October 26, 2013

An ode to cake (and a recipe)



In case you've missed it, I'm very fond of cakes. So fond that I've made a book entirely dedicated to them. And in case you didn't know, that book is being translated into English, German and French as we speak (and it already exists in Dutch and Finnish, and Swedish of course). I'm so excited! I can't believe all of this is actually happening.



Anyway, I thought I'd dedicate this post entirely to cakes too. They're beautiful, versatile, fun and delicious (well, most of them!) and they have a special place in my heart.
Here are some of the cakes I've made throughout the years (note that none of these cakes are from my book!). I'm not going to let you go empty handed though. Of course not. I've posted the recipe for my favorite chocolate cake (which IS from my book). Yay!



Chocolate cake with dulce de leche and sea salt

This recipe comes from my book Lomelinos tårtor (aka Lomelino's cakes), with the addition of dulce de leche and sea salt (which you can omit if you want to, of course!). My advice is that you buy ready made dulce de leche to save yourself a few hours of baking. I've made this recipe probably 50 times or more so I can guarantee that it works. It really is my go-to recipe and it's such a crowd pleaser (literally, since this is the cake I always bring when going to book fairs and exhibitions, people love it)! I hope you'll love it too!

Chocolate cake
75 g butter
450 ml all purpose flour (270 grams)
150 ml cocoa powder (60 grams)
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
375 ml granulated sugar (360 grams)
2 medium eggs
225 ml milk (a little less than 1 cup)
150 ml strong coffee, espresso or boiling water (2.5/4 cup)


Chocolate espresso frosting
200 g dark chocolate (70 %), chopped

300 g softened butter
150 ml cocoa powder (60 grams)
1/2 tsp vanilla powder or seeds from 1 vanilla pod, or 2 tsp vanilla extract
4 tbsp espresso, strong coffee or 4 tbsp cream (for those of you who hate coffee!)
350 – 400 ml powdered sugar (210-270 grams)

Filling
150 ml dulce de leche (2.5/4 cup)
Sea salt


Instructions
Chocolate cake

Heat oven to 175°C/350°F.
Butter and flour two 15cm/6 inch baking pan. Melt the butter and let it cool.
Sift flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and baking soda into a large bowl. Add remaining ingredients and beat until batter is smooth.
Divide evenly between the two pans. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 15 minutes, then invert onto a wire cooling rack until completely cool.

Chocolate espresso frosting
Melt chocolate in a double boiler or in a microwave oven. Let cool to room temperature. Meanwhile, beat butter until light and fluffy. Add powdered sugar and cocoa powder, little by little, and beat until frosting is smooth. Beat in melted chocolate and vanilla. Add espresso, coffee or cream and beat until smooth and shiny.


Assembly

If cakes are rounded on top, even out with a knife. Cut both cake layers in half using a sharp serrated knife (you'll end up with four thinner layers). Put the first layer on a cake board or a cake stand. Spread dulce de leche on the first layer, then spread a layer of frosting on top. Sprinkle with some sea salt. Add the next layer and repeat until you've used all layers.
Spread a thin layer of frosting (this is the crumb coating layer, to hold all the crumbs in place) using an off set spatula. Put the cake in the fridge for about 20 minutes or until the first layer of frosting has firmed up a bit (leave the bowl of frosting in room temperature). Spread the remaining frosting on the cakes until fairly even. It doesn't have to be perfect since we're making a pattern in this cake.

Making the swirly pattern
Put the cake on a spinning cake decorating stand if you have one. If not, put it on a smooth surface so you are able to spin the cake easily. Spin the stand while you hold a spatula or a spoon against the frosting (don't put too much pressure on it!). Sprinkle some sea salt on top.

















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81 comments:

  1. Amazing photos! Can't wait to get your book in English x

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    1. Thanks Lisa! I can't wait either x Linda

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  2. Åh, Herre Gud! Blir det en till tårtbok kanske?

    Kram kram

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    1. Inte den kommande, men det hade varit roligt att göra en till... Kram kram!

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  3. My congratulations on this wonderful news!!! Looking forward to your book in English, Linda! hope it will be on amazon as it is the only way I can get it to Ukraine.
    Love your work, your photos and recipes. Besides, tomorrow is my birthday and I'm baking chocolate cake with mascarpone frosting :) Hugs, Aleksandra

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    1. Thank you so much sweet Alexandra! I bet it will be available there, or I hope at least!
      Happy birthday and happy baking! <3 x Linda

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  4. Oh my god!!! Your blog is amazing! Congrats for all the love you post here!

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    1. Thank you so much Caroline, how sweet of you :-)

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  5. What a great news!
    I can't wait for the French version to come out! I'll buy it as soon as it is !!
    I love each of those cakes, especially the dulce de lecheone and the last one with pecans!

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    1. Thank you so much Lulu, much appreciated!

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  6. You did it, Linda! Good girl. I love this post as much as I love your cakes.

