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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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Strawberry torte

This is actually quite a simple torte cleverly made to look much more elaborate than it really is. It is basically just a sponge cake with a gelatine-free filling (I used a combination of marscapone, strawberry yoghurt and chopped strawberries,  but I couldn’t possibly say what the exact ratios were – I just mixed a bunch […]

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Chocolate chestnut cake recipe for baking heavyweights

This chocolate chestnut cake recipe is for all you baking heavyweights who fancy a new baking challenge. And please note that by “baking challenge” I mean “epic baking challenge”. This is no recipe for the insecure, the impatient and the unmotivated. This recipe requires skill, focus and perseverance. You have been warned. The process of […]

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Chocolate hazelnut cake

As I must have said a few (dozen) times already, November is a special time of year. It is also the most baking-oriented time of year, at least for me. I made this fine chocolate hazelnut cake (torte) to mark the beginning of a very baking-intense November. The recipe Ingredients 100g ground blanched hazelnuts 170g […]

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Boozy honey walnut cake with cinnamon

It’s nut-grinding time again! This time I’ve made the traditional Central European honey walnut cake, which is usually made in a strudel shape, but I’ve given this one a bit of a twist, in the literal sense. I have made many variations of this cake, but I could never get tired of making it because, […]

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Easter Sacher torte recipe

This is one of my many Sacher torte efforts and, although it may not be the best one, it certainly is the heaviest (in the how “full you feel after you’ve had a few bites” sense). On a 1 to 10 heaviness scale, this one would be a solid 8, perhaps even an 8.5. Coincidentally, […]

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