Happy 2017!

1 Jan

2017 cheese bites

Happy New Year, everybody!

I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions but I believe in cheese bites with poppyseed numbers on them.

This year, let’s continue to bake the world a better weirder place!

‘Tis the season … of the Walking Bread

29 Dec

The Walking Bread

 

Deck the halls with undead folly

Fa la la la la la la la la!

 

For this year’s advent I baked cute little gingerbread zombies. I used this recipe from bbcgoodfood.com for the dough, plus food colouring, royal icing and my beloved skulls-and-bones sprinkles.

 

The Walking Bread      The Walking Bread

The Walking Bread      The Walking Bread

The Walking Bread      The Walking Bread

The Walking Bread  The Walking Bread

 

Some of them are unhappy. I think it’s because they’re always hungry. That’s one of the things I would hate about being a zombie.

The ones who have just eaten tend to be a bit happier.

 

The Walking Bread      The Walking Bread

 

Also:

Black Sheep.

The Walking Bread - Black Sheep

 

And:

zombie shark.

The Swimming Bread

Because I can.

 

Don we now our slowly rotting apparel

Fa la la la la la la la la

Troll the ancient zombie carol

FA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA!

Volcano Scenery Cake for Dissertation Origami Dinosaurs

28 Feb

Volcano Cake

This last weekend, we had a double-barrelled party. It is not usually my style to combine two occasions into one party; I am much more likely to have multiple parties for one and the same occasion of course!

But. Life is what happens to other people while you’re busy planning your cakes, as the old saying goes. Also, life gets in the way. Two and a half weeks ago, it was my birthday, but I was living la vida poca at the time and therefore couldn’t celebrate properly.

And then a second party occasion had unfolded in the meantime. I finished the work on my dissertation, which left me exhausted, confused, and in possession of about 700 pages of text printed for proofreading purposes.

What does one do with all that paper? Why, make origami dinosaurs of course!

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Raptorus Dissertationis

 

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Origamosaurus

 

And then you have to bake a cake volcano so they feel at home. Obviously.

The ground is a white chocolate sheet cake with a dark chocolate cream, green desiccated coconut for the grass and some blue vanilla pudding for the lake.

The volcano is a lovely courgette and hazelnut cake with chocolate icing and orange vanilla pudding lava. (E numbers are your friends, remember!)

 

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Getting the volcano shape right proved too difficult for me, as you can see. But it takes all sorts, I have learned, and why shouldn’t this apply to volcanoes as well!?

On the plus side, I had bug-shaped sugar sprinkles to add some more (and also edible) wildlife:

bugs

All in all, a cake worthy of the occasions, methinks!

New Year’s Monsters for Good Luck

23 Jan

New Years Monsters

Happy New Year!

If you haven’t spent most of January asleep and/or hungover, I don’t want to be you.

So the new year has now finally officially begun in monsterbake land, and this is why it’s time to post the monster cakes I baked for New Year’s Day.

In the German-speaking world, it’s custom to give people little pigs for good luck on New Year’s Eve, and to regift the ones you’ve received on the first days of the new year. This year, however, I spent New Year’s Day with such nice people that I really wanted to bake good-luck charms especially for them.

Problem: I cannot bake little pigs for good luck. Or for love or money.

So instead I did what I do best I am less rubbish at. I baked monster cakes. Little monsters with a hint of orange, and dark and white chocolate decoration.

If your new year hasn’t started with little monster cakes, I really don’t want to be you. :-Þ

Have a monster 2016 everybody!!

Pepernoten Christmas Cake in a Cinnamon Fir Forest

22 Dec

 

2015 Christmas Cake

We had our traditional (!) Christmas dinner last weekend. And would you believe it, I volunteered to bring a cake! :)

I made a pepernoten cake. Pepernoten are Dutch Christmas … biscuits? Things. Let’s agree to call them Christmas things. Also, italics.

So, yeah. Pepernoten. They taste a bit gingerbready and are very lovely. I made a quite moist sponge cake with bits of pepernoten in it. The bakpubliek liked it! :D

 

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On top of the cake, I put loads of sparkly sugar stars. Because Christmas!

 

2015 Christmas Cake

 

For the fir forest, I’d baked cinnamon biscuits the previous day. I bought two more biscuit cutters especially because I wanted to have different shapes and sizes for the trees.

 

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And there’s a dinosaur lurking in the forest! I didn’t have to buy an extra biscuit cutter for him, though. Surprised, are you?

Merrooooooooooooooooooaaaary Christmas!

 

Are you in Halloween mood yet?

21 Dec

Halloween Cake

What do you mean, I’m late? Monsterbake is never late. Or early. She blogs just when she intended to.

Or something like that.

 

In fact, it’s been so long since this cake was made, and consumed, that I cannot remember what kind of cake it was at all.

I can tell you it had chocolate icing.

And little sugar skulls and bones.

Not bad, eh?

 

Ah, Halloween. Don’t you just love it?

 

Happy holidays! :)

Backen für Wacken II / Wacken baking 2015

2 Aug

Wacken Muffins

By very vocal demand of a single person, I had to bake poppyseed cake for this year’s Wacken Open Air again. Last year’s seems to have gone down even better than I’d thought! :D

This year, however, I made muffins rather than a sheet cake for logistics reasons.*

Unfortunately, I did not have the time for intricate poppyseed cake decoration this time, so I made use of my lateste acquisition: food colouring pens!

In theory, you can use them to draw and write on your food without a problem.

In practice, sugar icing will break if your drawing and writing is not exquisitely tender. In addition, the colour will bleed out and blur a little over night, so you should have taken the pictures just when you were done decorating the muffins. Grrrr.

 

* Our driver banned fresh fruit or vegetables, as well as cakes, from his car, because he says neither are Heavy Metal. This is rubbish, of course. If these muffins are not Heavy Metal, I don’t know what is! \m/ So, anyway, I had to pack the muffins into boxes to pass his luggage inspection and smuggle the muffins on board.

As is usually the case when I break the rules, it was definitely worth it! The muffins got our gang through some very tough and very muddy times at the festival!