the chocolate cake of dreams

I know… it’s only two weeks after my last baking blogpost but lately I pretty much bake on a daily base and I really enjoy it. so I tought why not sharing one of my latest recipes with you?

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in 2018 my husband and six of his friends will be 30 years old – so they decided to throw a birthday party all together. this cake was my contribution to the party.

so I knew I couldn’t please everyone with the flavours in the cake therefore I decided to just ask my hubby what he would like. he went for vanilla, berries and chocolate and I felt like these flavors do actually match.

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I did some research for a yummie vanilla biscuit and found LOADS of delicious recipes on the blog of Preppy Kitchen – if you’re a cakelover as I am, you have to check out his page and YouTube channel, it’s bloody amazing!

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the moist vanilla-raspberry biscuit is light but the cake gets quite rich with the chocolate buttercream and the delicious dark-chocolate ganache on top. I decorated it with raspberries and some of the Lindt Sensation Fruit Balls (and ate the rest of the package while decorating).

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the cake is super easy to bake – the only issue I had was that I didn’t bake the biscuit long enough and wanted to take them out of the baking tin asap – didn’t work out quite good. so I had to rebake one layer.

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Recipe

For the cake:
220g all-purpose flour
230g sugar
2 tsp baking powder 4g
180g unsalted butter, room temperature
3 egg whites
3 tsp vanilla extract
140g sour cream
100ml milk
250g raspberries

  1. preheat oven to 180C°.
  2. butter and flour three 6-inch tins. I used DIY cake strips on my tinsfor more even baking. there’s a great tutorial on the Preppy Kitchen YouTube channel.
  3. sift the dry ingredients (including sugar) together in a large bowl.
  4. beat the wet ingredients together in a medium bowl.
  5. add the wet to the dry and mix until just combined.
  6. cover the raspberries in flour and gently fold them in the batter
  7. divide the mixture evenly into the cake pans.
  8. bake at for about 25-30 minutes or until the centers are springy to the touch.

For the buttercream:
500g powdered sugar
450g unsalted butter, room temperature
40g cocoa powder
1 tsp vanilla optional
1/4 tsp salt

mix the butter with a food processor (I use a KitchenAid) for about 5 minutes, then add all the other ingredients until light and fluffy. make sure to use your buttercream right after you made it – otherwise it’ll lose it’s fluffiness.

For the ganache:
150g dark chocolate
60ml heavy cream

warm the cream and pour over the chocolate. Set aside for a few minutes and whisk together.

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what are your favourite flavors in a cake? I’d love to hear from you ❤

Maruschka x

 

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berry crumble cake

I can’t help myself but eating berries every day in summer is just my fave! so when it comes to baking in summer I tend to always go with berries…

my husband works as a constructing engeneer and in his office it’s kind of business to bring something to eat as a „mid-morning-snack“ when you go or come from a vacay.

in Switzerland we call this mid-morning-snack „Znüni“ – what literally means „at nine“, so usually we eat it at nine! the „Znüni“ is what ever you like; an apple, a sandwich, a yogurt or just cake. so long story short: he asked me to bake something for the office and I pleasantly accepted ❤

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as I already told you – I love berries – it was an easy one to choose what to bake: the berry crumble cake. it was the first time I tried it but I am very happy about how it turned out. the recipe is quite easy and you can’t really do something wrong.

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for the crumble
200g grated almonds
100g sugar
80g butter

mix all the ingredients above with a fork until you have a nice crumble – set aside.

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for the cake
250g butter, room temperature
180g sugar
pinch of salt
4 eggs
juice and zest of a lemon
2dl milk
400g flour
2 tsp. baking powder
450g mixed berries, frozen

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in a large bowl, mix butter, sugar and salt and mix one egg at a time to it until you have a light fluffy batter. slowly stir in the lemon juice and zest as well as the milk. sift in the flour and baking powder and give it a stir until everything is well combined. prepare a brownie tin (I used a tin that is 30x30cm) with butter and flour and spread the butter in it. dispense the berries and top it with the prepared crumble. bake for about 30 – 40 minutes in the preheated oven at 200°C.

