Andrut: A Traditional Polish Dessert

Today, I welcome back Roxana sharing her recipe for Andrut, a traditional Polish dessert made with layers of crispy wafer and delicoius fillings topped with chocolate.  Hello, YUM!  Make sure to check out Roxana on Facebook at The Red Eye Baker or here on JavaCupcake for more of her fabulousness!

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Happy spring everyone! So I’ve decided as I navigate and learn the blogging world that one of my goals is to recreate and learn as many of my mom’s recipes as possible. One of the challenges will be to get the proper proportions because EVERY recipe my mom has is tucked away in her head and when we ask her “Mom, how do I make…”, her response is “Oh, you know, a little of this, a pinch of that” or “Oh, it depends on what I have on hand…” LOL Needless to say it will be fun, but more importantly I will now have some yummy family recipes recorded for myself, my family, and all of you too! :)

I know what you’re thinking… “Roxana, what the heck is andrut?” Andrut (pronounced ahn-droot) is a traditional Polish dessert that’s made using a crispy wafer and a filling. The fillings vary, but typically are made using an egg yolk base. My version is the way my mom has been making it my whole life, chocolate and almond. YUM!

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This is my mom’s recipe, but with a little of my own spin. I used my experience in making different buttercreams to create the recipe. I basically made a french buttercream (using the Swiss method) and I used dark chocolate cocoa powder. Surprisingly my mom usually has regular cocoa on hand even though she is a lover of dark chocolate. Oh, and how can I forget… I drizzled the finished andrut with chocolate! That’s a little nugget my mom dropped on me when I was discussing the recipe with her. She told me she didn’t make it that way because there were enough calories in the dessert already. WHAT?!!? Calories, schmalories I say. This is not a calorie counting kind of deal. It’s more a get-out-the-stretchy-Thanksgiving-pants pronto and ENDULGE! 😉

Rich, dark chocolate and almond buttercream, complimented beautifully by the light crispy wafer. It’s hard to eat just one!

Smacznego, Enjoy!!

xox Roxana- The Red Eye Baker

*The wafers can be found at your local Euroupean/International Market. Don’t have one in your area? You can do a Google search for them or I did find a listing here for round ones like I used.

Andrut- A Traditional Polish Dessert
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Polish
Ingredients
  • 6 egg yolks
  • ½ c sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 3 sticks (1½ c) butter, room temperature
  • ¼ c dark chocolate cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 - 12.5 oz can almond cake & pastry filling
  • package of wafers (wafle tortowe)
  • 1 c semi sweet chocolate chips, melted (optional)
Instructions
  1. In a double boiler combine the egg yolks, sugar, and salt using a whisk.
  2. Place the double boiler over a pot of simmering water and continue whisking the egg yolks until all the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is warm to the touch, about 3 minutes.
  3. Transfer the egg yolk mixture to a stand mixer with the whisk attachment, beat on high until the egg yolk mixtures cools and is a very pale yellow color.
  4. Switch to the paddle attachment and cut in the butter one stick at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  5. Add the cocoa powder, then add the vanilla and mix on high until light and fluffy.
  6. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add the almond filling and beat on medium/medium high speed until all the filling is incorporated.
ASSEMBLY
  1. Place one wafer on a sheet of foil or plastic wrap.
  2. Spread an even layer of filling on the first wafer being sure to go all the way to the edges then cover with another wafer and repeat until all your filling is gone. (I used a 10" round wafer and ended up with 6 wafers and 5 layers of filling.)
  3. Once the andrut is completely assembled gently push down on the top layer and then using an offset spatula smooth out the buttercream that comes out around the edges.
  4. Cover with plastic wrap or foil and refrigerate for 2 hours.
  5. Once the andrut is set, place the chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl.
  6. Heat on high for 45 seconds, remove from microwave and stir with a spatula. Microwave for an additional 15 - 30 seconds and stir until all the chocolate is melted.
  7. Unwrap the cold andrut and place it on a cutting board, cut into servings and place them on a tray or cookie sheet.
  8. Transfer the melted chocolate to a ziplock bag and snip one corner. Drizzle the chocolate all over the andrut servings using swirl motions or zig-zag, whatever strikes your fancy.
  9. Place the andrut back in the fridge to set the drizzled chocolate.
  10. Keep in the fridge until ready to serve.

 

Strawberry Lemon Cake with Spring Flowers

Celebrate spring with this simple, delicious Strawberry Lemon cake with Spring Flowers! Strawberry Lemon Cake with Spring Flowers | JavaCupcake.com

I made this cake for no other reason than I was inspired by a cake that jennycookies made for Easter.  Jenny made a “naked” carrot cake and topped the cake with frosting and a pile of fresh flowers.  The look was unique and stunning.  I had to recreate it!

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Since I wasn’t making this cake for any particular reason or occasion, I decided I’d make a small 6-in cake so I wouldn’t have tons of cake to give away or waste.  I know my family can’t eat an entire cake by ourselves!

