Favourite birthday cakes

As you guys might or might not know I love all things baking, so for today’s post I thought about why not share my favourite recipes for various over the top cakes you could do for someone’s birthday. To be honest though, these are only a few of my favourite and also only ones I could find online. If you want me to post more of these and also recipes that you can’t find (or at least I can’t) on the internet, let me know and I will do so in the future! 🙂

The classic birthday cake

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Confetti cake

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Ultimate birthday cake

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Vanilla birthday cake

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Ultimate sprinkle birthday cake

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Classic Victoria sponge cake

Chocolate

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Chocolate cake

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Epic chocolate cake

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Chocolate Truffle Cake

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Best ever chocolate cake

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One bowl chocolate cake

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Brooklyn Blackout Cake

Fruit cakes

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Fresh strawberry cake

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Spiced clementine ricotta cake

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Lemon curd sponge cake

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Banoffe cake

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Lemon layer cake

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Summer Panettone cake

Themed cakes

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Rainbow cake

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White velvet cake

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Checkerboard cake

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Minecraft cake

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Oreo Blackout Cake

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Matcha Cake

 

 

 

 

No sugar

On the 17th May my best friend and I started a month without sugar, we have done so before but I thought this time I can actually write about it and tell you all my experience about it.

So firstly, why we started it.

To be totally honest with you it was when Krissi and I were at a flat party, sitting on a sofa people-watching and talking about the most random things. I don’t think I need to address that we have been a bit tipsy at this point as well. Either way, we talked about January when we last did the ‘no sugar month’ and for some odd reasons we decided we start it again.

So we’re quite strict about it, so you’re not allowed any artificial sugar or any type of sweetener, also including honey, agave syrup, maple syrup coconut sugar or any other type of sweetener which isn’t from fruit. I actually know people who do that from time to time as well and usually it’s that you only cut out sugar or the very light version is that you don’t eat any sweets for a month. But we thought we go to town with it this time.

I also wanted to add that we haven’t done it with the intention to loose weight. We set ourself this goal because firstly you realize a difference of you body after like a week or so. Your body is more energetic, your skin gets better and also you feel quite good over all. This comes not only from cutting out sugar but also because of the fact that you are basically bond to eat healthily.

When you first decide to cut out all kinds of sweetener you don’t really realize in what is some sort of sweetener. You just think ‘Oh yeah I’m stop eating sweets and stuff like this and it should be fine’ but that’s actually not the case. When you seriously think about the foods and drinks which contains any type of sweetener you realize that you’re very limited in the things you’re allowed to consume. Start with your breakfast, what do you usually eat? Granola with a yoghurt with a fruit flavour? Not allowed because Granola and yoghurt which isn’t natural yoghurt contains added sweetener. Cereal? Not allowed. Shop bought bread with jam or honey? (Technically) Not allowed (to be fair we ate shop bought bread anyway because otherwise we would have eaten only one thing for one moth for breakfast), Weetabix? Not allowed. Porridge with honey and fruit? Not allowed. What I ate pretty much the whole time during the week was either oats with natural yoghurt or bread with cheese.

I need to address there that for me breakfast was the hardest meal to come up with ideas. At the weekend when I had more time in the mornings I also did things like semolina pudding, rice pudding with fruit, breakfast cookies made out of banana and oats, banana sugared pancakes without the sugar part, porridge, omelettes, nice creams, banana pancakes, baked oatmeal or other delicious things that took more than 5 minutes in the morning. But a food that was essential for me during this time: banana and peaches/nectarines. Both are high in natural sweetness so it made everything taste just as I would have put sweetener in it (you also could use any fruit which is sweet and in season but these two fruits we always had at home anyways).

At this point I also need to do a shout-out to my dear friend Selina. She invited me and some other friends over for breakfast and she did a brilliant job with coming up with breakfast ideas which don’t contain any sweeteners. Make sure to check out her Instagram or even blog when you can read German so you can find more delicious looking pictures where you want to recreate everything yourself immediately. (If she’s super nice and she gives me the missing recipes and if I can find some time I might translate all of them and post them, because the food was honestly out of this world!)

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When I had Uni in the afternoon I usually took a packed lunch with me, which usually contained either of overnight oats with banana, chia seeds and raisins (fun fact I always did them in the morning because of course I always forgot to prepare it in advance but it works perfectly fine!), I made myself a bread with cheese in the morning or I took some food from my lunch/dinner the previous day. I always make a bit more so it would still be enough for the next day.

For dinner it also was quite easy to come up with something because again I either ate something what I had already described what I made for lunch, had a semolina pudding, rice pudding, banana sugared pancakes again without the sugared part, nice cream, a soup, a salad or whatever I fancied.