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what is your favourite treat in summer? I’d love to hear from you ❤

Maruschka x

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summer drinks ¦ indivinuum.ch

I kind of grew out of alcohol – saying this while writing about a brand that only sells alcohol is definitely a bit weird but I just came to the conclusion that drinking alcohol in bigger amounts is just not my thing!

don’t get me wrong; I absolutely love a glass of red wine to drink with a nice dinner or a glass of prosecco to clink glasses with my friends but I just don’t like getting drunk and I hate it even more when I’m hungover – so the easiest way to avoid that is to drink less alcohol – obviously.

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and I feel like a lot of people in my age or even younger feel the same way but are just not as confident enough to say no, because „the others“ could think you’re a slowcoach or as I like to say a „plain yogurt“… luckily I don’t give >a lot< on others opinion in this aspect, so if I’m not in the mood for drinking alcohol, I’ll just order a virgin Mojito or a Coke Zero instead and that doesn’t make me a „plain yogurt“ at all. it just makes me confident enough to say „nah, not tonight“ and to be honest this really adds the granola and fruits to your plain yogurt, doesn’t it?

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anyway as I really love to have a cold drink I wanted to mix things a bit up and tried to find some summer recipes with or without alcohol.

the grapefruit fizz
I really love the sweet and bitterness of a grapefruit but I wanted to add a little twist, so I went to my moms herb garden and tried out a variety of herbs until I found the perfect one: rosemary! I didn’t belive how good it tastes until I tried it – it’s delightful ❤
– 2 tsp rosemary syrup
– juice of half a grapefruit
– 2 twigs rosemary
– sparkling water to fill up
for the rosemary sirup just heat 200ml water with 100g granulated sugar until the sugar is dissolved. add 5 twigs of rosemary and juice and zest of 1 lemon in and cook for another 15 minutes. let it cool before you use it for the drinks.

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the lavSecco
for my creation of a nice sparkling alcoholic drink I used the Prosecco from www.indivinuum.ch – it’s a swiss brand that makes uniqe etiquettes for Prosecco and Red Wine. their products are just amazing and I love how quick and easy it is to order the products. I wrote a more detailed blogpost about the ordering process a while ago – go check it out, it’s a good one!IMG_9501-02
again I made a syrup for the base; to make the lavender lemon syrup, combine 100g sugar, juice of one lemon, 200ml water, 1 tablespoon of fresh lavender or 3 drops of lavender essential oil. Simmer over low-medium heat for 15 minutes, allow to cool for 15 minutes, and pour through a fine mesh strainer to remove the lavender buds from the syrup. then just mix these ingredients:
– 2 tsp lavender syrup
– splash of a lime
– Prosecco to fill up

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the virgin mojito
I love me a nice virgin mojito, mostly because of the ice and mint in it. it’s just THE BEST feeling ever when it’s hot and sunny outside and you can enjoy a >really< cold drink. so for my version of a virgin mojito I just mixed the following ingredients:
– 1 tsp brown sugar (I guess you could actually take agave syrup aswell)
– some mint leaves
– 1 lime
– 2dl Bitter Lemon
– sparkling water to fill up
– a LOT of crushed ice

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I scrunched the sugar with the mint leaves and lime, then added the ice, Bitter Lemon and sparkling water – it’s absolutely amazing, even my husband who hates Bitter Lemon loved it ❤

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what is your favourite drink on a hot summer day? I’d love to hear from you ❤

Maruschka x

 

this blogpost is not sponsered, indivinuum.ch kindly provided me the Prosecco, all other products used are purchased.

 

 

summer breakfast ideas ¦ alver

YES – summer you gorgeous lad, you’re finally back! astronomically speaking today is the first day of summer and this makes me so happy I wanna cry.