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For the cake, I used a German recipe I had just used to make an Osterlamm and kicked it up a bit adding fresh lemon zest and lemon extract and coloring the cake pink.  I filled the cake with a simple strawberry filling and frosted it in my usual buttercream but added vanilla bean and lemon extra to bring out even more lemon flavor in the cake.

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The weekend before I made this cake, I went to the Nuremberg Easter Market where the fresh flowers are abundant! I had in mind the kind of flowers I wanted to use and hoped I could find some.  I knew these large Gerbera Daisy’s would be perfect to top my cake!

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Cutting into the cake, you’ll see the beautiful pink cake and strawberry filling.  That next to the white frosting and bright flowers, this cake is a simply gorgeous! I mean seriously… isn’t this cake stunning?

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The flowers on top really bring it to the next level!  You could easily use this cake for Easter, a baby shower, a birthday or a weekend BBQ!

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I almost didn’t want to cut into it!  I just wanted to look at it because it was so pretty!

Strawberry Lemon Cake with Spring Flowers
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 1 6in 4-layer cake
Ingredients
Strawberry Filling
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 500g strawberries, cleaned and quartered
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • juice of ½ a lemon
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
Lemon Cake
  • 240g unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 220g sugar
  • zest of one lemon
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp lemon extract
  • 320g all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 2 Tbsp whole milk
  • pink gel food coloring
Lemon Vanilla Bean Buttercream
  • 12 Tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1½ lbs powdered sugar
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp lemon extract
  • seeds of 1 vanilla bean
  • Fresh flowers
Instructions
Strawberry Filling
  1. In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium high heat. Add the strawberries and stir to coat.
  2. Mix in the sugar, lemon juice, salt and vanilla extract. Cook on medium high for 3-5 minutes or until the berries begin to break down, the sugar has melted and the berries begin to juice. Do not boil the berries, just simmer.
  3. Remove a few tablespoons of the juice and mix with the flour until smooth. Add this back into the pan and stir to combine. Cook 1-3 more minutes or until the mixture has thickened.
  4. Transfer the filling to another bowl and refrigerate until cool.
Lemon Cake
  1. Grease and flour 2 6in round cake pans. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees.
  2. Zest the lemon into a medium bowl. Add the sugar. Using the back of your spatula, press the sugar into the zest until it becomes fluffy and fragrant.
  3. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and lemon sugar for 2 minutes.
  4. Add the eggs one at a time and mix well after each addition making sure to scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl.
  5. Mix in the sour cream, vanilla and lemon extracts.
  6. In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.
  7. Add the flour mixture to the wet, scraping the sides and bottom of the bowl first. Mix on medium-low speed until combined. Add the milk and food coloring then mix again until combined. Give the batter a few mixes by hand with a spatula.
  8. Divide batter evenly between the two pans and level with an offset spatula.
  9. Bake on the center rack for about 40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean and the tops are golden.
  10. Cool in the pans for 10 minutes until removing to a wire rack to cool completely. When you remove them to the rack, place them top side down to encourage the top to level out flat.
  11. Once the cakes have cooled, trim the tops so they are the same height. Measure the height then cut them horizontally down the center, creating two halves for each cake.
Lemon Vanilla Bean Buttercream
  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer cream the butter until smooth. Add the powdered sugar and beat on high until incorporated.
  2. Add the heavy cream, salt, extract and vanilla bean seeds. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and beat on high for 3-4 minutes. Scrape the bowl again and beat another 2-3 minutes.
Assembly
  1. Place one layer of cake, cut side up, on a cake board or plate. Spread an even layer of strawberry over the top coming almost to the edge. Don't put so much on that when you put the next layer on it will all squeeze out. Place a second layer cut side down and repeat. Do this until all four layers are on the cake.
  2. Spread a very thin "crumb coat" of frosting on the top and sides of the cake. This will help trap in the crumbs and frosting before you actually frost the cake. Chill the cake in the freezer 20-30 minutes or until the cakes are firm and the crumb coat is set.
  3. Spread a ¼ inch layer of frosting on the top of the cake and level flat with a spatula.
  4. Using a piping bag fitted with a large round tip, use the petal technique to frost the sides of the cake.
  5. Cut the stems of the flowers almost completely off. Leave about ¼-1/2 inch to help stabilize the flower on the cake. Place the flowers on the top of the cake. There is no rule or right way to do this. Arrange the flowers however you think looks the most beautiful.
  6. Chill the cake until an hour before you want to serve it. Serve it the day you make it.

