Monday, February 16, 2015

Gluten Free Coconut Chocolate Cake with Cream Cheese Ganache Filling and Coconut Whipped Cream

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I don't know  how long it's been since I made cake, but this is an extremely quick and delicious recipe for a gluten-free cake that you shouldn't miss. In general I don't like coconut, but the smell of the coconut flour is out of this world. I hope you enjoy this recipe!


For the cake
1/2 cup butter
4 oz semi-sweet chocolate
5 large eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup sifted coconut flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt

( 1/2 cup chocolate chips)

For the filling:
1/2 packet cream cheese
1 cup Nutella

For the topping:
fresh fruit ( in this case strawberries)
1 can of coconut milk
1/2 cup powdered sugar

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1. Chill the coconut milk in the can in the refrigerator overnight.
2. Preheat the oven to 350 F and melt the chocolate and butter together.
3. Sift the coconut flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt together.
4. In a mixer beat the eggs, the sugar and the vanilla.
5. Mix the dry and wet ingredients, then stir in the melted chocolate/butter mixture and fold in the chocolate chips , then pour into two 8 inch cake pans.
6. Bake on 350F for 30 min ( or until done).
7. Let the cake cool and prepare the filling and topping.

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* When you leave the cake in the fridge, the cream cheese ganache will thicken. My kids couldn't wait, so we cut it right away and you can tell the ganache is soft in the picture. But if you can wait, let it stay an hour or so before you cut. 

8. In a mixer bowl beat the cream cheese and Nutella. Spread it between the two layers.
9.Then open the coconut milk can and scoop only the creamy part. Save the water for something else. Beat the coconut milk until it resembles whipped cream.
10. Assemble the cake with the filling, spread the topping on top and add the fruit. You can use fruit glaze to preserve the fruit better.

Bon appetite!
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Friday, August 23, 2013

Mustache Cake with Push Pops

It's so funny that I am back with a post about Ellie's (my daughter) birthday cake.
Although this time it's not a cake...exactly.
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 When she announced her MUSTACHE birthday party theme I was ecstatic. I LOVED the idea of making her all kinds of arts and crafts ( which I did of course, you can check them out here) for her special day. But then we came to the cake problem. Hm...I have to admit, after so many years making so many different and elaborate cakes, we all felt kind of ...not very fascinated ( to put it mildly) with the idea of another cake. Maybe that's why my husband chose for me to make him a banana cream pie for his birthday, instead of a cake. In any case, we wanted something with a bit of "PIZZAZZ".  Did I mention that we are going to have 13 kids, not like we originally planned 8?  Our house is small and that many kids with cake...not a good idea in my book. So, I remembered from my Coccadotts days that Push-Pops are containing the mess of  cake eating very well, and I decided to go for it.

I ordered Cake Push Pop Containers with Lids - 25 ct from Amazon and while I was at it, I decided that there is no way I am baking sheets of cake and cutting it; therefore, I bough the Wilton Nonstick 12-Cavity Whoopie Pie Pan, which fits the Push Pop containers perfectly by the way.

Then I realized I had a problem. Ellie, my daughter, wanted cake out of push pops. She was imagining blowing the candle on a cake and all, but still having the push pops. While I love her dearly, there was absolutely no possible way, I would bake a cake AND make the push pops. So, crafty mom at work mode worked out very well when I saw the Wilton 1512-0719 2-Tier Treat Pops Stand. I just new that no matter it's made out of cardboard and it looks sort of...uncouth, I can totally make it work.
This is how it looked like before:
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Trust me, this is after I glued it with a hot glue gun and made it stable.
I found a pink box to glue on top that was the perfect height to glue the candle later.
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Not bad, huh?