I love the warm summer nights, to swim in our nearby lake, eat gelato with no excuses and drink some iced mocktails or even a cheeky lil cocktail.

what I also really love is the breakfast choices in summer – in Switzerland we don’t have berries or some kind of fruits all year long (well, technically we do but I don’t want to eat berries that had to fly 2x around the world…) so when we finally have our „own“ berries I eat them almost every day and >really< enjoy them.

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so long story short I wanted to share my fave breakfast ideas with you and here we go:
sometimes I don’t really have time for breakfast so I need something that is quick, kind of healthy and yumm! the mymuesli2go are the perfect solution for this situation.

I really love the different flavors and my most loved one is – how surprising – the chocolate one. to feel a bit healthier I like to give in some raspberries, strawberries, blueberries and eat it with almond milk – it’s delightful! if you’re from Germany, Netherlands or Switzerland you can order a sample with 12 different flavors to see which one you like most – or you can just mix your personal „muesli“ exactly how you like it. I feel like this is something everyone needs – a personalized muesli ❤ because who wants raisins in their bowl???

another breakfast I really (learned to) love are smoothies. to be honest I didn’t really like them at the beginning, because I was just not full up after I drank them… so I changed the way I made them and behold I finally enjoy them as a breakfast!

my smoothie usually contains these ingredients: fruits, veggies, liquids, proteins and spices. I can’t really write a recipe because I do it differently every day but my favourite one includes: raspberries, banana, apple, spinach, almond milk and a splash of lime. for my protein source I use the alver GOLDEN CHLORELLA POWDER.

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it’s 100% natural and contains 63% protein (meat has 25%) and is rich in with potassium, magnesium, zinc and vitamin B. Packed with protein, fibers, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and omegas, all of which are vital for our metabolism, Chlorella strengthens your mind as well as your body and acts as a natural detox. first I was afraid it would taste bad, but it has a neutral taste profile. it can be incorporated into various foods with little impact on a recipe’s original flavour.

as alver is a swiss brand they only sell their products in swiss pharmacies and drugstores. but you can find all the products on their website aswell.

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what is your favourite thing to eat in summer? I’d love to hear from you ❤

Maruschka x

This blogpost is not sponsored, Herba-Collection AG kindly provided me the golden chlorella powder, the mymuesli products are all purchased.

strawberries… a summer love story

is there anything that describes the taste of summer more than strawberries? well definitely not for me! I love them in every shape and possible way to eat them – last weekend I tried to make a Strawberry Tiramisu – and succeeded ❤

what you need:
4 egg yolks
6 tbsp sugar
500g mascarpone
4 egg white, whisked stiff

500g strawberries
2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp vanilla sugar
200g hazelnut macaroons (cookies)

how to:
whisk the egg yolks (make sure they’re fresh) with the sugar until light and fluffy. stir in the mascarpone and carefully mix in the stiff egg whites.
for the strawberry purree slice strawberries, give sugar and vanilla sugar in and let it sit for about 5 mins. purée everything – if you like you could add Grappa or some other Liquer.

line the hazelnut macaroons evenly in the tray and press them gently so there is no gap inbetween them. traditionally Tiramisu is made with ladyfingers, but as I don’t like them I used these (kind of) macaroons. (If you use ladyfingers soak them in the strawberry purree before.) spread the egg/mascarpone batter evenly on the macaroons, layer the cut strawberries and the purree on top of it and cover it with batter again. I decorated the Tiramisu only with strawberries – you could add some cocoa powder, hazelnuts or whatever you like!

keep it in the fridge for at least 4 hours then ENJOY ❤
this shouldn’t be a problem because it’s so delicious, but make sure to eat it within 2 days because of the raw eggs in it.