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Osterlamm – German Easter Lamb Cake

Simple, buttery cake topped with powdered sugar baked in a lamb shaped pan makes the utterly delicious and traditional German Osterlamm or Easter Lamb Cake!Osterlamm - German Easter Lamb Cake | JavaCupcake.com

 

I wasn’t going to post this cake.  I mean, Easter is over and it’s not really something just anyone can make.  You have to have the special Osterlamm pan to make and those are hard to get unless you live in Germany.  But, when I got asked a dozen times for the recipe, I decided that it was probably a good idea to put it up!Osterlamm - German Easter Lamb Cake | JavaCupcake.com

My German friend Mareile remembers her Oma (Grandma) making Osterlamm when she was a child and today Mareile makes it for her two children.  Our babies, Matty & Lena, were born 2 weeks apart from each other and are baby BFFs now!   This picture was from their first Easter together in 2012.

Osterlamm - German Easter Lamb Cake | JavaCupcake.com

For most of the world, the Osterlamm is just a delicious treat, but here in Bavaria, Germany it has a more important meaning for those who believe the Catholic faith. The symbolism of the lamb goes back to the Passover lamb, which is sacrificed in Judaism for Passover. Because Jesus was Jewish, the Last Supper took place on the evening of Passover and he was crucified on the day (sacrificed) was, this symbolism has arisen. In Germany, a lamb is sacrificed at Easter, but baked in commemoration of the resurrection, a cake in the shape of an Easter lamb.

Osterlamm - German Easter Lamb Cake | JavaCupcake.com

In the weeks preceding Easter, each bakery bakes and sells hundreds of these cakes.  Some are covered in powdered sugar, some a lemon glaze and some even cover them in chocolate and candies.  My favorite is with the powdered sugar and then dunked in my coffee! So delish!

You can get your own Lamm-backform (cake pan) here or here!

I’m definitely making this a new Easter tradition for my family!

Enjoy!

5.0 from 2 reviews
Osterlamm
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: German
Serves: 1 lamb
Ingredients
  • 120g unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 110g granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract (or 1 packet of vanilla sugar)
  • 160g all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp whole milk
  • powdered sugar for dusting
  • Osterbackform "Lamm" (Easter Lamb Pan) - 27.5cm x 15cm x 6.5cm
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350F or 180C degrees. Butter and flour the inside of the lamb pan and clip the sides back together. Place the lamb pan on a baking sheet UPSIDE DOWN.
  2. Cream together the butter and sugar for about 2 minutes.
  3. One at a time, add the eggs and mix well after each egg. Add the vanilla extract and mix to combine.
  4. In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Add this to the butter/sugar and mix until just combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, add the milk and mix until smooth - no more than about a minute. You don't want to overwork the batter.
  5. Pour all the batter into the prepared lamb pan and smooth out the top. Bake for 45 minutes.
  6. Allow the lamb to cool in the pan for about 10 minutes before removing it to a wire rack to cool completely.
  7. Trim off any excess cake from the seams. If the lamb does not sit upright, trim a little off the bottom to make it level.
  8. Dust the cake with powdered sugar.
  9. Optionally, you can melt a bit of chocolate and pipe on ears and eyes. Also, you can tie a ribbon around the lambs neck.
  10. Serve immediately!

 

Chocolate Beer and Pretzel Cake

Over the years, I’ve had many people guest post on my blog (you can see all those cool bloggers here!), the majority of which either had their own blog or were avid bakers.  This year, I’m doing something a little different. Instead of inviting a professional blogger to guest post, I’ve decided to mentor an inspired baker who wants to start her own food blog and have that person contribute to JavaCupcake.  Meet Roxana!

Meet Roxana! | JavaCupcake.comRoxana has been a loyal reader of JavaCupcake for many years and I have loved her continued dedication to leaving comments, Facebook messages and her overall desire to be a part of the JavaCupcake community.  Last year, Roxana stepped up when I put a call out to my readers asking for help with some technical upkeep on the back end of my blog.   You may have noticed the new JavaCupcake Recipes board on Pinterest, Roxana was responsible for creating that!

As a part of my #BakerMentor program, once a month Roxana will be posting a new recipe.  I’ll be guiding her on how to create recipes, photograph her creations and showing her the ins and outs of out to create a blog post!   This is her first recipe and I’m pretty impressed!  It took me years of baking before my cakes looked this amazing!

So without further adieu… here’s Roxana!

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If you’ve ever watched QVC on a Sunday and seen David Venable do his “happy dance” after taking a bite of delicious food, then you have an idea of how excited I am to be posting here on JavaCupcake! I’ve been following Betsy’s blog for some time now and am honored that she’d allow me and my newbie-self to hang out with you guys. Thanks Betsy for being an inspiration to me and taking me under your wing! xox

So, before I get overly squishy let’s get to the recipe. 😉

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I was recently working on a cupcake recipe for my friend Kirsten’s blog. Although I do not drink beer, I decided that I wanted to try using it in my recipe. I mean, it tastes good in bread so why not? I also knew that I didn’t want to use Guinness because I knew plenty cupcake/cake recipes already existed using it. That’s when my brilliant husband (who by the way, also doesn’t drink beer) suggested I try using chocolate beer. I was surprised that such a thing even existed. So I turned to my sister and brother-in-law (because they actually drink beer and they like to cook with it) for some help and Rob delivered! He gave me a chocolate oatmeal stout to try in the recipe.

