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!

Big Hairy Spider Cake for my most favourite arachnophobe’s birthday

19 Jul

Big Hairy Spider Cake


It was a very special day yesterday. I do love birthdays, or any occasion for a party, as long as I have a say in the guest list. But of course my man’s birthdays are always especially special! :)

Now this man of mine happens to be a serious arachnophobe. The only thing he might fear more is having to get up early in the morning.

I want you, dear reader, to believe me that I baked this cake in order to alleviate his phobia. Because it would be really cool if somebody believed that!


Big Hairy Spider Cake


The mouse in its almondibles (hee!) was a last-minute flash of inspiration; I think it’s a very nice detail. For a given value of nice, of course.

As for the cake, it’s a chocolate cake with a cherry and cream filling and chocolate frosting, not quite a Black Forest gateau, but a bit of a Black Forest wannabe. :) I cut the cake twice, horizontally, right as it came out of the oven. Then I put the top layer into a big bowl lined with cling film in order to get the shape of the spider body.

The rest is history. And lots and lots of chocolate.


Big Hairy Spider Cake


Flowery Apricot & Coconut Roulade

7 Jul


Flowery Roulade



Yesterday was not a good day. By the later afternoon, I was seriously annoyed with … well, everything.

This everything included the fact that I had not tackled any serious baking projects in a while, and with a special birthday coming up, I felt I really needed to get into the game again!

Among the things I had never made before were roulades, mostly because I am not a big fan of them myself. But, well, somebody likes them…

The other reason to make a roulade was the cake pattern thing I’d read about. I am not sure you can see it in my pictures, but the flowers are not on top of the roulade but baked into the cake instead. What you do is make a very small batch of batter, add food colouring, pipe shapes onto baking parchment, freeze it, and then pour the regular batter on top of the frozen batter pattern.



Flowery Roulade



I think the shapes turned out quite nicely. A tad too cute for my taste, but what can you do!? ;)

I did not want to use cream for the roulade filling because of current temperatures, so I made a sort of coconut pudding and added apricots. I think the combination works rather well.

Did my mood improve when I made the roulade, you ask? Well, food colouring usually helps. :D

Wurst-Käs-Szenario [language warning: German]

24 May


Das Motto unserer Eurovision-Party 2015 war, passend zu Conchitas grandiosem Sieg letztes Jahr, WURST-KÄS-SZENARIO!

Weil warum nicht!
(Und, nein, ich wollte wirklich nicht versuchen, das ins Englische zu übersetzen oder irgendwie auf englisch zu erklären.)

Unsere Gäste haben sich wieder mal mächtig ins Zeug gelegt und kamen großartig verkleidet, und bis auf die Musik war’s ein toller Abend!


Aber jetzt zum wichtigsten: KUCHEN.





Ich musste (irgendwie unoriginellerweise) wieder mal meinen Mohnkuchen machen. Der hat einfach echt viele Fans in meinem Freundeskreis (und offensichtlich mehr als The Makemakes und Ann-Dings zusammen, harr harr).

Drauf gab’s zweifärbigen Zuckerguss sowie Wurst und Käselöcher aus gefärbtem Marzipan.

Sieht irgendwie fast ein bisschen unappetitlich aus… Mission accomplished!


Außerdem habe ich auch noch pikante Torten gebacken:





Halbe Sache: Käsetorte

Halbe Sache: Käsetorte


Beide Torten – bzw. die eineinhalb Torten – bestanden aus Kuchenböden, für die ich mein Zucchinikuchen-Rezept abgewandelt habe. Unter anderem hab ich grob gehackte Walnüsse dazugefügt, was dem ganzen echt ne schöne Note verpasst hat. If I may say so myself.

Die Wurst-Käse-Torte war überraschenderweise mit Wurst und Käse gefüllt, und die halbe Sache nur mit Käse. Wer hätt’s gedacht! :D


Deutsche Monsterbake-Blogeinträge sind komisch. I’m going back to bed.

Little Green Monster Cake

18 Mar

Little Green Monster Cake

The best thing about a February Friday the 13th in a non-leap year is, of course, that there is another Friday the 13th coming right up!

I had about a thousand grand ideas — well, two. But hey, that’s not too bad!

And in any case, the universe, it seems, was not too excited about me having my way. Which is strange because it should have learned by now that only good things ever happen when I have my way…

Long story short, the only really nice thing that came out of my Friday the 13th baking was this little green monster cake. It’s a white chocolate cake with melted white chocolate, green food colouring and candy eyes :)

The rest of the cake had to be turned into a trifle, and the little green monster cake sat on top of the bowl. Resting on heap of crushed fellow monsters. That’s how I like them.


PS: Due to special circumstances, no St-Patrick’s-Day baking happened this year over here at Monsterbake. But since I am so late posting all this, the little green monster cake should count for both!

Chocolate Souffle Cheesecake for Friday the 13th (and against burnt Brussels sprouts)

13 Feb

Today, I had five reasons to bake a cake:

Reasons 1 – 3: Chocolate. Souffle. Cheesecake.

Reason 4: It’s Friday the 13th! Yay!

Reason 5: Yesterday, I managed to burn Brussels sprouts. I was seriously distracted for a moment or two, and only noticed what had happened when it was already a bit of a catastrophe… The smell is HIDEOUS. Capital HID, capital EEE-OUS.

And it’s two more things: pervasive and tenacious. Every corner of our home still smells of it. And there’s only so much you can do with opening the windows wide. So I had to bake a cake in order for a new smell to cover the burnt Brussels sprouts.*

Chocolate Souffle Cheesecake
This is where I got the recipe from: Sweet & Savory by Shinee – I read it the other day and was instantly intrigued, even though I deeply disapprove of the “holiday” mentioned in the text… But then, I have my own occasions for which I bake cakes! To each her own, I say.

Anyway. Intrigued. Yes, I was. Three ingedients? Sounds interesting. Three ingredients, all of which my man loves? Sounds fascinating. (Although he will be disappointed by the lack of butter… ;)

There was a typo in Shinee’s instructions though. When she wrote, “Dust some powdered sugar, if desired” she forgot to add “in the shape of a skull”!

Chocolate Souffle Cheesecake
Yes, my cake collapsed and cracked a little… If The Man likes the taste and texture, I will have to have another go some time and try and do better…

In other news, don’t you just love my pretty new cake stand!? We’ve spared no expense, as John Hammond would say: that’s € 1 truly well spent!

Pretty Cake Stand
* By the way, this has not worked. Rather than cover it, the new smell ganged up with the old one and together they turned into a mutant monster smell out to destroy humankind…


Happy New Year!

1 Jan



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