I really loved the result of my first ever Strawberry Tiramisu and I’m definitely gonna make it again this summer!

what is your favourite summer treat? I’d love to hear from you ❤

Maruschka x

get to know me ¦ 18 facts about me

it’s already 5 months since I started my blog – I can’t actually believe it! so I felt like it was time to tell you a bit more about the person behind the food, fashion and beauty posts. my blog started at the beginning of 2018 – so here are 18 facts about me:

  1. I can’t sit still – I need to sing, dance or talk all . the . time
  2. I’m an early bird – I usually go to work around 6am and am perfectly fine with it. but at 10pm I can hardly speak properly because I’m so frekkin tired
  3. I love baking and cooking so much, my co-workers already complained about the amount of food I bring them to work
  4. every time I do my make-up, especially my concealer, I sing „Let it go“ from the film „Frozen“. it’s just because of the lyrics „conceal, don’t feel, don’t let them know…“. and by every time I mean every . single . timeIMG_9044-01
  5. I like to have a lie-down before going to bed in the evening. this makes me feel relaxed and helps me to fall asleep very quickly
  6. I’m 3/4 swiss and 1/4 spain – but because of my hair and skin colour many people think I’m from Scandinavia
  7. I love brownies – in every possible variation
  8. my favourite character from Star Wars is R2-D2 – he’s so effing cute, isn’t he? I know it’s an „it“ but…IMG_9022-01IMG_9021-01
  9. as everyone keeps asking: my natural haircolour is blonde – on every photo on this blog my hair is natural with no colour
  10. I speak four languages: german, french, english and a little italian. I’d love to speak spanish, as my grandma grew up in Spain
  11. I’m the definition of being impatient – there is nothing I detest more than waiting
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  13. I don’t drink schnapps or hard liquor – with the little exeption of mojitos. but I do actually prefer a virgin mojito
  14. I hardly listen to swiss music but nevertheless my favourite song is a swiss song called W.Nuss vo Bümpliz. I love this song ever since I remember and mostly because of the orchestra like music
  15. I’m kind of obsessed with Coke Zero. I tried to stop drinking it (for health reasons) like a 100 times but it never worked out
  16. I LOVE christmas: from October to the beginning of January our house looks like Santa’s factoryIMG_9047-01
  17. I have this thing with stars in the sky – the infinity of the universe fascinates and scares me at the same time
  18. I’m always thinking about starting my own YouTube channel but I just don’t think I’m confident enough…

 

This is it – this is me!
are you curious about anything I didn’t mention above – I’d love to hear from you ❤

Maruschka x

 

my all time travel essentials ¦ Oral-B & Gillette Venus

the last couple of months I was lucky enough to travel quite a lot – I’ve been to Verona and other lovely cities in Italy, made a road trip down the west coast of the USA, spent a few days at the beautiful beaches of Miami, traveled trough London and enjoyed beautiful Brighton. and as some of you will know and some of you might have noticed I was on honeymoon the last three weeks and enjoyed a wonderful and calming time in Bali together with my husband (still feels a bit weird to call him my husband!).

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so when it comes to going away I tend to always take the same few products with me and as a lot of you guys have asked – these are my all time travel essentials:

first things first – snacks! I usually don’t really crave sandwiches a lot – but when I travel by train, car or plane I really love a good homemade sandwich and these are the ingredients of my favourite one:

Ciabatta bread, avocado, brie, dried tomatoes and plum jam. this sounds kind of random, but trust me! it’s the perfect balance between salt- and sweetness – I love it!

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unluckily I suffer from travel sickness. every time I’m in a plane for more than 30 minutes I get a really bad headache and feel sick. to avoid this I found some very good medicine – the „Itinerol B6“ really helped me to get over the travel sickness. I’m sure there are other tablets that do the exact same – just ask the staff in your local pharmacy – they will advise you with the right one.

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an other thing that definitely helped me with my sickness were my headphones. the BOSE quietcomfort 35 are truly >amazing<! the noise cancellation is insane – it continuously measures, compares and reacts to outside noise, then cancels it with the opposite signal: the plane noise is almost gone and you can enjoy the films or music in their full joy! another plus – they are super comfortable and the battery lasts about 20 hours. definitely a must in my travel bag!

