August 28, 2014

Vanilla bean cake




Autumn is definitely upon us. The days are getting shorter and the air is getting crisper. It's sunny. And it rains. Then 5 minutes later, it's sunny again.
Don't get me wrong, I absolutely adore autumn, it's probably my favorite time of the year (ok, I think I say that about all seasons).
I feel more inspired and full of energy than ever, and I can finally wear my favorite clothes again. Yes, I wear clothes during summer too, but way to little for my taste. I always feel like I lose my sense of style (the little that I have..) when it's too hot outside.
In fact, I feel so inspired and have so many ideas that in the end, nothing gets done. Almost. Or maybe it's in my head because people around me tell me "But, you get SO much done" and I just shrug my shoulders.. I run around, doing a little bit of this and a little bit of that.
I'm wondering, are there any freelancers reading this? How are you coping with time management?  I'm completely clueless so hit me up with your best tips please!

I actually surprised myself when I took these photos because they are so very summery, and my mood is set to autumn. I guess it's still summer though, after all, it's only August.










Vanilla bean cake
Makes one 6 inch cake / Serves 6-8

Recipes from my book Lomelinos tårtor


Ingredients
Cake
50 g (1/2 stick) butter
3 large eggs
1 cup (225 g) granulated sugar
1/2 tsp pure vanilla powder (or seeds from 1 vanilla bean)
1/3 cup + 1 1/2 tbsp milk
1 1/4 cups (180 g) all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt

Vanilla buttercream frosting
300 g butter, softened
1 1/2 - 2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 tsp pure vanilla powder (or seeds from 1/2 vanilla bean) or 1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
pink food coloring, if desired


Directions
Cake
1. Heat oven to 175°C (350F).
2. Butter and flour two 6 inch (15 cm) cake pans.
3. Melt the butter and let it cool.
4. Whip eggs, sugar and vanilla until very light and fluffy, about 5-7 minutes. Heat the milk until lukewarm and add to the egg mixture. Whisk in the melted butter.
5. Mix together flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl. Add dry mixture to the batter and stir until smooth.
6. Divide the batter between the two prepared pans.
7. Bake for 28-30 minutes, then let the cakes cool for 10 minutes in their pans before inverting them onto a cooling rack. Let cakes cool completely.


Frosting
1. Beat butter until smooth.
2. Add powdered sugar and beat until very fluffy and pale, about 3-4 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl every now and then.
3. Add vanilla and cream and whip for 30-60 seconds or until cream is fully incorporated.
4. If the frosting is full of air bubbles (because this frosting is fluffy!), stir with a spatula until smooth.


Assembly
1. Divide both cakes in half so you have four layers.
2. Put the first layer on a cake stand or serving platter. Spread about 1/4 cup of frosting on the first layer.
3. Repeat step 2 until you've used up all layers.
4. Spread a very thin layer of frosting all over the cake. Put cake in the fridge for 15 minutes.
5. Divide remaining frosting between two bowls and color into two different shades of pink if desired.
6. Spread a thick layer (alternating between the two colors of frosting) all over the cake, then use a large offset spatula two make patterns.
7. Store cake in the fridge (because of the cream) and bring to room temperature before eating.
8. Decorate with edible clover flowers.

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August 19, 2014

Black Forest gâteau



I'm a huge fan of boozy desserts and this cake is no exception. I must say it's one of my all time favorites.
When I made some research for my first book, I realized that the Swedish Schwarzwald cake I had been eating all my life was something completely different than the German Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte (also known as the Black Forest cake/gâteau). The Swedish Schwarzwald cake consists of hazelnut meringue layers, whipped cream and chocolate and is of course also one of my favorites. Definitely something for a future blogpost.

Anyway, this is my version of the Black forest cake. Wait, let's call it gâteau instead. Black forest gâteau. Sounds so much fancier. It consists of three fluffy layers of chocolate cake drenched in kirsch syrup, mascarpone frosting, cherries in kirsch, shaved chocolate, chocolate ganache and fresh cherries. I think that's all. Phew.

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August 14, 2014

Strawberry peach popsicles with coconut milk




These popsicles have been lingering in my freezer for weeks now.
I've been waiting for the perfect timing to take pictures and the perfect idea on how to style them, but apparently that time and that idea never came (and I was sick of waiting and wanted to eat them too of course).
Oh well. That happens sometimes, and when that happens I think it's best to keep things simple. Crooked popsicle sticks and all.

The best thing about photographing popsicles is that you get to eat all of them. So now I've eaten three to make up for all the waiting. Yes, that's right. I'll probably eat the fourth one very soon.

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August 8, 2014

Blackberry galette



I decided to go to my friend Lina's parents place yesterday to pick some blackberries and hang out with her and her family. I've known them for 13 years now. Still going strong. It feels like there is always a celebration going on when I'm there (not because of me, of course..). I like that.
I brought pie dough so we could make a galette, because I knew there would be berries to pick. Lots and lots of ripe blackberries. It's always a challenge to bake at someone else's place because you never know what ingredients they have on hand. I always have sugar, flour, butter, eggs, milk.. yeah, you get the idea. But not all people do. You don't "know" the oven like your own and you have no idea what kitchen tools they have. And I didn't bring any props, because I really didn't plan to make a blogpost. This galette is pretty great on its own and there is really no need for fancy props here.