For lunch or dinner it wasn’t hard to come up with ideas because I eat something savoury anyway and the only thing I couldn’t eat was basically instant t soups, some other instant products or shop bought pasta sauce because they usually contain sugar. But there I would look at the packaging and you’ll know if you’re allowed to eat it or not. Plus I’m not the biggest fan of these products anyway so it was fine by me that I wasn’t allowed to eat these things.

But not only food contains sugar, also drinks do so. Here you’re very limited again. No sodas, sweetened teas or coffees, shop bought smoothies also contain sweeteners a lot of the time, so do juices. Every time you want to drink something which isn’t water you first have to have a look if it contains any sweetener but once you found it out you’ll get used to what you’re allowed and what not. And if you can making your own smoothies, milkshakes, juices or whatever is actually quite fun plus more healthy anyway.

I know from my best friend that she always finds it the hardest to stop eating sweets or cake or whatever she isn’t allowed to eat, but for me I never really have problems with it. Because I know I’m not allowed to eat it I don’t really crave it and also usually you stop craving something after like 3 or 4 weeks so once you started eating like this you’re body isn’t craving these foods after this month. For me the hardest thing is coming up with ideas. I like to eat fresh and differently so eating the same thing over and over again because you’re limited is actually the worst for me. Although I have done the ‘no sugar month’ twice and I know that I will do it again some time soon. I personally like that you can mind-over-matter your body and you learn to appreciate your body in this month. Because once you found out how much crap you actually give your body to deal with you will be more aware of what to eat after this month.

 

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Summer foods and drinks essentials

Hello lovely people out there,

I don’t know about you, but when summer arrives I get very excited and there are a few food and drinks I can’t miss out on. So I though what’s better than sharing them wit you. So here are my personal summer foods and drinks I can’t survive summer without! 🙂

Drinks:

Cold water with frozen fruit or lemon/lime

That’s one of my absolute favourite. It keeps you hydrated (which is very important), it’s still healthy, tastes nice and is good on the go as well because you can also refill your bottle during the day with the same fruits in it.

Milkshakes

That’s kinda of an obvious one, but there is nothing better than sitting in the sun with a cold milkshake.

Cocktails/Mocktails

Those who are allowed to drink will agree with me that sitting at a restaurant in the evening having a nice meal with a cocktail in the summertime is just the best. But don’t worry, if you’re not in the age where you can drink alcohol or you don’t want to drink alcohol Mocktails are an amazing alternative.

Smoothies

I guess I don’t need to write anything about smoothies, because everyone loves smoothies!

Lemonade

Not only you will be happy about that home made refreshment but also your other family members because home made lemonade is way better than shop bought one!

Iced tea

A very easy, cheap, quick and also very tasty think to do.

Food:

Fresh fruit/vegetables

Who would have guessed it? But fresh fruit plates are just an amazing snack to nibble on in summer and if you fancy a light lunch/dinner vegetables are an amazing thing to have. Plus in summer there are one of the best fruits/veg in season!

Everything Strawberry

This leads me to this point: Strawberries are finally in season again, wuhu! Everybody loves a bit of strawberry, doesn’t matter if you eat them like that, with cream, with an ice cream, in a smoothie or to your pancakes in the morning. Strawberry are an amazing all-rounder.

Salads

Doesn’t matter if fruit or with lettuce, salads are winners. You can also perfectly take them with you in jars and also top them with couscous, quinoa, rice or whatever you like. And also pasta, potato, rice or green spelt salads are a good shout as well.

Barbecues

Summer, the season not only of strawberries but also barbecues! So go outside and have a nice barbecue with your friends and family. There are basically no limits what you could grill!

Soup

I personally love soup in the summer because it’s light and I don’t know about you but I can’t eat food with a lot of calories or fat in the summer. So soup, if cold or warm is a good alternative.

Omelette

Same as soups, it’s something light which is perfect for summer and once again you can personalize it the way you like it.

Fish

Summer calls out to do something with fish and there are so many ways you could cook with fish, just get creative. But always with some fresh lime/lemon with it because of the freshness.

Frozen fruit

Have you ever tried freeze some fruit and eat it as a snack or for pudding? No? You definitely should give it a try, it’s perfect for summer because it’s super refreshing. My favourites are grapes to nibble on!

What you can do with your frozen fruit as well, would be ice cream/sorbets. Just blend it up and you have yourself a healthy ice cream (tip: if you do it with bananas make sure they’re very ripe when you freeze them because this way they taste even better!)

Or have you tried to make ice lollies out of frozen fruits? No? Why not?

Yoghurt

Once again an amazing snack for the day or as a breakfast with granola in the morning.

Fruit screwer

And again an amazing snack, which you could also easily take to school or work for a little refreshment during the day.

In conclusion, basically every fruit/veg that is in season, something fresh, from a holiday country or something that is lemon or lime flavoured because that just tastes like freshness.

Happy cooking,

Jenny xxx

 

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