July 24, 2013

Call me cupcake turns four!



4 years.
FOUR years of blogging.
Can you believe it? I know I can't.
By the way, I looked back on all of CMCs birthday posts and realized I have been celebrating the wrong day all along. How ironic. July 24th is the correct date, not the 27th or 26th!

But it's that time of year again. Time to reminisce and to be thankful that I made the decision to start this blog.
"Why did you start blogging/baking?" is one of the questions I get asked the most, and I'm not sure I've ever mentioned it here before.
My writing isn't very good you see. Or it's not that it's bad (English isn't my first language), I've just been neglecting it. A lot.
Anyway..
The thing is I'm still not sure why I started baking or blogging. Before CMC, I baked three times a year. Tops! For real. And usually the same recipe every time. So I never really know what to answer when someone asks me. People expect to hear "I used to bake with my grandmother when I was a kid" or something like that, but I can't really say that because it wouldn't be true.


Happy birthday Call me cupcake! You are one of the best choices I've ever made. My life has changed so much because of you (am I seriously talking to myself here?).
What better way to celebrate than with ice cream cake?! I kind of cheated and bought ice cream instead of making my own, but go ahead and make your own if you're up for it. And I must say, this is one of the yummiest ice cream cakes I've had! I love the combination of ice cream, berries, pistachios and meringue.

So here's to you CMC!

On another note, sorry for sucking at answering your sweet sweet comments and e-mails. You should know that they make me so happy and that I try to read them all.





Vanilla ice cream cake with raspberries, pistachios, meringue drops and raspberry sauce

Raspberry sauce
150 g frozen berries
50 ml (0.2 cups) sugar

Ice cream cake
1 1/2 litre good quality vanilla ice cream, softened
50 g pistachio kernels, coarsely chopped
125 g raspberries
250 ml / 1 cup meringue drops

For decoration:
Extra raspberries
Extra meringue drops
Chopped pistachios


 

Raspberry sauce
Let berries and sugar come to a boil in a sauce pan. Mash berries carefully with a fork and let simmer for a couple of minutes, then let cool for a while. Press mixture through a sieve. Store in fridge.

Ice cream cake
Line a 1 1/2 liter capacity bowl with plastic wrap (let the plastic wrap hang over the edge).
Put the softened ice cream in a larger bowl and fold down pistachios, raspberries and 1 dl (0.4 cup) of the meringue drops. Pour mixture into prepared bowl and spread out remaining meringue drops on top of ice cream to create a meringue layer. Put bowl in the freezer,  covering the top with the overhang of plastic wrap. Freeze for 6 hours or overnight.
Put a plate in the freezer to chill. Turn out the cake on top of it, removing the plastic wrap. Put back in the freezer until firm, about 20 minutes. Decorate with raspberries, pistachios, meringue drops and raspberry sauce.


54 comments:

  1. Happy Anniversary Linda! And thank you for making my culinary world more beautiful :)
    All the best from Poland. xxx

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  2. Congratulations Linda!!!! Such a great milestone :) I recently crossed the feeling of fullness and amazement is so comforting and stimulating at the same time, isn't it?! Cheers to many more years of baking and blogging!

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  3. Happy birthday! What absolutely gorgeous photographs. Here's to many happy returns...

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  4. This looks amazing! And is so unique. Love, love, love!

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  5. Happy blogo birthday ;) love your blog, this cake is beautiful :)

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  6. Happy b-day CMC! :) I am so surprised to hear that you used to bake so rarely! I thought I am the only person who came up with a crazy idea of starting a food blog without any experience (seriously, I only knew how to bake blueberry muffins) :D Truth is, I wanted to have my own website to show my photography, but I couldn't find anyone who would bake for me and prepare desserts exactly how they appeared in my imagination.

    All the best Linda, have a good time celebrationg CMC's birthday! I'm still waiting for your books in Polish or English at least ;)

    Aga
    PrettyBaked

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  7. Happy Blog Anniversary Linda and best wishes to more and more success! Love love love
    Rowaida xx

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  8. Muchísimas felicidades ! Me encanta tu blog y hace tiempo que lo sigo. Mi blog hará 2 años en septiembre. Precioso postre, me encanta.
    Besos

    lagalletarota.blogspot.com

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  9. Sooo great & wishing you more & more fruitful blogging years as you inspire so many people I guess (I am sure!). Including me. Thank you. ♥

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  10. Happy Birthday CMC's. Everyone of your post is full of joy and beauty and of course yummy things :) I always look forward what new happens here. Best wishes. Renata

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  11. Happy blog birthday! What a stunning cake to celebrate with (I would expect nothing less) x

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  12. Grattis bloggen på födelsedagen! Du har tagit oss alla med storm. Keep up the good work!

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  13. Happy 4th birthday! The cake looks so yummy!