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Can I just tell ya… AWESOME! I was so happy with how the cupcakes turned out that I decided to use the leftover beer in this Chocolate Beer Pretzel Cake!  Waste not, want not… right? If you are a lover of salty and sweet then this is the cake for you. My sister, Corinna, actually said “I think this is the best cake I’ve ever put in my mouth” when she tasted the cupcake version.

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When I made the cake I noticed that the beer flavor came through a little more without being overpowering. Peanut butter buttercream, mini chocolate chips, and pretzel crumble finish this cake off. If you can believe it, the only thing I forgot was the caramel! So if you really want to kick the cake up some more, drizzle some caramel on the top. :) Grab a tall glass of milk or your favorite beer and enjoy some Chocolate Beer and Pretzel Cake!

*You can find the original cupcake recipe that inspired this cake here. If your curious about what I might be baking next, check out my Facebook page The Red Eye Baker.

4.5 from 2 reviews
Chocolate Beer and Pretzel Cake
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 1 2-layer 8" cake
Ingredients
PRETZEL CRUMBLE
  • ½ c salted pretzel sticks
  • 2 Tbsp butter, melted
  • ½ Tbsp brown sugar
  • ¼ c mini chocolate chips
  • Homemade caramel sauce or your favorite store bought (optional)
CHOCOLATE BEER CAKE
  • 1 c chocolate stout beer (I used Boulevard Brewing Co. Tasting Room Oatmeal Stout, Kansas City, MO)
  • 1 c (2 sticks) butter
  • ¾ c unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 c flour
  • 2 c sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • ⅔ c sour cream
  • 2 tsp vanilla
BUTTERCREAM
  • 1 c (2 sticks) butter, room temperature
  • 1 c heaping of creamy peanut butter
  • 3 - 4 c powdered sugar
  • ½ c heavy cream
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
Instructions
PRETZEL CRUMBLE
  1. In a food processor, pulse the pretzel sticks into small chunks.
  2. Add the brown sugar and melted butter, process on high until well combined and the pretzels are in smaller crumbs.
  3. Transfer to a small bowl, add the mini chocolate chips, stir together, and set aside.
CHOCOLATE BEER CAKE
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Grease and flour two 8” cake pans.
  2. In a heavy saucepan, bring the butter and beer to a simmer over medium heat.
  3. Add the cocoa and whisk until smooth. Remove from heat and add the vanilla, let cool slightly.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt together.
  5. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg together with the sour cream
  6. Very slowly add the warm chocolate mixture to the egg/sour cream mixture, whisking constantly.
  7. Add the wet mixture to the dry and mix until just combined and no lumps remain. Do not overmix.
  8. Pour the batter into the prepared cake pans and bake for 26 – 28 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  9. Cool cakes in the pan for 10 – 15 minutes and transfer to a cooling rack. Make sure cakes are completely cool prior to frosting.
PEANUT BUTTER BUTTERCREAM
  1. Using the paddle attachment of a stand mixer, cream the butter and the peanut butter together until it pales in color a bit.
  2. Turn the mixer to low and slowly add powdered sugar ½ c at a time.
  3. Add the salt and the vanilla.
  4. Add the heavy cream and beat on high until light and fluffy.
ASSEMBLY
  1. Using a cake leveler or serrated knife trim the crown (top) off both cake layers making them even.
  2. Place 3 – 4 pieces of wax paper around the perimeter of your turntable or cake stand/platter. These will help to catch the pretzel crumble and will pull out easily from under the cake without having to lift the whole thing.
  3. Place about a tablespoon of buttercream in the center of your cake board or stand and place the first layer flat side down on top of it. Using an offset spatula spread an even, generous layer of buttercream on the first cake layer, then sprinkle some mini chocolate chips over the buttercream. Place the second cake layer flat side up on the first. Spread a thin, crumb coat over the entire cake and put it in the freezer for about 10 minutes to chill.
  4. Remove the chilled cake from the freezer and finish frosting the cake with the remaining buttercream (save some if you want to pipe a border). Put the buttercream on the top of the cake and just spread it over the edges with an offset spatula. Then work the buttercream around the edges until the cake is completely covered and evenly coated.
  5. Gently press the pretzel crumble into the sides. Remove the wax paper from under the cake. Pipe a border if you like (I used a Wilton 1M tip), then sprinkle the top of the cake with more crumble and drizzle with some caramel (optional).
*Cake can be stored at room temperature in a covered container for a couple days. You can refrigerate it, but allow to come to room temperature before serving.

Red Velvet Mocha Macaron Cake

Decadent red velvet cake filled with a whipped cream cheese filling surrounded by a rich chocolate fudge frosting adorned with mocha macarons make this cake an extravagant dessert fit for any special occasion!

