October 9, 2015

At the table workshop in Dala-Floda and a triple chocolate cake

After what seemed like a long, long wait, it was finally time to host our very first At the table workshop. It's been exactly one month since me,  Made by Mary, Cashew Kitchen and Rania Maria met up on that sunny Friday in September at Dala-Floda värdshus. We immediately started preparing everything for our ten guests who were arriving in just a few short hours. I was filled with anticipation, but it was also pretty nerve-racking to say the least. I have never taught styling before and knew that it was going to be a challenge to put words on why, and how I do things without just stating the obvious "uhmm, because it looks good". I knew that I had this chocolate cake up my sleeve though, to sway the guests just in case I would forget everything I was supposed to say (which is something I tend to do when I'm nervous). I didn't get to see Maria's styling session but I know she's a natural teacher and really awesome at explaning her creative process. I did get to see Agnes' session though and she was just fantastic.

I brought my favorite chocolate chip cookies for the guests styling session. It was so much fun to see them all at work, they were all so creative, talented and kind. I wish we had a couple more days to spend together!

I didn't take a lot of photos this weekend, simply because there was no time with all the preparations. But I did get a few good ones. Rania filmed and photographed every move we made though so make sure to check that out!

Thanks to our amazing sponsors Broste Copenhagen (for the beautiful bowls and linen napkins for our guests, and bowls and plates for our welcome table below), Saltå Kvarn (for the delicious snacks and drinks for the guests welcome gift), Arla (for the delicious dairy products for our meals) & Wålstedts Gård (for the gorgeous biodynamic veggies)!  This wouldn't have been possible without you!

For more info on upcoming events, check out atthetable.se, and for more photos from this event, check out the photo gallery! Also, make sure to follow us on Facebook. Check the tag #atthetableworkshops on instagram to see all the photos from the event!

Organic milk from Arla. Photo by Rania Maria

Organic juices from Saltå Kvarn. Photo by Rania Maria

Bowls from Broste Copenhagen. Photo by Rania Maria

Biodynamic veggies from Wålstedts Gård 

Makes one delicious 6-inch (15 cm) cake
Adapted from one of my own recipes, from my book Sweet food & photography

This cake is known as my favorite chocolate cake ever, the one I bring to almost all events and the cake that converts all the chocolate haters out there to chocolate lovers. Everyone who tries this frosting ask me exactly how I made it, and if it's actually a mousse. Try it, it's the best!

75 g butter (I use salted)
barely 1 1/2 cups (315 g) granulated sugar
1 1/4 cups (180 g) all purpose flour
1/2 cup + 2 tbsp (60 g) cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
2 large eggs, at room temperature
3/4 cup milk (175 ml), at room temperature
3/4 hot water (175 ml)

100 g milk chocolate, coarsely chopped
100 g dark chocolate (70%), coarsely chopped
2 3/4 sticks (about 300 g) softened butter (I use salted)
3 tbsp espresso or strong coffee
1/2 cup + 2 tbsp (90 g) powdered sugar
pinch of salt
1/4 tsp vanilla powder

75 g dark chocolate (70%), coarsely chopped
3 tbsp (45 g) butter

Chopped/crushed maltesers

1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Butter and flour two 6-inch (15 cm) cake pans.
2. Melt the butter and set aside.
3. Put sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large mixing bowl. Add melted butter, milk and eggs and beat until just smooth.
4. Add the hot water and stir until smooth (batter will be very liquid, don't worry, it's supposed to be like that).
5. Divide the batter between the two cake pans. Bake for 35-40 minutes, checking doneness with a tootpick before removing from the oven.
6. Let cool in pans for 15 minutes, the invert onto a cooling rack to cool completely.

1. Melt all the chocolate in the microwave or in a double boiler. Set aside to cool to room temperature.
2. Beat the butter until very pale and fluffy. Add the powdered sugar, salt and vanilla and beat for 1 minute.
3. Add the melted chocolate and beat for another 2 minutes or until fluffy.
4. Add the espresso (I add it while it's still slightly warm to get a nice and glossy buttercream) and beat until frosting is smooth and almost mousse-like in texture, about 3 minutes.

ASSEMBLY (check out my guide on how to fill and cover a cake here)
1. 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 buttercream on the first layer. Add the next layer and repeat until you've used up all four layers
2. Spread a thin layer of buttercream all over the cake (this is the crumb coating layer, to hold all the crumbs in place) using an offset spatula. Put the cake in the fridge for about 10 minutes or until the crumb coating layer has firmed up a bit (leave the bowl of frosting in room temperature).
3. Spread the remaining buttercream all over the cake until cake is smooth. For a totally even and smooth surface, dip an offset spatula in warm water and dry it between every pass. Works like a charm!
4. Put the cake in the fridge while you make the chocolate glaze (this will make sure that the glaze will firm up quickly when you pour it over the cake, so don't skip this step).

1. Place the chopped dark chocolate and butter in a saucepan and melt on low heat. Set aside until room temperature (but still liquid, not firm!).
2. Pour the glaze over the cake and quickly spread it over the edges of the cake to make it run down the sides.
3. If you have left over buttercream, pipe some blobs on top of the cake. Decorate with maltesers.