This galette has just the right amount of sweetness, so you can easily sneak in a scoop of vanilla ice cream if you want to. Or two, or even three..

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August 2, 2014

Strawberry cream roll and a blog anniversary



So, Call me cupcake turned 5 about one week ago and I didn't celebrate.
5 years.
FIVE years of blogging!
Who would have thought? I have no trouble starting new projects but I definitely have a hard time finishing them. I'm just really, really happy that I didn't quit.
I often think about what my life would look like today had I never started this blog. But I will never know. I think about these things way too much.

I got these very dark, imperfect (but still beautiful) red strawberries the other day. They are probably the best strawberries I've had all summer. And I've had a LOT! I wanted to do these gorgeous strawberries justice so last night, I decided to celebrate Call me cupcake a little bit by making one of the easiest cakes I could think of, the "rulltårta". Or the swiss roll, cream roll or whatever you prefer to call them. Imagine a thin layer of cake, paired with sweetened whipped cream, a hint of vanilla and lemon and the most perfect strawberries and you have this cake.

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July 23, 2014

Gluten free red currant crumble & red currant poppy seed muffins



I never know what to do with my red currants and I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one. My mom would say "make cordial" or "make jam or jelly!" as if there were no other options. My mom's red currant jelly is on the other hand one of the things I remember most about my childhood. How it was my favorite and how I could eat it straight from the jar. A few weeks ago I visited her and brought pie and she gave me a glass of her red currant cordial (which you can see here). The color was mesmerizing.



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July 17, 2014

Easy stone fruit tarts




I'm trying to take some time off "work" at the moment. The reason I'm using quotation marks is because it doesn't really feel like work for me. However, I do need to find a slower pace for a little while. Summer is definitely the time to try and slow things down a bit, even though it stresses me out sometimes. I feel like I should be doing something all the time. Preferably something fun. I guess there's no harm in that, but you can't have fun every minute of every day. Therefore I find it a little calming when it rains every now and then. Gives me some time to relax.


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July 8, 2014

Peach bundt cake with lemon glaze and lavender





I think the weather changed about 10 times during the short time in which I shot these photos. Rain, thunder, sun - repeat. It's been like that lately. You don't know if there's going to be a thunderstorm or no clouds in sight. I decided to stay inside today and bake this cake. My mind was set on a thunderstorm and peach popsicles but somewhere along the way I changed my mind and decided to bake a bundt cake instead.
Peaches always make me think of Seinfeld. You know the episode where Kramer and Newman buy Mackinaw peaches (which apparently don't really exist) from Oregon, and they are only ripe for two weeks every year. Kramer looses his sense of taste so he can't taste the peaches. How frustrating.
Luckily, I can taste these peaches. They "make the taste buds come alive" as Kramer says. True.
I hate making a mess so I either eat them over the sink or cut them into little pieces and eat them with a fork.

I decided to pair this bundt with vanilla, lemon glaze and lavender.

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July 2, 2014

The best berry pie



There is nothing more satisfying than when you succeed with pie. Pie makes me happy. This pie is the quintessence of summer with lots and lots of raspberries, strawberries and blueberries. Perfect to serve with a scoop, or two, of vanilla ice cream.

I don't know if it's just me, but I kind of feel like a criminal when I'm shooting outside. I almost try and hide as much as possible because I feel like people are staring at me. When I shot these images a father and his two sons were walking by. I overheard his kids asking him "WHAT is she doing??". They're were on their way towards me to see what I was up to when he stopped them.
I smiled. Children's honesty and curiosity is really refreshing. Instead of just wondering what I was up too, they were on their way to see what I was doing, without prejudice.

I'm a little sad I didn't bring company and a blanket for my photo shoot as this beautiful spot would have been so perfect for a picnic. A pie picnic.


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June 23, 2014

Herbal and floral ice cubes




Some time during spring and I tend to stock up on lots and lots of fresh herbs just because they smell lovely and make my kitchen look so much better (and they make food taste better too, of course). I usually go for the biggest plants I can find which means I rarely use up all of the herbs. A great way to preserve the fresh herbs is to freeze them. Now, these herbal and floral ice cubes are more for decoration, to make your summer drink taste and look a little bit better (I mean imagine using ice cubes with mint in a mojito, or just plain water). If you want to preserve herbs for cooking, you can chop them finely, put them in an ice cube tray and fill with a little bit of water or even olive oil then you just throw them in the food you're making. Simple as that! If you're using flowers for your ice cubes - absolutely make sure they are edible and that they haven't been treated with any chemicals first. The flowers I've here used are bellflowers (campanula). There are many kinds of bellflowers and I cannot guarantee that all kinds are edible (I find lots of info on edible campanulas in Swedish, but very little on the subject in English). If you're feeling insecure you can always use rose petals, lavender, lilacs or elderflowers instead. As with all flowers, I suggest eating only small amounts to be on the safe side.

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