Red Velvet Mocha Macaron Cake | JavaCupcake.com

A couple months ago, my friend Rachel of the fashion and lifestyle blog Glitter & Bow asked me to make a cake for her friends birthday.  But, not just any cake… it had to be a very special cake.

Rachel and I discussed several options, but decided on a Red Velvet Mocha Macaron Cake.  Red velvet and cream cheese go perfectly together inside the cake, but to tie in the macarons, we went with a chocolate fudge frosting.

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Deliciously sinful in every bite… or so I was told.

Since the cake was for a party, I couldn’t really cut into it for a photo for this post, so I tried to take a picture of the cake before I frosted it to give you an idea of how the inside looks.

Red Velvet Mocha Macaron Cake | JavaCupcake.com

The birthday girl sweetly emailed me after the party and said the cake was delicious and she was so very thankful I made it for her.  I only wish I could have had a slice of the cake myself!

Happy Baking!

5.0 from 1 reviews
Red Velvet Mocha Macaron Cake
 
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Ingredients
Red Velvet Cake
  • 8Tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 5 Tbsp unsweetened dark chocolate cocoa powder
  • 4 Tbsp liquid red food coloring mixed with 2 Tbsp water
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3 tsp distilled white vinegar
Whipped Cream Cheese Filling
  • 4oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • ¾ cup heavy whipping cream
Chocolate Fudge Frosting
  • 12Tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1lb package plus 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ⅓ cup dark chocolate cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 4oz semi-sweet bakers chocolate
Mocha Macarons
Instructions
Red Velvet Cake
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Grease & flour 2 9-in round cake pans.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar for 3 minutes. One at a time, add the eggs and mix well after each addition. Cream again for 1 more minute.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the cocoa powder, water, vanilla and red liquid coloring until it has become a thick paste.
  4. Add this mixture to the bowl of the mixer and mix until completely combined. Scrape the bowl down to make sure all the batter has been colored red.
  5. Combine the flour and salt together in a bowl. Add half the buttermilk to the batter and mix until combined, the mixture will look grainy and curdled. Add half the flour and mix until combined. Repeat this with the remaining buttermilk and flour.
  6. Add the baking soda and vinegar and beat for 2 minutes or until the mixture is completely smooth and uniform.
  7. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  8. Cool in the pan for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
  9. Wrap the cake layers in plastic and freeze until firm or ready to use.
Whipped Cream Cheese Filling
  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer, whip the cream cheese until light and fluffy. Add sugar, salt and vanilla and continue whipping until incorporated.
  2. With the mixer on medium speed, slowly add the whipping cream and whip until incorporated. Turn the mixer to high speed and whip until light, fluffy and smooth.
  3. Chill for at least an hour or until ready to use.
Chocolate Fudge Frosting
  1. Using a double boiler, gently melt the chocolate. Set aside to slightly cool.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, beat the butter until smooth. While beating, sift together the cocoa powder and powdered sugar.
  3. Pour the cooled, melted chocolate into the butter and mix until incorporated.
  4. One cup at a time, add the powdered sugar and cocoa to the butter beating well after each addition.
  5. Mix in the vanilla and salt.
  6. Slowly pour in the heavy cream and beat the frosting on high speed until smooth and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes.
Mocha Macarons
  1. Use THIS RECIPE to make the macarons and filling. Instead of making mini macarons like the recipe, use a 1½in circle template to make your macarons.
Assembly
  1. Place one cake layer on a cake plate or stand, flat side down. Spread whipped cream cheese filling evenly over the top of the cake leaving a ½in border of unfrosted cake on the edges. . Gently place the second cake layer, flat side up, on top of the filling and press gently until the filling reaches the edges. Chill cake for 20 minutes to set.
  2. Apply a thin crumb coat of frosting to the entire outside of the cake. Freeze/chill the cake again for 20-30 minutes or until the frosting is firm.
  3. Spread the remaining frosting evenly over the outside of the cake. Use a bench scraper to create a flat surface of frosting on the top of the cake. Use a small spatula to create a textured side/edges of the cake.
  4. Place macarons evenly on the top of the cake along the edges.
  5. Chill cake and macarons until ready to serve. Remove 20 minutes before serving.

German Plum Cake

Ripe, sweet, juicy plums are one of my favorite fruits in the Fall. Here in Germany, the most delicious cake is make from these dark purple pitted fruits, Plum Cake!

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With less than a year left in Germany, I’m determined to learn to bake as many of my favorite treats that I’ve come to love in the last 3 1/2 years.  Cake rectangles topped with fruit and struessel are a German staple and one of my most favorite desserts.

In Germany, small purple plums are in season beginning in late summer and continue into the Fall.  They are an inexpensive fruit to purchase but they make one of the best and most unexpected additions to cake.

Before I lived in Germany, I had never seen plums in cake before and to be honest, it would have never crossed my mind to use them in a dessert.  Let me tell you though, this Plum Cake is one of my all time favorite treats in Germany.