    Melissa | MELISSA LOVES THIS

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  14. I love the way you style your bakings!

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  15. Happy Blog Birthday! :)
    I follow your blog for more than a year and I love it :)
    Best wishes

    Patricia (from patces-patisserie.blogspot.com)

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  16. again - an extremely beautiful, mouth-watering picture. it's extremely hot here in Germany, so I could literally just dive into that ice cream "cake". but even more importantly: HAPPY BIRTHDAY! To at least 4 more years of CMC (so glad, I found your blog)

    Greetings from Cologne, ♥ Luna

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  17. super happy for you :)) looks to die for.
    xx
    http://sreebindu.blogspot.in/

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  18. Joyeux Anniversaire!!!!!!
    Have a lovely evening!
    Christel

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  19. Happy Blog Anniversary!!! The cake is delirious!

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  20. Hooray, hooray! happy blog anniversary, Linda! isnt it fun to look back and see how the blog has progressed...! you are amazing and what you do, you deserve all of your wonderful success and i am very happy that we are internet pals!

    xoxo lyndsay

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  21. Congratulations! You have a wonderful blog and I admire to you, I hope one day, I'll be like you.

    Best regards and continue with your goals,

    Mary F.
    www.maryfernandezparra.com

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  22. Happy blogaversary!! Love all your creations and hope you can continue be an inspiration to a lot of us for the next few years! X

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  23. Congratulations and hope you have a happy 4th blogiversary! =)

    Cheers,
    Sylvia

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  24. Grattis på födelsedagen! This looks amazing, like everything you've made in the past 4 years. Just keep going and baking!
    Btw, where can yo get meringue drops?

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  25. Happy blog anniversary ! je te souhaite encore plein d'autres belles années !

    Cheers

    Sandrine

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  26. Congrats!! Happy anniversary :-)

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  27. Omg! This looks super yummy! Happy Birthday CMC!! Love your beautiful images and blog!! :)

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  28. Happy Birthday CMC!!! I love that cake!!!

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  29. Happy birthday to you .this cake is really beautiful and looks delicious.

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  30. Congratulations!
    They're four years of wonderful blog!

    The recipe and photos ... fantastic!

    Birthday Kisses!

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  31. Happy Birthday from Bulgaria / Didi

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  32. What a delicious way to celebrate the blog turning 4 already! Thank you for all the great recipes (this one I'll make as soon as I can!). I admire your work and passion a lot. Don't ever stop believing in yourself.

    Have a wonderful weekend,
    Sini

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  33. How to make ice cream - Yuuummmm....ya, here is the  recipe foe delicious dessert. This is really very simple, even kid can try this..!!   Ingredients • Vanilla or any other Flavoured essence 1.5 tea spoon • Cornflou...

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  34. Your pictures are very beautiful and your cake looks delicious.

    http://cakecookcupcake.blogspot.fr/

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  35. Congratulations and thank you for 4 wonderful years! You have been a great inspiration for so many bloggers and readers not only with your recipes but also styling and photography.

    best,
    Lina

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    1. Thank you so much Lina, that means a lot to me!

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  36. Stort grattis till din fina blogg och på 4-årsdagen! Har nyligen själv startat en blogg, och det är min nya passion! Gå gärna in och titta om du vill!
    /Carina
    carinafogde.se

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  37. i have copy pcitures and wrote about your'e Blog today...
    he is so lovely ..

    absoltute amazing.
    thank you
    christine

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  38. happy delicious birthday! may there be many more!
    xx

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  39. Happy Birthday! This cake looks delicious - it would be perfect for a summer treat.

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  40. Hi Linda,

    Happy Birthday!

    I found one of your photos on Skandium.com' blog
    http://www.skandium.com/blog/archives/2090
    but since I couldn't find any photo credit I just wonder if that's something you are aware of or not?

    //E

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  41. That looks delicious! Congrats on your four year! I just started my own blog and I hope to go on to reach my own four year anniversary!

    Milan
    http://milanwithlove.blogspot.com/

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  42. Wow four years is a really impressive amount of time. Happy birthday! July 24th is my daughter’s birthday so you guys should totally celebrate together some time. Thank you so much for that awesome recipe. That cake looks amazing, almost too good to eat.


    http://online-phd-uk.co.uk/

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  43. I've been a follower for at least 3 years and I so look forward to your posts! Congratulations and please keep up your delicious work!

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    1. I'm so happy to hear that Mary! Warms my heart :-)

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  44. nice cake it looks so yummy, i factually loved this cake and say congratulation. i will make same anniversary cakes for my husband

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  45. - How to make ice creamYuuummmm....ya, here is the recipe foe delicious dessert. This is really very simple, even kid can try this..!!   Ingredients • Vanilla or any other Flavoured essence 1.5 tea spoon • Cornflou...

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  46. Finns receptet på svenska? :)

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