I was hoping to have a video on how I decorated it, but I already mentioned my video camera kind-of-sort-of died, so until I can fix the old one or until I find a job that will pay for a new one, I'll have to stick with pictures, sorry.
So, where was I? Oh, yes, the tulle. Did I mention that my daughter has 234495857 tutus that I made for her a couple of years back?I love that kind of stuff and the idea to "dress up" the push pop stand in a tutu, well...just kind of popped up in my head.
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This is how the magic happens. I love, love, love working in my new studio and I am so glad I finally have the time to do it.
This is how the stand looked like after I was done embellishing it with the glue gun, paper and flowers.
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Now, you would notice the tiny mustaches that are on the push pops. These are fingerstache tattoos from Oriental Trading. I was lucky enough to catch them when they had black only. Initially I was thinking of attaching paper mustaches to each push pop, but I kind of had the feeling that will be a problem, when the kids start eating them. So, I used the tattoos, same way you would do it on your hand- with water. Would it stay forever? I doubt it, but at least until the party is over they will be OK I think.

This is the final shot with the candle on top. Today I am supposed to fill them up with the tiny brownies I made, cream cheese icing and fresh strawberries. YUM!!!
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I am kind of feeling a bit nervous not to smudge the mustaches on the front, but I'll have to make it work.

As it turned out the tattoos held pretty well. Here is the already filled cake:
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If you are interested how I made some of the decorations you see on the back, you can check out  my 'Stache Bash Extravaganza post in the Arts and Crafts section. There are going to be some FREEBIES too. ;-)
Gosh, I missed blogging...Sorry for the long post. :-)
Ta-ta for now,

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Polka dots cake in black, white and yellow

To me, there is cute...and there is Ellie cute.
I absolutely adore the way she has a very clear idea of what she wants, with no hesitation and drama. I often joke that she is such a low maintenance kid, but it is true. She very rarely asks for things but when she does, she is very particular. However, when she asked for "fashionable pool party", naturally I had concerns. In general, "fashionable" and "pool party" don't go well together in my vocabulary, but Ellie assured me it will be "spectacular". If there is one thing that I was sure of it's that if there is one person that can pull that off, it's definitely Ellie.

So, we began with the preparations. In Bulgaria we have a saying that sometimes you buy a button and then sew a coat to match it, in the case of Ellie's B-day party it was quite similar.

We got the dress first
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 and then coordinated everything to it:

- The invitations
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- The cake 
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- The table
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Believe it or not these napkins were chosen from 3 different kinds of black napkins with white dots " because they are the right size". ( eye roll here)

- The balloons
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It was a beautiful summer day, a fantastically fun pool party, and our amazing girl turned 6 just like that. 
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Happy birthday, my little sunshine! 
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Sunday, August 19, 2012

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Cake

It is funny how sometimes I have trouble deciding on the design of a cake for a particular person. Sometimes I would come up with a design that is nice, but still I don't feel like it has that "wow" factor. Other times, I just know exactly what I want and how I'm going to make the cake, and it feels just perfect for the person ( and the occasion) . The moment we decided against an ice cream cake I knew exactly what I'll make for my husband, Alex.
If you have followed my blog, you know all of the cakes I've made for him in the past  5 years and how he always decides to be on a diet exactly around that time, making it difficult to come up with ideas of "guilt-free" cakes. Well, it was a challenge, but I have always, always pulled it off , even when he was fasting. What can I say, I'm pretty creative :-)

This year though, I made him the ultimate cake- a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu cake. His competition is in a couple of weeks and we are so very excited. Since I started training with him I think I'll be better at shouting tips from the sidelines while he is on the mat or simply freak out his opponents by speaking Bulgarian even if I have no idea what he is supposed to do to get out of a choke or something.Worst comes to worst, I can always help him choke them out ;-P

So, because he won his gold medal at the last competition with an armbar, the cake had to reflect that.
Behold, the Armbar Jiu Jitsu cake ( or as his Mr. Armbar T-shirt states-"Submission with a slight bend in the elbow" )





Not everyone is as lucky as I am, to be married to their best friend, going through hell together and still surviving whatever comes along. Alex, you are my rock, my love, my everything! Happy Birthday, baby!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Chess B-day Cake

I have always wanted to make a chess cake and I am glad my son decided to have one for his birthday. One thing I decided to make a little  bit differently than usual is the way I molded the chess pieces. I would have made them out of fondant, but then I decided to use chocolate, because I thought the kids would enjoy the taste better. Not to mention that white chocolate is the perfect ivory color for a chess piece.

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The kids had a blast and the b-day boy was so excited to share his edible chess pieces with his friends.
Happy 9th Birthday, Kalin!


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