Bird’s Nest Cake for Easter

Easter is right around the corner! It's time to start thinking about what decadent and precious dessert you'll be whipping up for your friends and family.If you ask me, you should make this lovely little cake. It's the kind of super chocolatey that screams for a scoop of vanilla frozen yogurt.In addition to being absolutely delicious, it's also too cute! You'll have all of the women oo-ing and ah-ing over it! Trust me. I did!Plus, they'll be in for a surprise when you cut the cake to reveal a vanilla chocolate chip frosting inside!Happy Easter and Happy Baking!Bird's Nest Cake adapted from Martha Stewart Ingredientscanola oil spray 1/2 cup Hershey's Special Dark cocoa powder + some for dusting 2 sticks unsalted butter 1 tablespoon instant espresso … [Read more...]

Easter Cake Recipe

 I still can’t believe that Easter is in March this year, I always think of March as the month of Women’s day in Italy (8th of March) and it’s a way too early for Easter eggs and bunnies! So I decided to decorate my traditional carrot Easter cake with mimosas (typical flowers women are given on the 8th of March in Italy) to bring together the two celebrations! This cake is extra light and moist and it’s perfect for family parties. The frosting is very simple but blood orange juice pairs really well with the carrots, I also don’t add any butter because I like my frosting light, but you can use your usual cream cheese frosting recipe if you wish to. I used two 6 inch round pans  (plus a 7 inches square pan for the extra batter) but I think it can be baked in two 8 inches round … [Read more...]

Vegan Chocolate Mousse

Vegan Chocolate Mousse?  Is that possible? I have been baking for a while now and I think I have tried a few things: I have baked cakes with so many different flours and sugars, I tried EVERY coconut product on the market and I also added funky vegetables to cakes in order to improve texture. So last week when someone told me that chickpea water (yes that bizarre liquid you discard in your sink when you open a can of chickpeas) can be whipped like egg whites I was amazed. How come Had I never heard of it?No surprise: I went home for the weekend and I was committed to making a chocolate mousse using chickpea water for brunch. And so this vegan chocolate mousse was born. The secret is using good chocolate: sweet potatoes bring creaminess and sweetness, while chickpea water gives some … [Read more...]

Baby Matcha Eclairs

 This is one of the cutest recipes I have ever made: tiny eclairs filled with a delicate matcha cream and glazed with the coolest naturally green glaze. Baby eclairs are so much better than regular ones because you can eat more than one without an excuse, plus they are perfect for a party! You can double and triple the recipe and make multiple flavor creams and icings: for the cream swap the matcha with your flavor of choice (coffee extract, vanilla extract..)  and add some colorant to your glaze.Baby Matcha Eclairs (makes about 12)Matcha creamIngredients250 g full fat milk 1 egg 5 tbsp. sugar 1 tsp matcha 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 tbsp + 1 tsp flourInstructionsHeat the milk in a medium pan, when it boils, add in the vanilla and … [Read more...]

Chocolate Monster Tarts

If you were looking for a quick, delicious and absolutely terrifying treat for your Halloween party, you just found it. These mini chocolate tarts are the so dark! Put together a cookie crust, a simple chocolate ganache, and some whipped cream and you will have the cutest Halloween treat on the planet that will please everyone! No oven needed and they are ready in less than two hours! Ideally, you should make these in a mini silicon muffin mold but any small round shaped tin will do (just make sure to line the tin with baking paper if it’s is an iron tin otherwise the tarts will be tricky to unmold). You can also make a large tart and cut out small tarts using a round cutter (neatness of the tarts will depend on your cookie cutter quality, obviously mine wasn’t very good eh.). Double, … [Read more...]

Strawberry Vanilla Tiramisu

The other day I was talking to some French friends about the famous Italian dessert Tiramisu when I realised that none of them knew that Tiramisu means "cheer me up" in Italian. I think it's probably the most genius dessert name anyone as ever come up with and pretty much summarise the meaning of all desserts in general.  Although I have never been that much of a fan of Tiramisu when I was younger I am starting to experiment more with recipes and  I have learnt to enjoy this classic. This spring version is super quick and easy to make and a perfect dessert for a tea party or a dinner. It’s colourful and fresh and it will surely cheer your mum up if her Mother's Day in anything but perfect!RecipeCream:3 large egg yolks (at room temperature) 3 tbsp. sugar 1 … [Read more...]