Sunday, September 21, 2014

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Lemon and vanilla cupcakes

Last Saturday my sister came for a quick visit and I really wanted to make something that she could bring home to her kids. I wanted to make something that looked fun and something that was just for them so I went with colorful cupcake liners and marzipan toppers with their names on them so that could feel that it was just for them. 
I also went with a lemon cupcake that is really natural since they're very picky eaters! 
They take about one and a half hours to make. 

What you need: 
For the cupcake: 
3 dl flour 
1.25 teaspoons baking powder
0.5 teaspoon baking soda
0.5 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1.5 dl sugar
4 teaspoons vanilla sugar
1 dl olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 dl milk

For the frosting
120 grams softened and unsalted butter 
1/4 teaspoon salt
150 grams confectioners sugar
1 tablespoon flour 
two lemons
Food coloring

How you make them!
Start by making the batter: 
Step1: Preheat your oven to 175°C
Step2: Mix together Flour, baking powder, baking soda, vanilla sugar and salt in a bowl. 
Step3: In a large bowl (or stand mixer) whisk your eggs with an electric mixer for about 30 seconds. 
Step4: Add the sugar and mix for another 30 seconds.
Step5: Add the olive oil and lemon juice to the eggs and combine well on medium speed. 
Step6: Add the dry ingredients in 3 additions. 
Step7: Add the milk. 
Step8: Spread out you cupcake liners on an oven tray or in a cupcake tray and fill 23rds of the liners with batter. 
Step9: Bake for about 15-20 minutes until they're golden brown on the outside. You should be able to stick a toothpick into the middle of the cake and have it come out clean. Let them cool.

Make the frosting: 
Step10: Use the small holes on a grater to grate the lemon peel of of the lemon. 
Step11: Mix together the butter and the lemon peel. 
Step12: Add the confectioners sugar. 
Step13: Add the juice from one lemon. Add it carefully so that the frosting doesn't curdle. 
Step14: Add the flour and then the food coloring. 
If your frosting is to soft more flour and confectioners sugar and if it's too hard add more lemon juice or.  
Step15: Put the frosting in a piping bag and pipe it on top of the cupcake. 

I will make a separate tutorial on how to make the marzipan toppers. 


My friends George and Amanda holding their cupcakes. 

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Instafavorites from August

Got to make my own pizza at work, I thing enjoyed it a bit more then normal person would. I'm easily amused.. // Probably one of my favorite days of the whole summer, spent the whole day with my coworkers playing video games, eating pancakes, went up to the northern part of the island to a forest called ''trollskogen'' and then we ended the day at my place, sitting by the fire and making smores. // Spontaneous shopping trips are always the most successful ones.

Loved these garlands! You can find the DIY here! // Birthday celebrations! //  Crayfish party: A Swedish tradition at the end of august where you get together and eat crayfish, sing drinking songs and have fun!

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Weekly Obsession

I've had been waiting for these babies since august 14th and on Tuesday I finally got them! 
Tory Burch is one of my favorite brands since I thing that all the pieces are so classy but still so versatile. I ordered them from shopbop

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Super simple chocolate cake

Some times when I was a like 12-13 my friend an I would make these and bring them to school (oh memories). Everyone loved them because let's face it, who doesn't love chocolate cake?!
So if I ever had to host a kids birthday party this is probably something I would make. 
It is super-super-simple, really delicious and you can serve it on a plate or just with a napkin.
It takes about 45 minutes to make.

What you need: 
For the cake: 
150g butter
2 eggs
3dl sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons vanilla sugar
4 tablespoons cocoa powder
1.5dl milk
4.5 dl flour

For the frosting: 
50g butter
50g dark chocolate
4 tablespoons strong coffee
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
2 teaspoons vanilla powder
3 dl confectioners sugar 

Topping: 
Sprinkles or coconut flakes.

