Black Forest Gateau – origins, controversies, and step-by-step recipe

Black Forest Gateau At last, a proper article + recipe for the site’s flagship cake. It’s got words and everything. The Black Forest gateau, a.k.a. Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte, is a traditional German layer cake that may or may not have been invented by the witch from “Hansel and Gretel”. It typically comprises dark sponge, white filling, […]

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The Cakes of Vienna Part 7 – High ceilings and tiny cake at Cafe Central Vienna, plus finding the Danube (eventually)

Here it is – the much-delayed new installment of The Cakes of Vienna series. Some measure of willing suspension of disbelief will be required on your part. It is the last but one day of my stay in Vienna, and I have an embarrassing secret – namely, I still haven’t found the Danube. Haven’t even […]

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The answer to the question “Why hasn’t the site been updated since last year?” and other web-related announcements – overall, probably the longest post title ever

Dear reader, You may have noticed that Concerning Cakes has been somewhat inactive of late (i.e. I haven’t updated it since last December). I must admit that various projects and other distractions have been vying for my attention since last year, making me even less focused than usual. As a result, Concerning Cakes as a whole […]

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A no-sugar no-nonsense Stollen recipe

Arguably the best thing about the holiday season is the abundance of cake made with booze. A close second is probably Stollen, the traditional German Christmas cake sometimes found in other parts of the world. The above two premises inevitably lead to the logical conclusion that a boozy Stollen is something that needs to be […]

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The quintessential autumn cake recipe with a side of poetry and meditation

If you’ve ever wondered whether it’s possible to combine baking, meditation, apples and the poetry of John Keats in a seamless and harmonious whole, I can confidently attest that the answer is “yes”. For that is exactly what I am going to show you how to do in the present baking project. The aim is […]

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Healthy muffins recipe with a post-Halloween twist

In the aftermath of Halloween, it makes sense to make something sober. And what could possibly be more sober than the common muffin? We will be using a tried-and-tested healthy muffins recipe, adapted to out post-Halloween purposes. Last time I demonstrated how to turn the insides of a Halloween pumpkin into a well-timed pumpkin pie. […]

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How to make pumpkin pie from your Halloween pumpkin

Unlike cake, pumpkin is something that you can have and eat too. And what better way to eat a pumpkin than the pumpkin pie way? A lot of pumpkins are bound to be carved this week and to me that represents a significant pumpkin pie potential. And, as far as I’m concerned, whenever there is potential […]

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The Cakes of Vienna part 6 – Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s food-glorifying masterpiece and a mediocre apple strudel

The next stage of my Viennese “seek and eat cake” mission is the Kunsthistorisches (Art History) Museum, where I come face-to-face with some very fine art and an underwhelming apple strudel. As soon as I set foot into the museum, I am impressed – Klimt’s murals near the entrance are particularly fetching. But that turns […]

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A seasonal meditation for beginners – exploring apple symbolism by putting a medieval fried apple recipe into practice

October, the most wonderful month of the year (subjectively speaking) is finally here, which means that autumn baking season is now on. As October, and autumn in general, tends to put me into a meditative mood, I have decided to officially begin this year’s autumn season with a simple little meditation on the quintessential symbol […]

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The cakes of Vienna part 5: A shocking yet wonderful waste of egg yolks – the Esterhazy torte

We’re back in Vienna and I have decided to stick around in Cafe Bellaria for another round of cake. As this is a very traditional cafe, my subconscious mind is subliminally urged to make traditional choices, and when the same waitress comes to my table again, no doubt prompted by the urgent “More cake!” expression […]

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