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July 30, 2015

Brown butter chocolate chip cake with bourbon caramel frosting

The same thing happens every year, I forget my blog birthday. Poor Call me cupcake. So neglected. So last week was Call me cupcake's 6th birthday. SIX YEARS of blogging. That's a long time! And it's still just as fun. Six years calls for cake.
To be honest I struggled to come up with something to bake, which is usually never a problem for me. Often I have too many ideas floating around in my head, but I've been lacking inspiration lately, and most of all I've been procrastinating everything. And I mean everything.
Anyway, I started thinking of brown butter. I really like brown butter. Why not bake something with it? Ok, I'll bake something with it. That's pretty much how it went down in my head. Because who can sit around and wait for inspiration? I know I can't. I just have to make something and hope it turns out well. And it turned out really, really well I think.
So here's to Call me cupcake and all you lovely people who have followed along on this journey, I hope we get to spend many more years together in this little space I decided to create six years ago.

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June 29, 2015

Strawberry buttermilk pancakes with elderflower and poached rhubarb

I can't believe it's been an entire month since I blogged. Time flies, as they say.
Apparently it's been so long that I completely forgot that my previous post was pancake related as well. I usually try to vary each post a bit more, but one can never have to many great pancake recipes. Right?
It's also a whole month since I travelled to France, and to tell you the truth, I haven't even begun to look at the photos yet. I know that I've been busy this month, but what have I done, really? I can't bring myself to remember. And in a few days I'm leaving for France again.
When I was in France a month ago, the elderflower was already blooming and it was really hot. Looking outside right now, it looks like November. Raining and 14°C. Which also means that the elderflower here has really been struggling to bloom. I don't think I've ever seen it bloom this late, and it's not even quite there yet! So if you live in a country where the elderflower has already bloomed, feel very free to make these pancakes without it as they are so delicious with just strawberries. Incredibly fluffy, light and just perfect!

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May 27, 2015

Crêpe cake with dulce de leche and ricotta

I have a love/hate relationship with dulce de leche. It's deliciousness is kind of deceiveing. I know, everytime I use it as filling in a cake I swear to never use it again. A few months pass, and there I am, using it again. Why, you might ask? Well, obviously because it's delicious and because I had a jar of Brazilian dulce de leche in my fridge (thank you, Lua!).
So if it's that delicious, why do I hate it? Well, let me explain. I started off by stirring together dulce de leche and ricotta. The verdict? Delicious, but it instantly turned into a sauce (I kind of thought it would). So I figured, what if I make individual layers of dulce and ricotta? That must work. This dulce de leche was very, very thick, so I simply started spreading the dulce de leche on every other crêpe. So far so good! After a while, the dulce de leche turned into a sauce and was running down the sides (and the crêpes were freezing cold!). Sure, not a problem if you're going to eat it but definitely if you're going to to try and take photos of it. I guess it's some kind of reaction between the dulce de leche and the moisture in the crêpes.
I still wanted to share this recipe though because it is truly delicious, albeit somewhat messy. If you don't feel like making a mess, I would suggest filling it with your favorite jam or even nutella instead of dulce de leche.

On another note, tomorrow I'm leaving for Amsterdam, Paris and then the south of France. Feeling a bit anxious, as always when I'm travelling. I will probably take thousands of photos, some of which I will share with you here and on instagram.
See you soon!

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May 15, 2015

Gluten-free almond cake with chocolate fudge frosting

Today is one of those days when I just can't seem to find the words to write. It's very frustrating. Writing isn't one of my strengths though, to be completely honest. Sometimes I wish I could just let the photos speak for themselves, but that would probably be pretty boring, right? And I guess you wouldn't be able to figure out the recipe from just looking at the pictures. No, a blog needs words too.
What I can tell you, is that I really really love apple blossoms. And cake. And chocolate. I really love everything about this cake. The simplicity, the texture, the flavor.. And it's gluten-free too! How great is that?

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May 8, 2015

Easy rhubarb cake

I took these photos almost exactly two years ago. In May 2013, which was also one of my most productive months as in baking A LOT and taking many of my favorite photos (and apparently wearing jean vests every day). Back then I had a 9-5 job, but I somehow always managed to find the time to create. Nowadays, all I do is sit by my computer, all day every day and fighting the beast better known as the e-mail. It seems as no matter how little time I had back then, I always managed to get stuff done. Maybe that's exactly why, because I knew I had to do them right now or I wouldn't have the time. I'm always a few hundred e-mails behind, so every day is like starting over (so I'm sorry if I haven't replied yet!).
Some days (ok, make that most days) I don't feel like sitting in front of the computer at all though, especially during spring. Some days I just want to go out and smell the freshly cut grass, listen to the birds and take a stroll on the beach. This day was exactly like that. We filled a basket with this hot from the oven-rhubarb cake and went out to a beautiful spot called Möllegård, fairly close to where we live. It's incredibly pretty there, especially when the trees are becoming all lush and green. The forest is a little untamed and everything grows a little bit wild, which I really like. That "bridge" was slightly wobbly though, but it's been replaced now with a new, uncharming one. You can also get the best ice cream in Möllegård and you can pet two cute shetland ponies. Sounds like a pretty great place, huh?! Ice cream and ponies!

I actually liked this cake so much that it ended up in my book, Sweet food & photography, which by the way is now published in French, and will be published in Dutch, German and Spanish in August this year, and last but not least in English in April next year!! It's a pretty amazing feeling I must say and I'm just so grateful that people are interested in my books.

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