Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Roses & Books

Last week, on April 23th, in Catalonia, we celebrate St George's day.

There's legend about a dragon and a princess (it's a long story, but I'll resume it, specially because I don't dare to translate it to English). The fact is, there was a dragon about to eat a princess. but then, Saint George appeared, killed the dragon and save the princess. From the blood of the dragon sprouted a rosebush, and that's why, in Catalonia, every April 23th, men give their beloved a rose.

And, as April 23th is also Book Day, women give their beloved a book.

So, it was very easy, I celebrate Saint George's with these cupcakes decorated with a rose and a book. 
These ones are basic chocolate cupcakes with an extraordinary buttercream made with butter and cream cheese (taken from the last Peggy Porschen's book). I promise to give you the recipe in the next entry!

Sunday, 7 April 2013

Yes, I'm a chocaholic - Chocolate Bund Cake

I know, I'm not helping if you're trying to follow a diet. In two months, or less, we'll have to deal with our last year bikinis and dresses, and what do I offer? Chocolate.
But you can balance this delicious cake with five or six spinning classes in the gym, but I promise it will be worth.

The photos are not the best, but it was the third time I make this cake and I wanted to share it with you, It's super easy to make, and everybody will like it. I took the recipe from the blog Food & Cook.



  • 225 gr butter
  • 410 gr sugar
  • 4 eggs, room temperature
  • 240 ml buttermilk
  • 360 gr all purpose flour
  • 15 gr bicarbonate of soda
  • A pinch of salt
  • 160 ml water
  • 65 gr cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 180ºC  (355º F) and grease a bundt pan taking care all the edges get greased.

With a stand (or hand) mixer, mix the butter and the sugar. Then add the eggs, one to one, until well combined.

Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda  and salt and add top the butter mixture in three additions, alternating with the buttermilk.

In the microwave, heat the water about one minute. Add the cocoa powder and mix well with a whisk until the cocoa is completely dissolved.

Add to the mixture beating at low speed until it's completely combined. 

Pour the mixture into the bundt pan and bake for about 45-50 minutes, inserting a stick to check it's completely cooked.

Let rest for 10 minutes, and then unmold and let it cold completely in a rack.