German Plum Cake | JavaCupcake.com

Now, you may be thinking, “This doesn’t look like a cake?!”  And you’re right!  German cakes come in all shapes and sizes.  The base of is almost a bread like dough made with yeast and rolled out into a pan.  Topping the dough  is a whipped cream and quark mixture topped with rows of fresh plums and a streusel to die for.  Hmmmm… yeah.  This really is the quintessential fruit cake in Germany.  It’s a must have and now a must bake!

There are several names for this German Plum Cake including Pflaumenmuskuchen or Zwetschgendatschi.  When I go into the bakery, I just smile and point and say, “Pflaumenkuchen, bitte!”

German Plum Cake | JavaCupcake.com

I translated this recipe from a German baking book I picked up at the Kaufland here. It’s called Omas beste Kuchen by Parragon Books.  You can buy it on Amazon if you’re interested.  The book is full of traditional German cakes that can be found in all the bakeries here!

If you need help with measurements in the recipe, you can download my Baking Conversion Charts to help you with the conversions!

Enjoy!

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Recipe type: Cake, Dessert
Cuisine: German
Serves: 16-20 slices
Ingredients
Crust
  • 175ml milk
  • 350g all-purpose flour
  • 21g yeast (3 envelopes/packets)
  • pinch of salt
  • 40g granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1tsp vanilla sugar
  • zest of ½ a lemon
  • 60g unsalted butter
Filling
  • 2 large eggs
  • 50g granualted sugar
  • 500g quark
  • 2Tbsp corn starch
  • 100g heavy cream
  • 850g or about 30 small purple plums, pitted & quartered
Topping
  • 200g all-purpose flour
  • 100g granulated sugar
  • 100g unsalted butter, cold
  • powdered sugar, for garnish
Instructions
Crust
  1. Warm milk in a sauce pan to 100F-110F degrees and set aside.
  2. Sift the flour into a bowl. Make a well in the center and pour in the yeast. Sprinkle the salt and half the sugar over the yeast. Add 50ml of the warm milk (about ¼ cup) and vigorously stir together with a wooden spoon. Cover with a towel and set in a warm place to proof for about 10 minutes (may take longer if it's not warm enough).
  3. Using a stand mixer with the dough hook, place the dough into the bowl. Add the egg, sugar, vanilla sugar, lemon zest and the butter and mix until combined. Add the remaining milk and mix until smooth. Cover and let rise in a warm place for 30 minutes or until doubled in size.
Filling
  1. Wash and remove the pits of the plus. Slice the plums into quarters (4 pieces) and set aside.
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer with the whisk attachment, whip the cream until stiff.
  3. In another bowl, whisk the eggs and sugar until fluffy and the color has lightened. Mix in the corn starch and quark and stir until smooth.
  4. Gently fold the quark mixture into the whipped cream being gentle not to deflate the cream.
Topping
  1. In a bowl, combine the flour and sugar. Cube the butter and add it to the mixture. Using a pastry blender or a fork, cut the butter into the flour and sugar until crumbly.
Assembly
  1. Preheat oven to 350F/180C degrees.
  2. Grease a 30x40cm pan with butter and flour.
  3. Knead the proofed dough 3-4 times on a lightly floured surface. Gently roll the dough to the size of the pan. Transfer the dough to the pan, pressing it into the sides and edges.
  4. Spread the filling evenly over the dough.
  5. Arrange the plums in rows on top of the filling.
  6. Sprinkle topping over the plums.
  7. Bake 30-45 minutes until golden brown. Turn heat off and let the cake rest in the oven for 10 minutes.
  8. Cool completely then garnish with a dusting of powdered sugar.
  9. Cut cake into rectangles and serve with coffee or tea.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 16

 

Chocolate Red Currant Creme Cake

Dense dark chocolate cake layers filled with a decadent red currant creme all covered in chocolate ganache and garnished with frosted red currants make every slice of this Chocolate Red Currant Creme Cake a sinfully delicious guilty pleasure!

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I’ve made several layer cakes over the past few years, but this cake is truly the culmination of everything I’ve learned about American and German baking, rolled into one glorious dessert.

And when I say American and German baking, I mean that I’ve taken my American style cake and paired it with a German style cake filling covered it in a simple ganache.  No frosting or buttercream anywhere on this cake… which is a huge departure for me.  Here in Germany, the cakes are typically filled with a cream and topped with whipped cream or ganache, but hardly ever do you find frosting or buttercream on their cakes.

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This is not an overly sweet cake. Instead this cake is very rich cake and paired with the creaminess of the filling and the tartness of the berries the flavors match each other perfectly.

Red Currants are typically found in Western Europe, but this cake could easily be made with any fruit including fresh cherries or raspberries.  Even strawberries would be amazing with this cake!

