violas.


 

Category: No-bake cakes.

Tags: blackberry, coconut, coconut milk, glutenfree.

Pop overs

Pop overs are very simple and quick to prepare. Only four ingredients dough is liquid before baking and is getting set in the oven. Usually are used here pop over pans which are higher muffins shape. The dough rises and pops (hence the name) in the oven building kind of inflated head over the pan. The dough is sugarless so could be served in sweet and savoury treats. Cookies are partially empty inside and easy to be filled with custard, fruits or whipped cream. Enjoy!

 

6-8 pieces

 

Dough:

  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 ½ cups (375 ml) milk
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ cups (240 g) all purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons (45 g) butter, melted

 

 

Preheat oven to 450°F (235°C). Grease pop over pans with butter. You may use classic muffin pan – then you will get 12 smaller cookies.

Place whole (in shells) eggs in a bowl with hot water for 10 minutes. Then remove and crash placing egg yolks and whites in a bowl of a stand mixer (yes the egg whites will be partially set). Add milk and salt and beat with whisker for 4-5 minutes. Add  flour at once and continue to beat for 1-2 minutes until fully combined without lumps. Add melted butter, mix shortly.

Fill the prepared pans until ¾ of capacity. Bake on the lowest oven rack for 20 minutes without opening the door. Lower the temperature to 350°F (180°C) and bake for further 15 minutes. If you want to serve them immediately remove from pans and perforate the tops with knife to release steam. If you want to serve later bake for further 5 minutes and cool on a wire rack.

Serve with cream, maple syrup, fruits etc.


 
 

Category: Tea- and bundtcakes.

Tags:

Heart sweet buns with raspberry jam

Sweet buns shaped as hearts. The way of preparing is similar to yeast babkas – filling is spread over the dough and then rolled into a log. Eating that kind of bakes we can enjoy fruits In every bite. The heart shape is not very complicated and the result will all make happy. Enjoy!

 

12 hearts

 

Dough:

  • 4 teaspoons dried yeast
  • ¾ cup (180 ml) lukewarm milk
  • 1/3 cup (75g) sugar
  • 3 cups + 2 tablespoons (500 g) bread flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 oz (100 g) butter, melted

Filling:

  • 300 g raspberries (I used frozen)
  • 2-3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds

 

 

Line a baking tray with parchment paper.

Make filling: place raspberries, lemon juice and sugar in a sauce pan and heat until puree. Remove from the heat. Add chia seeds and mix. Cool. Try it to be sure is sweet enough.

Make dough: in a medium bowl mix together yeast, lukewarm milk and 1 tablespoon sugar. Let stand for 15 minutes until frothy. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment, combine flour, remaining sugar and salt. Add yeast mixture, egg and vanilla extract. Gradually add melted butter and mix on medium speed until dough is smooth (6-8 minutes) and pulls away from the sides of the bowl. If dough does not pull away from the bowl, add more flour, 1 tablespoon at a time. If the mixture remains too dry and crumbly, add lukewarm water, 1 tablespoon at a time. Once the dough is ready place it in an oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let stand in a warm place for 1-1.5 hours until doubled in size.

Place dough on a floured surface, punch down and divide into 12 equal pieces. Take one piece and roll it out onto thin oval. Spread the portion of jam evenly over the dough. Roll it into a tight log starting with shorter end. Fold the log symmetrically into half. Cut into half 2/3 of length lengthwise starting with sealed end. Rotate cut halfs cut side up. Widen them with your hands to shape more rounded shape – it is the upper part of heart. The not cut part of the log is a bottom of the heart. In my Instagram account you may watch the tutorial how to make these hearts (in highlighted stories). Repeat the procedure with remaining 11 pieces of dough. Place hearts on prepared tray and let stand in a warm place for 20 minutes to rest and puff while preheating oven to 375°F (190°C).

Bake for 15-20 minutes (depending on the oven type) until puffed and slightly browned. Serve warm or cooled.


 
 

Category: Yeast cakes.

Tags: chia, raspberry, yeast.

Rye cookies with dark and white chocolate

Simple and easy cookies made of rye flour just for fun. I baked two batches: one with dark chocolate and second with white chocolate. The dough is shaped as a ball and by baking flattens and changes into cookie. I used cookie stamps to get patterns but do not waste your time by white chocolate ones – they totally flattened in the oven and pattern disappeared. The taste is mostly chocolate-y – different flour does not change the game but now I know. Enjoy!

 

2 x 15 cookies

 

 Ingredients for dark cookies:

  • ½ cup (110 g) butter, softened
  • ½ cup (100 g) dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon golden syrup
  • 1 egg
  • 2 oz (60 g) dark chocolate (55% semi-sweet), melted
  • 2 tablespoons cooca powder
  • 1 cup (160 g) rye flour
  • pinch of salt

Ingredients for white cookies:

  • ½ cup (110 g) butter, softened
  • ½ cup (100 g) granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon golden syrup
  • 1 egg
  • 2 oz (60 g) white chocolate, melted
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch/flour or 1 tablespoon powdered milk
  • 1 cup (160 g) rye flour
  • pinch of salt

 

 

 

Dark dough: in the bowl of a stand mixer beat butter and su gar until light and fluffy. Add egg, golden syrup and melted chocolate still mixing. Add flour, cocoa powder and salt, mix until incorporated. Place the dough (in the bowl) to the fridge for 15 minutes. Meanwhile you may prepare white dough.

Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Once the dough is cooled tear off the walnut size portion, shape as a regular ball and place on the baking tray. Prepare the rest of balls keeping distance of 2 inches (5 cm) between them. Bake for 8-10 minutes until edges become slightly darker. The cookies are still soft after baking and harden when cool.

Repeat the procedure with white dough.

 

 

Category: Cookies.

Tags: chocolate.

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