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  7. Yay! can't wait for the english version of your book!!

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  8. Incredible! I really wish you could live down my street ;)
    Amazing beautiful cakes, and I bet they are delicious!

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  9. Your cakes have always been my favorite. Hands down! Another fabulous recipe :)

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  10. Oh la la, que j'aime, c'est beau et bon ! Je suis FAN ! A quand le livre en français ???

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  11. Oh my God! You are amazing! <3

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  12. Beautiful! I can't wait to buy your book in English or German. Congratulations!

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  13. Your creations are stunningly beautiful and very inspiring! I had no idea you have written a book and I can't wait to see it in English!

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  14. What a beautiful ode! And congrats for the book translated in English and French! Which one I'll choose? hemmm ;) I'll see! Hope to find it in Montreal1

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  15. Congratulations! Love all your gorgeous cakes
    Chocolate and dulce de leche is a perfect match for Argentinian taste :)

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  16. Your cakes are like delicious, dessert fortresses! I will have a slice (or 2) please and thanks!

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  17. Oh my word, this post is one of the most beautiful I've ever laid eyes on...

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  18. I'm so excited that your book is going to be available in English! I share your love for cake, and I'm a huge fan of your blog.

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  19. Been following your blog for as long as I can remember-- I'm so excited for your book :)

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  20. Your cakes are outstanding, I love see glimpses behind the scenes on Instagram. So happy your book is being translated!

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  21. Chance upon your blog some time ago and it has been one of the BEST detour I've ever made on the internet! Your recipes are absolutely gorgeous and I can't wait to grab your book when it's out. :) The pictures are so so pretty! Great job :) God Bless!

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  22. Your blog is fantastic and i cannot wait for your book in German!

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  23. Oh my goodness! They all look sooo delicious! ♥ ♥ ♥
    xoxo

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  24. I follow you with passion. Thank you Linda.
    I want your book en english please!

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  25. Beautiful blog! Have you posted a recipe for the strawberry topped pink cheesecake above? I'm drooling over it! I don't think I can wait for the book in english!!! :) ♡♥♡♥

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  26. Absolutely lovely.

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  27. Mmmmmums nu vill jag baka en kaka, annars dreglar jag på tangentbordet. :P

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  28. Åh vad jag älskar dina bakverk och dina bilder. Följer dig även på Instagram, och varje bild är verkligen en wow-moment! Nu följer dock en fråga. Till vintermyset hade jag tänkt göra dina fina hot chocolate spoons, och undrar var du köpt peanut butter chipsen.. Kram på dig!

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    1. Vad glad jag blir!! Tack så hemskt mycket :-)
      Peanutbutterchips kan köpas på bl.a. Gray's American Stores (jag köpte i Malmö), så det är inte jättelätt att få tag på! Dock kan man hitta peanutbuttercups på Game i Halmstad, hehe.

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  29. I'm looking for your book in french, Can you tell me where can I find it please? Love all your beautiful cakes!!

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  30. Congratulations on all the book translations!! That's wonderful news!

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  31. Just stumbled onto your blog and WOW! These cakes are amazing! Not to mention the fantastic creativity and beautiful photography. The meringue topped chocolate cake is beautiful! I am definitely looking up the book when it comes out. Can't wait for the next special occasion so I have an excuse to bake one of these :)

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  32. its looks so so so so incredibly yummy !!

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  33. It looks fantastic!

    Congratulations on the book translations! I wish I could read it in my native language one day... ;-)

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  34. So wonderful and delicious photos!!! If I could I would have sprung into them to try... So I have to try your recipe :). Congratulation to your success - it's well deserved!
    Barbara

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  35. This blog is just amazing, all the photos of the cupcakes just make be hungry. it is a very well design blog with great photos. The different recipes are straight forward and easy to understand. The blog is very user friendly and everything is being made so as to facilitate the persons use and interaction with the blog. Hope you will continue blog quality stuffs!!!

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  36. Congratulations on your book translation, you must be really hapoy and proud! Also,all these cakes look sooooo yummy!! I think i'm going to give the recipe you shared a try! Thank you!!

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    1. Thank you!! I'm so happy :-)
      Let me know what you think if you decide to give it a try!

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  37. I'm drooling just by looking at the pictures. Amazing photography skills you have. I'm really happy that your book will be translated into different languages, especially English! I can't wait to get my hands on your book in English. Also, I think I'll continue to profess how thankful I am that you listed the measurements in grams. I think using grams is more accurate, but that's just me. I'll probably bake this wonderful cake this weekend.

    Thank you! xx

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    1. Hi Fii! Thank you so much, I appreciate it immensely!
      And I agree with you on the grams. I've started measuring both volume and weight to make sure my recipes are accurate. And I must say I've been quite confused, writing in English but measuring in ml and dl is not ideal. I'll probably continue writing in both ml and grams :-) Thanks again! x Linda

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  38. I love your cakes - every single one of it! but I adore the pic of the sponge cake... just gorgeous!