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The chocolate cake recipe that I used for this cake is my tried and true chocolate cake.  It is made with melted butter and coffee as well as dark chocolate cocoa powder.  The biggest difference this time with this cake is that it is served chilled, which in my opinion completely changes the texture and flavor of the chocolate.  In fact, I think the chocolate flavor intensifies and the texture becomes dense, thick and almost fudge-like.  Heavenly.

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The recipe for the red currant creme filling was inspired by a similar cake I saw on a Croatian baking blog and I adapted it to fit what I wanted to create.  They actually made a very similar cake and was thrilled to see how successful they had been in their attempt to make the cake that I had been dreaming of in my head!

Since this cake is a very large cake and the pieces don’t need to be cut more than an inch big, I had a lot of cake to share!  One of my neighbors was kind enough to eat most of it for me!  I kept offering slices and she kept saying YES!

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Each bite of this cake knocked my socks off and far exceeded any expectations I had for how it would be.  The sour cream filling I expected to be very sour, but after sitting in the refrigerator chilling for 24 hours, the flavors came together and it was perfect.

If you need a show stopping cake for your next party, I completely suggest this cake!  Your friends and family will be so impressed!

Happy Baking!

Chocolate Red Currant Creme Cake
 
Cook time
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Serves: 1 10in cake - about 16-20 servings
Ingredients
Chocolate Cake
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup brewed strong coffee
  • 2tsp vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup dark chocolate cocoa powder
  • ⅔ cup sour cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
Red Currant Creme Filling
  • 300g red currants, destemmed, clean and dry
  • 50g granulated sugar
  • ⅛tsp orange extract
  • 6 large egg yolks
  • 100g granulated sugar
  • 700g sour cream
  • 4Tbsp cold water
  • 10g powdered gelatin
Ganache
  • 200g semi-sweet chocolate (50-60% cocoa)
  • 250g heavy cream
  • 2Tbsp unsalted butter
Garnish
  • 1-2 cups chocolate shavings
  • 2 cups or a large bunch of red currants on the stem
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
Instructions
Chocolate Cake
  1. Prepare a 10in springform pan by greasing the sides and bottom with butter or shortening and then coating in flour.
  2. In a medium pot over medium-high heat, melt the butter. Add the cocoa powder, brewed coffee, and vanilla extract and whisk until combined. Bring to a light simmer and cook for 1 minute. Remove from the heat and allow to cool for 5 minutes.
  3. While cooling, whisk together the egg and sour cream in a medium bowl.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt.
  5. Slowly whisk the chocolate mixture into the bowl with the eggs and sour cream until smooth.
  6. Make a well in the flour mixture and pour the wet mixture into it. Whisk together until just combined. DO NOT OVERMIX.
  7. Pour the batter into the prepared springform pan. Bake 25-35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  8. Allow to cool in the pan completely before removing from the springform pan.
  9. Once cool, trim the top of the cake so it is flat. Measure half way down the cake and cut it into two equal layers.
Red Currant Creme Filling
  1. Gently stir together the red currants, 50g granulated sugar and orange extract in a medium pot and cook over medium high heat for 5-10 minutes. Be careful not to break up the berries. You want their skins to become slightly soft and for the juice of the berries to come out with the sugar, but not for the berries to break down. Set aside to cool.
  2. In a medium glass bowl over a water bath, whisk the egg yolks with 100g granulated sugar. Cook for 7-8 minutes or until the mixture becomes thick. Remove the bowl from the heat and allow to cool for 5 minutes.
  3. In a large bowl, measure out the sour cream. Scoop about 3Tbsp of the sour cream into the egg yolk mixture to help cool it down.
  4. In a small pot over low heat, whisk cold water and the gelatin together. Slowly warm the mixture to dissolve the gelatin. Once dissolved, pour it into the eggs and whisk to combine.
  5. Whisk remaining sour cream until smooth. Pour in the egg mixture and whisk to combine completely.
  6. Gently fold in the red currants, including all the juice in the pot. Chill this mixture in the freezer for about 25 minutes or until it has began to set but it still pourable.
  7. Place the bottom layer of the cake back in the springform pan, making sure the pan is latched closed. Pour the filling over the cake and smooth it out flat with an offset spatula. Place the second layer of cake on top of the filling and gently press down to ensure that the filling has reached the sides of the pan.
  8. Cover with foil and chill the cake at least 24 hours. Once completely chilled and the filling has set, you can move on to covering th cake in ganache.
Ganache
  1. Chop the chocolate into very small pieces and place in a medium glass bowl.
  2. In a small pot on medium high heat, heat the heavy cream just until it begins to simmer. Pour the hot cream over the chopped chocolate and let stand for 3 minutes, untouched.
  3. Stir the cream and chocolate together until smooth slowly, being careful not to create any air bubbles in the chocolate.
  4. Add the butter and stir until combined.
  5. Allow the chocolate to cool and thicken until when poured it won't immediately run off the top of the cake.
  6. Remove the cake from the springform pan and place it on the serving platter or plate.
  7. SLOWLY pour the ganache in the center of the top of the cake until it reaches the edges of the cake and begins to fall down the sides. You want the chocolate thick enough that it will leave a nice layer of chocolate on the top of the cake, almost like a frosting, but not as thick and very smooth.
  8. Using an offset spatula, scoop up the chocolate that fell down the sides and spread it along the edges, being careful not to damage the perfectly smooth top of the cake.
Garnish
  1. Before the ganache has time to set, press chocolate shavings onto the side of the cake.
  2. Clean and dry the red currants.
  3. Whisk an egg white in a small bowl. Dip the red currants, on the stem, into the egg whites then completely cover in granulated sugar.
  4. Set on a tray covered in wax paper to set and completely dry.
  5. Place the frosted red currants in a pile on top of the cake in the center.
  6. Keep cake chilled until ready to serve.