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the next two items I always take with me are more for the stay than for the journey. everyone knows it and I feel like everyone hates it (well I definitely do): shaving. with my cute little Venus snap it’s somehow a little less annoying. with five curve-hugging blades and a portable compact, you’ll be ready for anything, anytime, anywhere. I love the case so I don’t have to worry to cut myself when I get things out my washbag and because it’s permable to air it’s very hygienic. as all the Gillette Venus razors it’s easy to use and very smooth to the skin – one of my faves!

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second beauty item is my Oral-B Genius toothbrush. with the unique position detection technology you will never miss a zone and it’s >so< easy to use. just download the app and start brushing your teeth – the app will tell you when to move and what to do. the rosegold colour is gorgeous and the case super handy – it even comes with a charger to charge it while it’s in the case!

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these are my all time favourites to take with my while travelling – have you got any special items you take with you for a vacay? I’d love to hear from you ❤

Maruschka x

 

 

 

this blogpost is not sponsered – Richterich & Partner AG kindly sent me the toothbrush and the razor.

spring has sprung ¦ Lotus Grill

I can’t tell you how happy I am! spring has finally sprung and I blooming love it! the weather forecast for the week was absolutely amazing and that made me wanna get my balcony ready for the season.

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therefore I decided to buy a bunch of flowers, a lovely tablecloth and make the grill ready to have some great BBQ evenings with friends, family or with my love.

our balcony was a disaster! we rarely used it during winter and that made it look like an after-apocolypse scenery… so we made our way to the garden center – bloody hell – we were definitely not the only ones with that thought. same as on our balcony – the garden center was an absolute mess of people crawling their way through the plants!

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after an hour of touching every single plant, wondering what they are called and if they would survive my lack of gardening skills we finally made our way back home and the mission „balcony recovery“ started.

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I really enjoyed cleaning up the mess, planting the flowers and being able to see the progress. the sun touching my skin, the soil on my hands and the view of the lake was absolutely stunning. it actually calmed me down to a more quiet level than I’ve ever been in the last couple of months.

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after the work was done we decided to celebrate the day with a nice BBQ. ever since my fiancé got a Lotus Grill for his 30th Birthday it’s the easiest thing in the world. it literally only takes 3-4 minutes until the grill is hot and ready to party! what’s even better for our balcony: there is no smoke so we don’t annoy everyone around us.

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I love how you can place it on the table (with its double-layered construction the outer bowl does not get hot) and no one needs to get up every 3 minutes to see if the goods are ready or already burnt.

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all in all I enjoyed a lovely day on our balcony! what is your favourite thing to do in spring? I’d love to hear from you ❤

Maruschka x

 

this blogpost is not sponsored – we purchased all the products mentioned or showed.

the vegan lemon cake

you guys know how much I love baking – what I love even more is when you ask for my baking advice ❤ lately I received a lot of requests about dairy- or glutenfree recipes. no sooner said than done – I tried to create a dairyfree recipe with no losses and I think I succeeded.

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this vegan lemon cake is super refreshing, spongy and absolutely delicious. what’s even better: it’s the easiest thing in the world!

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INGREDIENTS

100g coconut oil (measured unmelted)
125g sugar
180ml almond milk (I guess any other plant based milk would work aswell)
juice of one lemon

zest of two lemons
180g flour
1pk baking powder
100g ground almonds

SYRUP
70g powdered sugar
juice of two lemons

ICING
100g powdered sugar
juice of one lemon

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  1. Heat up the oven to 180° C, grease a cake tin (30cm) with coconutoil and give in a bit of flour to be able to get your cake out easily.
  2. Whisk the melted coconut oil and sugar together, add in the almond milk, lemon juice and lemon zest.
  3. Sieve the flour and the baking powder in the bowl with the wet ingredients. Fold them gently, until just combined.
  4. Next, gently fold in the ground almonds.
  5. Give the batter to the prepared cake tin.
  6. Bake for about 50 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean and the top is nicely browned.
  7. Pierce the top with a toothpick in several places and spread the syrup all over it.
  8. Once cool, drizzle with icing and decorate with the pistachios or any other nuts, fruits or flowers.

