Sometimes I can be a real great housewife. For example when I go to work in the morning, come home and feed my three month old while my boyfriend goes grocery shopping for me, I then bake three types of muffins, in the meantime go shopping again because something is missing, I then go to the gym, and afterwards make another tarte.
Yes, it was my birthday. 🙂
In the end, we had vegan chocolate cherry muffins, not-so-vegan berry crumble muffins, sugar and salt free apple banana oat muffins for my nine month old guest of honor, and a lemon tarte. And I fell into my bed like I was half dead. But then I could celebrate the next day with my guests and a lot of cake.
Anyways, I promised that I would make a candy mountain cake for a friend’s birthday. Since we were both on vacation on the day itself, I made the cake for my own birthday and we shared. So here it is, the candy mountain candy cake:
For this cake, I used the „wonder recipe“ (in German). I prepared something in between 1.5 and 2 times the amount and baked one 26 cm cake and two smaller ones. The large one was cut in three layers and filled with lemon curd (I used this recipe, also in German, double amount), and I also used lemon curd between the smaller ones. Then I carved the candy mountain shape from the two small cakes. In the end, I used white ganache to cover the cake, and colored it pink for the candy mountain. With all the cooling times in between, it took three days of work, but it was worth it.
All my friends are getting their PhD recently. Yesterday, I went to the fifth defense this year. Of course, I made my PhD cake again. This time, I decided to try a chocolate plate on top and a rainbow cake inside, covered with fondant.
For the chocolate plate, I went to three different stores here in Bonn, but could not find what I needed. You can buy chocolate bars and sculptures of all sort, but it seems that nobody in these stores is able to sell me a big, squared chocolate plate. Quite disappointed, I just decided to make it myself. I was afraid it would break, but it actually was quite easy and remained stable enough.
For the cake, I started with the recipe by Sallys Tortenwelt (in German). I can recommend her lemon cream and chocolate ganache, but I did not like her dough at all. It tasted kind of bitter, so I used more flour and sugar in my version. In the end, I could have used a little more lemon cream, but it still looked and tasted nice.
This weekend, two friends of mine celebrated their wedding. This was the reason, why I made a test cake last week – I wanted to test the texture of the vegan „butter“ cream (it is suitable for multi-layered cakes).
Here the result: a three layer chocolate lemon cream cake. Overall, I am happy with it, and I think the guests liked it as well. But next time, I would use marzipan or fudge as a topping, because the raw cream just does not look very nice.
For the buffet, I also made a poppy seed cake and a vegan cheese cake with plums. As always, there are pictures below.
Special occasions require special cakes – so I probably should have made a black-red-golden Germany cake for the world championship. But I am not the patriotic flag person, and I was rather preparing for a special celebration in the next weeks.
To test the cake I want to make for that occasion (details will follow), I made this vegan chocolate lemon cake. The recipe again comes from my vegan baking book. I took it to work and had my colleagues try it. And here are some pictures: