Haselnusstorte / Hazelnut Cake

Hello everyone! It was my husbands birthday yesterday and this Hazelnut cake was his birthday cake wish. The recipe is adapted from my 1982 Betty Bossi book, my usual go to for European style cakes. It has a rich hazelnut flavor, a little bit of rum, no butter and only a tiny bit of flour. The only heavy part of the cake is the whipped cream, I really like it, but have to admit I do not tolerate cream that well, I ended up having a stomach ache. That is why I mostly eat dairy free, I don’t seem to have a problem with butter and eat only once in a while some cheese…I used to eat a lot of cheese before!

My husband loved it! It is really delicious!


I’ve been busy looking after my son, he has been sick with a high fever since Sunday. Poor guy, he was only able to eat a tiny slice of the cake.


Prepare the cake at least 1 day ahead before cutting and adding the filling. I made the cake refined sugar free, feel free to use regular sugar. The recipe is only for 2 layers. I ended up baking another half of the recipe, you could also just double the recipe. I drizzled the bottom 2 layers with a little bit more rum before spreading the whipped cream.


Haselnusstorte/Hazelnut Cake


  • 220 g coconut sugar
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 1 tbsp rum
  • 6 egg whites
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 300 g ground hazelnuts
  • 1 tbsp all-purpose unbleached flour

-Line a 24 cm Springform pan with parchment paper, grease and flour the sides. Preheat oven to 180C.

-Whisk together egg yolks and sugar, add rum.

-Whip egg whites with the salt and baking powder until stiff peaks form. Add the honey and continue to whip for a little longer.

-Mix hazelnuts and flour, add to the egg yolk mix, alternating with egg whites, a little at the time, and gently fold under with a spatula. Pour into prepared form.

-Bake in preheated 180C for 20 minutes then reduce heat to 150C and bake for about 40 minutes, or toothpick inserted into middle comes out clean. Let cool completely. Let rest for 1-3 days before cutting and filling.


  • 200 ml 35% cream
  • 3 tbsp ground hazelnuts
  • 3 tbsp honey

-Whip cream until stiff peaks form, add the hazelnuts and honey, mix well. Fill and decorate cake as desired.

-Store in refrigerator.





Wishing you all a lovely week!




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If you’ve been following me for a while you might remember my Linzertorte aux amandes . While this is such a delightful cake you just have to try a traditional Linzertorte. A nut-crust filled with red currant or raspberry jam. It gets its name from the Austrian city of Linz and is believed to be the oldest cake in the world, with recipes dating back to 1653.

While traditionally it is covered with a lattice top, I decorated it Valentines Day style!


A few days ago I was HAPPILY surprised to see that I got a small feature in the Canadian Living magazine!! I couldn’t believe it, I am so happy. I only have a small blog and Instagram, I am not a professional baker and do not make professional pictures, but I’m having fun and it makes me happy when I get so many lovely comments and likes! Last fall I’ve made their Caramel Apple Sticky Buns and tagged them on Instagram. Well now they are actually showing my picture in the current issue, they are so awesome!






These are little tarts I’ve made last year. Picture is before baking. The dough is lighter in color because I used blanched almonds.


The recipe is slightly adapted from Betty Bossi’s: Kuchen Cakes and Torten




  • 150 g butter, soft
  • 100 g coconut sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 tsp cloves, ground
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 150 g ground hazelnuts, or almonds unblanched
  • 150 g unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 200 g red currant or raspberry jam

-Stir together the butter, sugar and salt, add the egg and the spices. Mix in the hazelnuts or almonds and flour until well combined. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

-Grease a 22 cm Springform or pie/tart form (with removable bottom would be great but not necessary). Roll out 1/3 of the dough directly on the base of the Springform. Take another 1/3 and form the sides. Fill with the jam. Decorate with remaining dough; lattice, hearts…

-Brush with an egg-white. ( I did not do that)

-Bake in preheated 350F/180C oven for about 40 minutes. You might have to cover it with aluminum foil to prevent from getting to dark. Let cool completely.

-You can decorate it with sliced almonds and icing sugar if desired.

-The original recipe calls for 150 g sugar.




Happy Weekend!



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Almond Cake

It’s been a bit of a crazy week, so glad it’s the weekend! High School mid-term exams are done, my kids had their last test on Wednesday and were able to enjoy two extra days off. My daughter and I also started looking for prom dresses. Can’t believe she will be done with High School this summer.

February greeted us with winter weather…the return of cold temperatures and snow.



I’ve made this yummy Almond Cake a few days ago. Adapted from a Betty Bossi Almond Cake recipe. I sweetened it with coconut sugar and used Spelt flour. I am really happy with the outcome, it was so delicious and gone in a short time;)



Almond Cake


  • 175 g butter, soft
  • 200 g coconut sugar
  • 8 egg whites
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 120 g spelt flour
  • 175 g ground almonds

-Prepare a 24 cm Springform. Cover the base with parchment paper, grease and flour the sides.

-Preheat oven to 180C/375F.

-In a mixing bowl whisk together the butter and sugar. In a separate bowl whisk egg whites, salt and baking powder until stiff peaks form.

-Add the egg whites, flour and almonds, a little at the time, to the butter mixture and gently fold under until all ingredients are combined.

-Fill into prepared Springform pan and bake for 40 minutes, or until tester inserted comes out clean.

Tip: You could use hazelnuts instead of the almonds.

-As always feel free to use regular sugar and white flour. The coconut sugar gave it a light caramel flavor.



Wishing everyone a wonderful Weekend!

Happy February!




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Alsatian Kugelhopf/Elsaesser Gugelhopf

Happy Friday!

I was thinking of making a Gugelhopf for quiet a while, one with a yeast dough and only raisins in it. I used the recipe for a Alsatian Kugelhopf from my Betty Bossi’s Backstube book. Even though Gugelhopf has its origin in Austria, this seems to be a very traditional cake in Alsace, France. One small village even has a festival each summer to celebrate the Kugelhopf:)




I slightly adapted the recipe, using instant yeast, because I can not find fresh yeast here. And I sweetened it with honey.




Alsatian Kugelhopf / Elsaesser Gugelhopf


  • 500 g unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp instant yeast
  • 120 g honey or sugar
  • 180 ml milk (200 ml if using sugar)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 200 g butter, soft, cut in small pieces
  • 2 eggs
  • 125 g raisins
  • 2 tbsp Rum or Kirsch

-In a small bowl, mix together the raisins and the Rum. Set aside.

-In a large bowl mix together the flour, yeast and salt.

-In a small saucepan heat up the milk on medium/low heat, do not boil. Remove from heat. Stir in the honey. Making sure the milk is only lukewarm before adding to the flour. Add the butter. Whisk the eggs before adding to the flour mixture. Knead until soft dough forms.

-Cover and let rise at room temperature until doubled in size, for about an hour.

-Grease and flour a 2 l bundt/Gugelhopf form.

-Incorporate the raisins, knead the dough again, then fill into the prepared bundt form. Let rise again. The dough should “spill” slightly over the top.

-Bake in a 350F/180C preheated oven for about 45 minutes. Let cool before taking out of form.

-Dust with icing sugar.

-Serve freshly baked, but also tastes amazing the following days!




This would make a perfect treat for Sunday brunch or afternoon tea!

Enjoy! Have a wonderful weekend!




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Cheesecake with Apples and Streusel / Quarkkuchen mit Streusel

In Switzerland you traditionally make a cheesecake using Quark not cream cheese. That is the only way I knew it. The first time I had a New York style cheesecake was when I came to Canada, I did not really like it back then, I found it very “cheese” tasting;) But as with many things, you get used to new flavors and tastes and you start loving it.

I don’t eat so much dairy anymore, also my husband and kids have some problems with dairy, that’s why I haven’t made this in a long time. It’s a recipe from my 1982 Betty Bossi book: Kuchen, Cakes and Torten


This is a very rich, delicious cake. Tastes best after 2 -3 days.



Cheesecake with Apples and Streusel

Quarkkuchen mit Streusel

  • 250 g butter, soft
  • 125 g sugar
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 tbsp vanilla sugar or vanilla extract
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 375 g unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder

-Line the bottom of a Springform with parchment paper. Grease the sides.

-In a large bowl stir the butter. Add the sugar, salt and vanilla sugar. Add the egg yolks and mix until lighter in color.

– Mix the flour and baking powder and sift into the butter mixture. Stir until well combined. It will be a soft dough. Refrigerate for 1 hour.

-Take 1/4 of the dough, it will be used as the streusel, and set aside.

-Roll out half of the remaining dough directly on the Springform base. Close the form and use the rest of the dough to form the side crust, all the way to the top.

-Prick the bottom evenly with a fork and refrigerate for another 15 minutes.



  • 3 x 350 g Quark
  • 200-250 g sugar
  • 1 pk vanilla sugar or 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 lemon, zest and juice
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 egg whites
  • 50 g corn starch

-In a large bowl mix all ingredients together.

  • 2-3 apples, peeled and thinly sliced

-layer apples evenly onto prepared crust. Cover with the filling. It will be very full. Cover with streusel (crumble the remaining dough).

-I put the form onto a baking sheet, there was some liquid coming out while baking.

-Bake in preheated oven 350F/180C for about 85 minutes. You might have to cover it with aluminum foil to prevent to much browning. The filling might seem a bit wiggly still, but it will firm up while cooling. Let cool in form, before releasing.

-Dust with some icing sugar.

-Cover and keep in refrigerator for up to 5 days. Make the cake at least 1 day in advance, it will taste even better after a few days.





*Quark is available in larger grocery stores here in Canada. In 350 g cups. There is only the 0% fat available. If you are in Europe you can get different kinds, use a full fat and lower fat quark in the mix.

*I sweetened the whole cake with only honey, same amount as the sugar.


I hope you try this wonderful cake!

Wishing everyone a great weekend!














Sweet Almond Buns

Hi there, happy Wednesday!

I was planning on making my Almond Croissants, using up some almonds I have left from Christmas baking, and I like to try out some new recipes or just play with ingredients a little. For this recipe I used only white Spelt flour and used coconut oil instead of butter. The yeast dough turned out pretty nice, maybe a little to soft to work with. After rolling it out and spreading with the nut filling, it was a little tricky to roll it up and did not stay nicely in shape, thaaats when I had to improvise a little and just turned them into little knots/buns, lol:)


Anyways…they are delicious. The dairy-free yeast dough is really nice and soft.



Sweet Almond Buns

Sweet yeast dough and almond filling:

Please refer to the following link for recipe and instructions.

Almond Croissants

  • Using: 300 g white Spelt flour, instead of all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted, instead of butter

(I should mention again that I write down milk in my recipes but I usually use cashew, almond or coconut milk.)

-Once you rolled them into croissants, form them into little knots/buns.


These are dairy-free and refined sugar-free.







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Almond Coconut Birthday Cake

Happy weekend everyone!! This was a very special week for us; we celebrated our daughters 18th Birthday! I have to admit this comes with some mixed feelings and maybe a few secret tears:) Yes my babies are growing up, making me think back to when they were little, time goes by so fast indeed, but now I have a grown up daughter, and I am very proud of the young lady she’s become!

We share a love for all things coconut, usually my kids let me know what kind of cake they would like to have on their birthday, but this year they were both asking for a surprise:) I’ve made her a almond coconut cake with raw Raffaello truffles, you could of course use the real Raffaello truffles. I’ve made the cake refined-sugar free; almond coconut sponge filled with coconut whipped cream, so simple but so delicious!


If you love coconut you’ll love this cake!!



Almond Coconut (Raffaello) Cake

Almond Coconut Sponge

  • 6 large eggs, room temperature
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup honey or sugar
  • 1/2 cup almonds, ground
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup all-purpose unbleached flour
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 500 ml whipping cream, 35%, chilled
  • 1 tsp vanilla sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey or icing sugar
  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup canned coconut milk
  • 8 or more Ferrero Raffaello truffles, optional
  • lightly toasted shredded coconut, optional

-Grease and line a bottom and sides of a 9-inch (23 cm) pan with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 340F/170C.

-Separate egg whites from yolks. Add a pinch of salt to the whites and start mixing until foamy. Gradually add honey or sugar and continue whipping until stiff peaks form.

-Mix egg yolks with almond extract and fold into the whipped whites.

-Mix together ground almonds, coconut and flour then gradually and carefully incorporate into the whites.

-Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake for 40-45 minutes, until golden brown. Let cool for about 10-15 minutes. Remove from pan and cool completely on a rack.

For the whipped cream frosting:

-In a large bowl mix the whipping cream and the vanilla sugar. Whip until lightly/almost stiff then gradually add the honey or icing sugar, as sweet as you like it, continue whipping until stiff peaks form. Fold in the shredded coconut.

Assemble the cake:

-Divide the sponge cake into 3 layers. Place one layer on a serving plate. Spread 1/3 cup coconut milk over the cake. Spread evenly with a bit less then a third of the whipped cream. Top with second cake layer and repeat. Add the third layer of cake. Cover the top and sides of the cake with whipped cream, leaving it like that or get creative with piping rosettes and so on. Decorate with Raffaello truffles and toasted coconut. Refrigerate until ready to serve.



Tip: You could get fancy and drizzle some coconut liquor (Malibu) over the sponge layers:)




Happy 18th Birthday!




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