How you make it: 
Start making the cake: 
Step1: Preheat your oven to 225°C.
Step2: Start melting you butter. 
Step3: While your butter is melting mix the eggs and sugar together until they've become white and fluffy. 
Step4: Add the vanilla sugar, baking powder and cocoa powder and combine it well with the egg mixture. 
Step5: Add the milk half a dl at a time and in between each addition of milk add 2 dl of flour and then just add the last 0.5 dl of flour after. 
Step6: Ad the melted butter to the mix. 
Step7: Butter an oven dish and then spread out the batter in an even layer. 
Step8: Bake for 15 to 20 minutes. You should be able to stick a toothpick in the middle and have it come out clean. 

Make the frosting while the cake is in the oven: 
Step9: Melt the butter and add the chocolate to the butter so that it melts. 
Step10: Add the coffee, cocoa powder and vanilla powder. Combine it well and make sure that there are no lumps. 
Step11: Add the confectioners sugar one dl at a time. 
Step12: Spread it out over the cake so that the cake is covered by a shiny layer of frosting. 
Step13: Sprinkle some sprinkles or coconut flakes on top. 
Step14: Cut it into pieces. Doesn't get easier! 

Store it in the refrigerator until you want to serve it. 


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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Weekly Obsession.


I just can't get enough of this song, honestly just makes me want to dance! 

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Birthday cake!

This cake is very dense. But the good thing about that is that if you are a beginner when it comes to stacking cakes dense cakes are a lot easier to work with. They are easier to slice and easier to stack.
I'm a total beginner when it comes to stacking cakes, I think this is my fifth or sixth one but it is the first one that really proud of! 
I used this recipe but made some slight changes to it. It takes a total of about 4 hours to make

What you need:
for the cake:
300g flour
330g sugar
2 tablespoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
8g gelatine powder
1, 25 dl olive oil (yes, olive oil)
2 teaspoons lemon juice
2.5 dl water
7 eggs
2 tablespoons sugar

For the frosting:
1.5dl butter
150g dark chocolate
1.5 dl cocoa powder
500g confectioners sugar

How you make it:
Start with the batter: 
Step1: Preheat your oven to 160 degrees. 
Step2: Mix your flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and gelatine powder in a bowl, make sure that there are no lumps. 
Step3: ''dig a hole'' in the middle of the dry ingredients. 
Step4: Separate your egg whites and yolks and put them in different bowls. 
Step5: Pour your olive oil, lemon juice, water and egg yolks into the hole but don't mix them in. Just leave them there.
Step6: Whisk your egg whites with two tablespoons of sugar until you achieve soft peaks. 
Step7: Mix together your flower mixture. 
Step8: Fold in your egg whites in three additions. Use a spatula to fold them in to the batter. 
Step9: Line two pans that are 20cm in diameter with baking paper and divide the batter evenly between them. 

Time to bake the cakes:
Step10: Bake in the oven for an hour. You should be able to stick a toothpick into the middle of the cake and have it come out clean. 
Step11: When you take the pans out of the oven spread out a piece of baking paper and place the cakes up side down so that the pans cover them like a lid. That way you make sure that the moisture stays in the cake and it doesn't become dry. Leave them there for at leas two hours. 

Time to make the frosting: 
Step12: Melt the butter and chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a double boiler. 
Step13: In another bowl mix the confectioners sugar and milk. 
Step14: Pour the butter and chocolate into the milk-mix and combine well. 
Step15: Add the cocoa powder. 
If you think that it's still to sweet you can add more cocoa powder or coffee to balance it out. 

Assemble it: 
Step16: Cut the cakes in half (horizontally of course). 
Step17: Place one of the cake layers on a cake stand. 
Step18: spread out a layer of frosting on top of the cake with a spatula or a dough cutter then put another layer of cake on top. Repeat this until you have used all the cake layers (or as many cake layers that you want to use, I stopped at three). 
Step19: clean of the sides of the cake with the spatula and put it in the refrigerator for 15 minutes. 

Cover the cake: 
Step20: With a spatula put the last bit of frosting on top of the cake and on the sides and then smooth it out with your spatula or dough cutter. If you want to make the process simpler put the cakes stand on top of a turntable. Make sure that it's centered. 
I toped my cake with a little bit of sprinkles. 

Store it in the refrigerator until you want to serve it. 


As you can see on the picture I still have to work on my layering skills. But at least the cake tasted delicious and looked good on the outside.
I'm going to post a DIY post on how I made the placement cards soon!

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