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do you eat plant based or are there any other diets you would like to know some recipes for? I’d love to hear from you ❤

Maruschka x

 

 

 

 

why I can’t wait for Easter ¦ Dr. Oetker

Easter is my favourite holiday straight after Christmas! I actually have no clue how Swiss people celebrate Easter normally, much less do I know about other countries.

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but Easter in our family is always special – there are several reasons why:

  • it’s the first time in the year when our whole family (and that means grandparents, parents, siblings, aunties, uncles, cousins etc.) comes together
  • there is A LOT of super yummie food
  • easter prezzies from our grandma
  • everyone plays Baseball in the field
  • and more food

this year I’m even more excited because my little sister will finally be back from London where she stayed the last couple of months. I CAN’T WAIT!!!

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I guess at this point everyone still wonders why the heck we play Baseball on Easter. and honestly – I don’t know either. a couple of years ago my dad and uncle bought themselves a baseball bat and they wanted to try it in spring. so I think Easter was pretty much the first day without snow covering the field, so they tried to punch the ball a few times. it didn’t take long until the whole family ran across the field and played something like baseball (we have our own rules – such as „it’s totally fine to stop someone who almost makes a homerun by pushing him“). ever since we played it the first time, we play it on Easter – I LOVE IT!

let’s talk about food! right… every family member (that is fairly talented in cooking or baking) brings a dish or something to drink – this is mostly because we don’t want our grandma to be bothered with EVERYTHING. therefore we’ve got, as I already mentioned, A LOT of food! the buffet is absolutely smashing and I love the fact that everyone has their special dish or surprises with a new creation.

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a couple of days ago Dr. Oetker provided me with some lovely new products for my baking section and I instantly thought about my Easter baking plans:

this year I wanted to make something traditional flavoured, like vanilla or chocolate, but I was a bit worried about the „excitement“. hence why I decided to make the decoration a little different than just a normal loaf cake and I am SUPER HAPPY with the result ❤       btw this is just the experiment cake – I’m definitely gonna make a fresh one on Easter.

the Dr. Oetker vanilla paste is extremly easy to dose and the flavour is just heavenly > an absolute winner! the recipe is quite simple aswell:

Chocolate bunnies

  • 200g dark chocolate
  • 125g butter
  • 150g sugar
  • 1/2tsp salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 200g grated almonds
  • 4 EL Epifin from Dr. Oetker (corn starch)

Pour the chocolate in a large bowl with water, leave to stand for about 5 minutes. Drain off water carefully, stir chocolate until smooth. Add butter, sugar, salt and eggs and stirr for approx. 5 min – until fluffy. Mix in almonds and corn starch and give it into the prepared baking tray. Bake for about 55 minutes in the preheated oven at 180°C. Take the cake out and let it cool down completely. Cut the cake in „normal“ pieces, then take the cookie cutter and cut out the chocolate bunnies.

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Vanilla cake

  • 200g butter
  • 200g sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla paste from Dr. Oetker
  • 250g flour
  • 1,5 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp milk

Mix the warm butter with the sugar until it’s light and fluffy. Add the eggs (one at a time) and mix well. Sieve in the flour and baking powder, add the milk and mix it until the batter is smooth. Give half of the batter in the prepared baking tray, then add the chocolate bunnies in a row and cover them up with the rest of the vanilla batter. Bake for about 40 minutes in the preheated oven at 180°C.

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For the decoration I went for a simple easternest with shredded wheat and sugar eggs. So basically you just want to mix the shredded wheat with chocolate. To make the nests a bit more even and cupped I formed them with an egg cup and this was super easy aswell.

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what are your traditions to do on Easter? do you have a favourite recipe? I’d love to hear from you!

Maruschka x