All posts tagged: cake

I’m back!

I am back, not that I wanted to, but nevertheless (yup, one word), here I am. It feels like ages ago since I was doing my usual, daily stuff and being today my first day back at work in a while, I can say that I wish I was still on holidays. Not necessarily in Madrid, just off. I’ve been feeling quite crappy for the past week or so (closer to two weeks now), and I’m quite fed up of being tired and down. Today, I was chatting with a friend at work and I told him that I’m a bit fed up with the universe. I’ll admit that it’s a bit of an exaggeration, but it’s an honest one. Universe, give me a damn break, please! If I think it rationally, it’s very true that I’m not suffering from starvation (no matter how hungry I’m feeling right now, which is a lot, I know it’s not a real issue), that I have a roof above my head (even if it’s mouldy in places), and …

Detail on decoration for carrot cake by Marta Nava

Carrot Cake

If I remember correctly, I never shared with you the photos and recipe for the carrot cake I made a while ago. Today I’m going to right that wrong. Sean’s mum invited me for dinner at her place before Christmas. I had only been there once, and I had had a lot of fun in their company, and the dinner was amazing, so I couldn’t wait to visit her again. Since I didn’t want to arrive empty handed (especially since the previous time I had brought a bottle of wine that Sean and I had finished), I baked a carrot cake to bring it there. The only issue is that I want to share with all of you everything I bake, which means sometimes I bring cakes that have been already cut into, so I can have photos taken in the best lighting possible (I do realise sometimes the photos I take don’t have great lighting anyway, but you know what I mean). In any case, I brought the cake, and oh my, it was …

Detail of top of piƱata cake

Wedding-ish cake

As you know, I’ve been focused on baking for the second half of last year, doing anything from cookies, to cakes, to trying out muffins (and failing). When I baked the Chocolate & Caramel Ombre Cake, one of my friends asked me to bake her wedding cake. Obviously, I assumed this to be a joke, and replied that I would bake her a cake to celebrate her recent union, but that I didn’t want the responsibility of baking the only cake for her wedding. I loved that she asked, and I am thankful for the honour, but I would have panicked and made a mess of it. I perform well under pressure, just not that well. For a while, I’ve been obsessed with Surprise Inside Cakes, which I first saw in i am baker, Amanda Rettke’s blog. I saw that she had a book about it, and I asked Santa for it this past Christmas. While Santa decided whether I had been a good girl this year, and whether I deserved my present, I decided …

Melted chocolate over cake

Chocolate & Caramel Ombre Cake

Let me start by saying that my recent obsession with baking cakes is, well, recent. I’ve never really baked. My mum didn’t love it when I was growing up. She would say it was too much effort for just a few minutes that the cakes would last, which is quite true. This isn’t to say that it was my mum’s fault. No, that’s not what I’m saying. I remember one day we baked a Tyrolean cake (or something like that, I’ve just translated literally from Spanish). I don’t remember what it had… Some ground almonds, and some spirits… It took us ages to bake it, and sure enough, it was gone pretty fast. We used to cook an orange spongecake, which took like five minutes to mix, and then maybe half an hour in the oven. That was easy enough to be cooked frequently. Anyway, for a couple of years now, I’ve tried baking bread with more or less success. I’ve also tried to bake several banana bread loaves, and even attempted to bake croissants …