Piña Colada Birthday Cake

Happy weekend everyone!! I am happy to share my Birthday Cake with you all! The traditional flavors that go in the famous tropical drink are nicely incorporated in this recipe. This was the first time I made dried pineapple flowers. Besides looking gorgeous they are also quite yummy!

Piña Colada Birthday Cake

Ingredients:

  • 6 large eggs, seperated, egg yolk at room temperature and egg whites cold,
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1 cup spelt flour
  • 1 tsp almond extract

For the Filling:

  • 500 ml whipping cream, 35%, chilled
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1/2 cup coconut flavored Rum like Bacardi or Malibu
  • 1 cup finely cut pineapple pieces

-Line 3 9-inch baking forms with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 350 F.

-Seperate egg whites from yolks. Add a pinch of salt and baking powder and start whisking until stiff peaks form. Add honey and whisk just until well combined.

-Whisk egg yolks with the almond extract until foamy. Mix in the flour and shredded coconut. Carefully fold in the whipped whites, just until well combined.

-Pour batter into prepared baking forms. Bake in preheated oven for about 30 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool completely.

For the Filling:

– In a large bowl whisk the whipping cream until almost stiff, add the vanilla extract and honey then keep whisking until stiff peaks form. Fold in the shredded coconut.

How to assemble the cake:

– Place one cake layer onto a serving plate, brush top evenly with Rum. Spread evenly with about 1/3 cup of whipping cream. Then sprinkle 1/2 cup of pineapple pieces evenly on top. Place second cake layer on top and repeat with Rum, whipping cream and pineapple pieces. Add the third cake layer and brush with some Rum then cover the whole cake with the remaining whipping cream. Refrigerate until ready to se serve. Decorate with pineapple flowers.

How to make the dried pineapple flowers:

– Preheat oven to 200 F. Cut off the outside shell, and do not remove the core. With a sharp knife or mandolin cut about half of the pineapple into thin slices. Use paper towel to dry the slices and removing as much moisture as possible. I used a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Place pineapple slices on the prepared sheet and place in the oven for 2 – 3 hours or until fully dried and edges are crisp. While still warm place each pineapple slice into the inside of a muffin tin to create the shape of a flower. Allow the pineapple flowers to completely dry. Decorate the cake with as many flowers as desired.

I hope you give it a try!

Ursula

xox

Walnut Pie Bars

We’ve had a few very warm days here, it was too hot inside to turn the stove on! I was happy it cooled down a bit so I was able to bake these Walnut Pie Bars! These bars were so yummy, similar to pecan pie but maybe even a bit better! Sweetened with coconut sugar and maple syrup to make it a tiny bit healthier. If you like pecan pie you will definitely love these Walnut Pie Bars!!!

Walnut Pie Bars

For the bottom layer:

  • 1 3/4 cups spelt flour
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 3/4 cup cold butter

For the walnut layer:

  • 2/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 cup spelt flour
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 maple syrup
  • 2 cups roughly chopped walnuts

-Line a 9×13 baking pan with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 350 F.

-Mix the flour with the honey and the butter until it resembles fine crumbs. You can also use a food processor if you prefer.

-Press the crumb mixture evenly into the prepared baking pan. Bake in preheated oven for about 20 minutes or until the edges are starting to brown. Remove from oven and pour on walnut topping while still hot.

For the walnut topping:

-Mix together the flour and sugar well. Whisk in the Maple syrup, eggs, vanilla extract and salt. Let stand while bottom layer prebakes, stirring it occasionally.

-Mix in the walnuts and pour over the still hot prebaked bottom layer. Return the pan to the oven and bake for about 45 minutes, until filling is set.

-Let cool to room temperature, then place in the refrigerator for several hours before cutting into bars or squares.

Enjoy!

Ursula

xox

Date Crumble Squares

These date squares are absolutely scrumptious! I love the simple but so delicious date filling, the crumbles are made with lots of healthy oats and is sweetened with maple syrup. While these squares were baking, it filled the kitchen with comforting smells of vanilla and cinnamon!

Date Crumble Squares

For the filling:

  • 30 Medjool dates, pitted and cut into small pieces
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup orange juice

For the Crumbles:

  • 3 cups oats
  • 1/4 spelt flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/3 olive oil or coconut oil
  • 1 egg

-Line a 9 x 9-inch baking form with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 350 F.

-For the filling, combine dates, orange juice and cinnamon in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer on low heat, stir and simmer for about 5 minutes, then remove from heat to cool down a bit while preparing crumbles.

-For the crumbles whisk together the egg, oil and maple syrup. Add the oats, flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and vanilla extract and stir until well combined.