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  39. For the chocolate cake, it says you need 75g of butter. What is that equivalent to? (i.e 1 stick of butter)

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  40. OTROLIGT läckra bilder härinne:) man blir glad av din blogg.

    Om du vill se mitt favoritrecept kan du kolla in min blogg:)

    LOVE Maria at inredningsvis.se - en blogg om inredning

    ps Jag följer dig nu på Bloglovin och hoppas du följer tillbaka:)

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  41. Hej Maria!
    Vad roligt, tusen tack :-)

    Jag är aldrig ens inne på bloglovin.. haha. Men ska se om jag minns inloggninsuppgifter!

    Kram, Linda

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  42. Fantastiskt fina bilder! Och allt ser jäääättegott ut!

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  43. I am getting your book in english, no doubt about it! When will it be ready? I love your pictures and your recipes. I hope its is ok I mention you in my blog, with links etc.( It may look Greek to you because it is Greek www.goodliving-happylife.com)
    Keep it up and stay creative, lovely work!!!
    M

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  44. Pure perfection, your baking and your taste in decoration is so inspiring and motivating. i hope one day I have the chance to create creations like that. woooow


    www.homeandawaynina.blogspot.com

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  45. Wow I love how you design your blog! Not very bright, and not very dark. I especially love the cupcake pictures, they are making me feel like I want to eat a cupcake right now! Though I never make a cupcake before, but I love your recipes. So you said you publish a your own book about cupcakes? Must be a lot of people buy them already and you have made millions! How did you start to take interest in cupcake-making?

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  46. Such a delicious selection of your best cakes recipes!

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  47. This is really amazing! Your cakes are so gorgeous and appetizing, I can almost taste them! Looking forward to your book :)

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  48. wow, these are so, so, so amazing! gorgeous pictures, and I love all the decorating.

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  49. Hi Linda,

    I love your blog - It's amazing and very inspiring.
    I was wondering if you have posted the recipe for the chocolate cake with meringue tops on top. I would love to try it out!

    Much cake love Sarah

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    1. Hi Sarah! Thank you so very much for the kind words!

      I never posted it as it was for a magazine.
      Are you Swedish? (sorry, you never know!). In that case, send an e-mail to linda@callmecupcake.se and I'll send the recipe back in Swedish.
      xo Linda

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    2. Hi Linda, I have send you and e-mail, for you to send me the recipe! Thanks a lot :)

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  50. These are so cute! And they look delicious :) Thanks for sharing!

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  51. omg these look so amazing and delicious :D

    <3 Emi
    www.silverandlemon.com

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  52. So yummy... Really wanna to have all cakes. Thanks for sharing these food guides.

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  53. Just stumbled across your blog - your cakes are a piece of art! My eyes get bigger and bigger as I scroll down the page. I'm wondering though who gets to eat them after they have been photographed? Any chance sending a piece or 3 down to Sydney Australia??

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    1. Thank you so much Michelle! I'm so glad you stumbled across it.
      Well, I eat some, my boyfriend eats some and then I try to give most of it away. I have lots in my freezer too! Haha, I bet they would look and taste pretty awful after being sent to Australia ;-) But if you're ever in Sweden you are more than welcome empty my freezer..

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  54. Hi Linda! Amazing pics & cakes as always! I'm a huge fan of your work, I tried a lot of your recipes, and it's always a huge success! I was wondering, the white cake with the candles, is it like simply chocolate cake with vanilla frosting and caramel drizzle? Thank you for your answer!

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  55. I love cake and if there is chocolate i love them extra these looks so beautiful and yuummy.

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  56. Your all cake is wonderful; Pictures look will be superb if I could I would have spring into them to try... So I have to try your recipe. Congratulation to your achievement

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  57. What is the recipe for the chocolate cake with caramel on top? It is so pretty, and I really would love to have the recipe - I have also send you an email about it, but I got not respond.

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  58. Thank you for posting your chocolate cake recipe. I was sad to read the white cake recipe is not in your book! I'm always looking for good moist white cake recipes. Is it already posted in your blog somewhere and I've missed it? Your cakes are beautiful! Ruthann

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  59. Jag tror att jag dör så fina mästerverk du gör.

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  60. Your cakes are gorgeous!!!
    Wow!

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  61. Cakes are a wonderful gifting item which gives the receiver immense joy. It is one of the most hot favorites gifting item for almost any and every kind of significant occasions and celebrations.Thanks for shairng.
    chocolates cakes

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  62. what is the cake with whitish frosting and caramel dripping on the sides in the fifth picture?

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  63. Greetings from Australia :) I just found your blog and the cakes are so beautiful that I've already pre-ordered your book in English from Amazon. Can't wait 'til it gets published!

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  64. Oh my gosh. I love your blog so much and aspire after your amazing photography and cake-making skills, so I will obviously have to get this book. So excited!! :D

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