Saturday, December 31, 2011

Champagne Mousse Cake and a Happy New Year!

What's better than ringing in the New Year with some Champagne. I bring you some bubbly in form of a gorgeous cake. So, have a piece and a toast to a happy, healthy year full of excitement and joy. And a big thank you to all of you my wonderful readers for your continued support.

My top 5 posts of 2011

5. Strawberry-Raspberry Charlotte

This is a real favorite of mine. I love a good summer-cake with lots of fresh berries and creamy mousse.
4. Gingerbread Cookies

Cute little Bambi Cookies for the Christmas season. They were rewarded in a contest from the German magazine Brigitte as one of the prettiest Christmas cookies.
3. Chocolate Mousse Cakes

These elegant chocolate cakes are a perfect dessert for a special occasion. Use a good quality chocolate, it will make all the difference.
2. Burger-Style Macarons 

A very popular post with everybody's favorite french little treat. These macarons come in a different look and resemble cute mini burgers. The toppings are made of fruit.
1. Raspberry Mousse Cake

This was not only this years most clicked post, it is the most favorite since I started this blog. A post that almost didn't happen, because when I finished the cake my guests already started to show up and I didn't wanna bother to take pictures anymore. But my aunt said I have to take a picture, because the cake is so pretty. So, I just took a quick snap and I am glad I did and it is liked by you so much. The cake is really very tasty.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Gingerbread spiced Chocolate Mousse Cake

If you are still looking for a festive cake for Christmas, this might be the one. It is a chocolate mousse cake, spiced with gingerbread spice. If you can find it, you can additionally use spiced chocolate to make the mousse. Or you just use a mix of your favorite Christmas spices to flavor the mousse.

You can make the cake base the day before. Just allow some time to cool the cake after assembling so the mousse has time to set. I wish you all a very Merry Christmas with lots of joy and time spend with your loved ones plus many many sweet indulgences.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Pecan-Orange Kipferl

Vanilla Kipferl are one of the most liked Christmas cookies in Germany. They have a distinctive half moon shape and are dipped in vanilla sugar right after baking. My kipferl today have a little twist. Instead of the usually used almonds I used pecan nuts, which is my favorite nut. For the finishing they are dipped in homemade orange sugar.

The great discovery for me in this recipe was the orange sugar. It does not only work for this recipe, you can use it for all kinds of things. It has a great aroma and I already made another batch with lemons. Packed into a nice jar it makes a nice gift, either together with some cookies or just by itself.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Christmas Marble Cake

For those surprise visits from friends and family, it is always to have a marble cake on hand. Everybody likes it and it can be kept for several days without going stale. This version of marble cake has a Christmas flavor to it, which from chocolate that is filled with spices and aromas like cinnamon and coriander. The chocolate I used was already very creamy, so it is perfect to use it as a frosting.

If you can't find a specific Christmas chocolate you can infuse the flavor yourself by adding ground cinnamon and coriander into milk chocolate or even gianduia (hazelnut) chocolate. If you are using regular chocolate for the frosting, you should also add some butter or cream to thicken it up.

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