-Press half of the crumbles into the bottom of the prepared baking form. Spread date filling evenly over base and top with remaining crumbles.

-Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes. The top crumbles will be golden brown.

-Let cool before cutting into squares.

Happy Weekend!

Ursula

xo

Maple Dark Chocolate Marble Cake

I hope you all had a great first week of spring! The warmer weather had us go outside a bit more than during the colder month and we finally have the first spring flowers blooming!

I really like recipes that are easy and quick to whip up with ingredients you most likely have on hand already. This marble bundt cake is pretty and absolutely delicious, sweetened with maple syrup and using dark chocolate. A slice of this Marble Cake definitely works for every season!

Maple Dark Chocolate Marble Cake

Ingredients:

  • 250 g butter, soft
  • 200 ml maple syrup, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 5 eggs, at room temperature
  • 300 g white spelt flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 150 g dark chocolate, melted with 2 tbsp of milk

-Butter and flour a 2 liter bundt form. Preheat oven to 350 F.

-Whisk together the butter and maple syrup. Add the eggs one at a time. Add the vanilla extract and salt.

-Combine the flour and baking powder, sift into the wet ingredients, stir until well combined. Pour half of the batter into the bundt form.

-Add the melted chocolate into the remaining batter and mix until combined. Pour into bundt form and with a knife or spoon swirl it all around to create that marble effect.

-Bake in preheated oven for about 45 minutes or until tester inserted into centre of cake comes out clean. Let cool completely before removing from baking form.

Enjoy!

Ursula

Cinnamon Loaf Cake

Easy Cinnamon Loaf Cake is the perfect treat to go with your afternoon cup of coffee or tea! It’s a moist, soft and wonderful tasting loaf cake!

Cinnamon Loaf Cake

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 butter, soft
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup creamed honey
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup unsweetened cashew or coconut milk, at room temperature
  • 2 cups white spelt flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar

-Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a 30 cm loaf pan with parchment paper.

-Whisk together the butter, eggs, honey, salt and vanilla. Whisk in the milk. Combine the flour and baking powder, stir into the wet ingredients until well combined.

-Combine the coconut sugar and cinnamon.

-Pour half of the batter into the loaf pan, sprinkle the coconut sugar-cinnamon mix on top. Add the remaining batter. With a knife, cut through the batter to swirl a few times.

-Bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes or until tester inserted into centre of cake comes out clean.

Enjoy!

Ursula

Maple Nut Tart

We love using maple syrup as sweetener in baked goods. The combination of mixed nuts and maple syrup is especially delicious! If you like pecan pie, you will love this Maple Nut Tart!

Maple Nut Tart

Flaky Pastry

  • 2 cups white spelt flour
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup cold butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup ice-cold water

Maple Nut Filling

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 2 tbsp butter, melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup mixed coarsely chopped nuts

For the Pastry:

– In a medium bowl, combine flour, honey, salt and baking powder. Add the butter and mix with your hands until crumbly. Add water, a little at a time, mix only until well combined. Press dough into a flat disk, wrap in plastic wrap or wax paper and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

For the Maple Nut Filling:

– In a bowl whisk together the eggs, maple syrup, coconut sugar, melted butter and vanilla until well blended. Add the mixed nuts.

– Line the bottom of a 11-inch tart pan with parchment paper, butter the sides. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough out to fit into your tart pan.

– Pour the maple nut filling into pastry.

– Bake in preheated 375 F oven for about 40 minutes or until golden brown and filling is set.

– Let cool before removing from tart pan.

Enjoy!

Ursula

Orange Coffee Cake with Streusel Topping

There is nothing better than having a slice of coffee cake to go with your cup of coffee. I especially love the unique orange flavor in this cake by using fresh slices of oranges and then topped with cinnamon almond Streusel!

Orange Coffee Cake with Streusel Topping

  • 150 g butter, soft
  • 3 eggs
  • 120 g organic cane sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 100 ml cashew milk or milk of joice
  • 250 g white spelt flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder

For the Streusel:

  • 80 g white spelt flour
  • 60 g ground almonds
  • 60 g organic cane sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 50 g butter, cold, cut into small pieces
  • 3 – 4 oranges, cut into segments

-Line a 9×13 inch baking form with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 350 F.

-For the cake batter, whisk butter and sugar, add the eggs one at the time. Whisk in the salt, vanilla extract and milk. Add the flour and baking powder and mix until well combined. Fill into prepared baking dish.

-Place orange segments evenly on top of batter.

-For the Streusel, mix together the almonds, flour and cinnamon. Cut the butter into small pieces and add to the dry ingredients. With your fingers mix until crumbly.

