Sometimes you just need cake. Without an actual event calling for it. Which is how I felt last weekend – I just wanted to bake a beautiful cake, layered with something creamy and fruity, topped with something sprinkly and full of ingredients I can deal with (so no dairy and no wheat). The result was a spin-off of my banana bread recipe in combination with some whipped rice cream mixed with a raspberries and vanilla…and I dare say the result turned out beautiful:
The title of today’s post is too long. I know this, but I honestly didn’t know how to shorten it anymore. Originally, I thought about naming this cake:
Chocolate Hazelnut Banana Bread Raspberry Coconut Cake.
But that would’ve definitely been too long. The title now is my compromise. If you have a better, idea, let me know in the comments, and I may change it.
So I have been trying to bake a vegan cheesecake without a cashew or other nut filling for at least 4 months. I have tested coconut milk, soy yogurt and a few other concoctions I really don’t want to revisit, and, while there has been one version that was at least edible, I have not been successful. It’s just one of those recipe experiments I have put to rest, simply because it’s too frustrating! In fact, I haven’t felt the need to bake a cheesecake for a few weeks! That is, until I had to go our local organic foods store and saw that they had a special product on sale:
It’s a rainy Sunday and I just finished watching “Julie & Julia”. I love that it’s not as hot today, in fact I am feeling extremely comfy in my sweater! The movie is awesome, I really like Meryl Streep, but the topic of the movie also really hits home for me. I know many people don’t truly understand why I am blogging, and why I find baking and cooking so soothing. To be honest, I can’t really explain it myself….but somehow, if I manage to bake a cake that ends up just as I want it to, I feel better no matter how the day has gone.
When I call this chocolate cake “insane”, I mean it. I didn’t realize it would turn out so unbelievably good when I was making it, and still can’t fathom that this amazing cake turned out the way it did. I am not trying to over-exaggerate, but this may be the best, most perfect chocolate cake that I’ve ever tasted IN MY LIFE.
It was my grandfather’s birthday party yesterday, and my grandma’s request was for me to bring a chocolate cake. Having recently tested a chocolate cake recipe for my sister’s birthday, but not being 100% happy with the texture and taste, I thought I’d take a look at a few couple other recipes to get some inspiration.
Now, my dream chocolate cake is dense, moist, creamy, melts in your mouth, is insanely rich in chocolate taste (so rich that after two forks full you should really stop, but keep going anyways because it’s so amazing), and, most importantly, it has a lovely, thick chocolate frosting.
Yesterday I thought I could quickly write up this post before heading over to my family’s to prepare for last night’s service…oh the duties of a pastor’s daughter. 🙂 Nah, just kidding, I like helping out, reading out loud at church, singing an occasional song, and that general thing. I guess growing up with a Dad who’s enthusiastic about church makes you feel closer to your Dad when you’re taking part in organising a service.
So I have had two days during which I have not really been feeling as energized as I wish I would. I really get annoyed with myself when my energy levels aren’t high, mostly because then I don’t feel like working out, and lounging around on my sofa all day is something I don’t do without a guilty conscience. I know it may sound ridiculous, but I just don’t do “relaxation” well.
My brother dropped by for lunch yesterday, and I was very happy about that, as I could force him to taste-test my newest raw cake creation! I love baking, cooking, and making “raw” goodies, but I hate having to eat it all by myself. Well, maybe not hate, but it’s just not good if you make yummy food and eat it all yourself all the time. 🙂
My weekend was super busy! I had two Christmas concerts with my choir, which were both very fun, and very well received, but it really takes a lot of energy out of you (positively, of course) to get up in front of 200 people and sing your guts out. Nevertheless, it was so great to have so many people in the audience, and I really can’t complain! And, after all, today has been a very lazy, laid-back day, wholly devoted to rebooting our systems, and recharging our batteres. 🙂