Very Berry Cheesecake

You may  not believe it when I tell you this, but I’ve never made a traditional cheesecake before this one.  Maybe it’s because I’m not actually a fan of cheesecake… or cream cheese for that matter.  I know, I must be nuts!

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It really wasn’t until I went to Disneyland Paris and was served a mini cheesecake with my dinner that I started to think differently about cheesecake.  This cheesecake had a thick graham cracker crust, a sweet creamy center and was covered in a raspberry sauce that was insanely good.  All three together was amazing!

So, when I was invited to be a part of National Cheesecake Day with some of my food blogging friends I figured this would be the perfect opportunity to make my very first traditional cheesecake! A Very Berry Cheesecake!

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Because I love chocolate and the commissary finally started carrying chocolate creme OREOs, I decided I wanted this cheesecake to have a chocolate crust.  Seriously, who doesn’t love a chocolate cookie crust?  And then to top the cheesecake, I wanted to try and replicate the tart, sweet flavor of the berry sauce that I had on the cheesecake in Paris, so I made a chunky raspberry & strawberry sauce to pour over each serving of cheesecake.

The filling of the cheesecake comes from a recipe I found on Simply Recipes.  I’m not even going to rewrite the recipe for you, I’m just going to let you head on over there and use their directions and tutorials.  It’s amazing.  Simply Recipes has provided a lot of pictures and very simple instructions.  I felt confident as a first time maker of cheesecake that I could “get it right” with this recipe! The only difference is that I used a 10in springform pan instead of the 8in or 9in their recipe calls for.

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I really wanted each bite of cheesecake to have the flavor from the berry sauce, because to me that was the best part of the cheesecake… the contrast between the creamy smooth of the cheesecake and the tart and sweet of the fruit.  Add the crunch of the crust and WOAH… perfection.

I think that this cheesecake has made me a believer.  A cheesecake believer, that is!

If you’re a cheesecake lover, you’re going to want to check out all of these other amazing bloggers and their cheesecakes!  We’ve got bars, cakes, pops, and so much more!  I can’t wait to check them all out myself!

Enjoy!

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Very Berry Cheesecake
 
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Serves: 1 10in cheescake
Ingredients
Crust
  • 25 chocolate cream OREO cookies
  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 7 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
Filling
Topping
  • 4 cups fresh raspberries
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 Tbsp vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  • Fresh raspberries, blackberries and blueberries
Instructions
Crust
  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
  2. In your food processor, pulse the cookies until you have a finely ground consistency.
  3. Pour in the sugar, salt and melted butter. Pulse again until a dough forms. Scrape the sides and bottom of the processor to make sure everything has been incorporated.
  4. Prepare your springform pan according to the directions found in this recipe from Simply Recipes .
  5. Press the cookie mixture evenly into the bottom of the prepared 10in springform pan.
  6. Bake for 13 minutes. Remove from the oven to cool.
  7. Reduce heat in the oven to 325F degrees.
Filling
  1. Prepare, bake and chill the cheesecake according to the instructions on the recipe from [Simply Recipes] in the 10in springform pan with the Oreo crust.
Topping
  1. In a large pan, combine the raspberries, sugar, vanilla and salt over medium high heat.
  2. Smash the raspberries until no more pieces remain.
  3. Cook until the mixture begins to simmer and bubble. Stir constantly and cook for about 5 minutes or until the mixture begins to thicken.
  4. Remove from the heat and press the mixture through a metal/mesh strainer into a bowl. They object of this is to remove the seeds and any chunks so all that's left is a sauce.
  5. If the sauce is too thin, meaning if you dip your finger in it none stays on your finger, return it to the pan and cook on medium high, bubbling, until it's thickened to your desired consistency. Don't reduce it too far, you want as much of this delicious sauce as possible!
  6. Set the sauce aside to cool completely before using.
Assembly & Storage
  1. Cut a slice of cheesecake and put it on a plate.
  2. Spoon the raspberry sauce over the top of the cheesecake.
  3. Garnish the cheesecake & plate with fresh raspberries, blackberries and blueberries.
  4. Store the sauce & cheesecake covered in the refrigerator up to a week.