-Put Streusel evenly on top of oranges.

-Bake in preheated oven for about 50 minutes or until golden brown and tester inserted into centre of cake comes out clean.

-Let cool a bit before cutting into squares.

Happy weekend!

Ursula

Banana Chocolate & Peanut Butter Crumble Cake

This crumble cake was amazing! Banana combined with chocolate and peanut butter is just so delicious, plus anything with crumbles is a win here, you’ll definitely have to give it a try!!!

Banana Chocolate & Peanut Butter Crumble Cake

For the Cake:

  • 1 cup white spelt flour
  • 1/4 cup organic cane sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cashew milk, or milk of choice, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup butter, soft
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

For the Filling:

  • 2 medium ripe bananas
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate chopped into small pieces or chocolate chips

For the Crumbles:

  • 1 1/4 cup oats
  • 1/3 cup organic cane sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 butter, soft

-Grease a 8×8 inch baking dish, or line it with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 350 F.

For the Cake, mix together the flour, baking powder and the salt, set aside. In a separate bowl whisk together the butter with the sugar, add the egg. Mix in the vanilla and the milk. Add the flour and stir until well combined. Fill into prepared baking dish.

For the Filling, cut the banana into thin rounds. Pour the lemon juice on top and stir. Place the bananas evenly over top of cake batter.

-Sprinkle the chocolate on top. With a spoon drizzle the peanut butter on top.

For the Crumbles, combine all ingredients and with a fork mix together until crumbly. Sprinkle evenly over the banana, chocolate and peanut butter filling.

-Bake in preheated oven for about 40 minutes or until tester inserted into centre of cake comes out clean.

– Let cool completely before cutting into squares.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Ursula

xo

Vegan Cinnamon Pecan Babka

There is something so comforting about the smell of baked nuts and cinnamon, fresh out of the oven!

We made this babka with ingredients we already had at home, it turned out so delicious! Perfect for a wintry afternoon treat, especially during lockdown.

Vegan Cinnamon Pecan Babka

Ingredients:

  • 300 g white spelt flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp instant dry yeast
  • 60 ml olive oil or coconut oil
  • 120 ml plant based milk, I used unsweetened cashew milk
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp honey

Filling:

  • 150 g ground pecans
  • 4 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 3 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 – 6 tbsp plant based milk, I used unsweetened cashew milk
  • 3 tbsp apricot or apple jelly

-Line a 35 cm loaf pan with parchment paper.

-Combine spelt flour, salt and instant quick yeast. In a small saucepan or in the microwave, combine the milk, oil and honey, heat it up over low heat, do not let it come to a boil, it only has to be lukewarm.

-Add the milk, honey and oil mix to the dry ingredients, mix well and knead dough on a lightly floured surface until you have a smooth ball of dough.

-Lightly grease a large bowl with a bit of olive oil, place the dough in the bowl and cover with plastic wrap or a clean dish towel. Let rise until doubled in size, for about an hour.

-In the meantime, mix all ingredients, except jelly, for the filling, adding enough milk to make a moist mixture.

-On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out into a rectangle, spread the jelly on top, then spread the filling evenly on top.

-Tightly roll up the dough to form a long log, cut in half lengthwise, then lay them side by side. Weave the pieces back and forth over each other, like braiding but with only two strands.

-Tuck into the prepared baking form, cover and let rise for another hour.

-Bake in preheated 350F oven for 45 minutes or until deep golden brown.

-Optional: glaze the still hot babka with a simple icing, using icing sugar and lemon juice.

Happy Weekend!

Enjoy!

Ursula

xo

Orange Bundt Cake

This bundt cake has such a lovely orange flavor, I’m definitely loving it! It’s another quick and easy recipe!!!

Happy Weekend everyone!

Orange Bundt Cake

Ingredients:

  • 125 g butter, soft
  • 125 g creamed honey
  • 2 large eggs
  • 200 g white spelt flour
  • 1,5 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 large oranges, zest, and juice of only 1 orange

-Butter well and flour a 1 liter bundt form. Preheat oven to 350 F.

– Whisk butter and honey until creamy then add the eggs one at a time.

-Add the orange zest and juice. Stir in flour, baking powder and salt until well combined.

– Fill into prepared bundt form and bake for about 40 minutes or until tester inserted into centre of cake comes out clean.

– Let cool completely before removing from baking form.

Optional: Dust with icing sugar or make a simple orange glaze, by mixing powdered sugar, orange juice and a bit of Cointreau.

I hope you will give it a try!

Enjoy!

Ursula