March 24, 2015

Vegan no bake chocolate mousse cake

Can I just say how impressed I am by this cake?
I had a whole bunch of leftovers from the last "raw" cake I made so I took the opportunity to make a chocolatey version too, cause you know, you gotta have chocolate. I pretty much improvised so there are all kinds of good stuff in this one. It tastes a bit like coconut, a bit like peanut butter, banana, and chocolate of course. And just the right amount of espresso. That might sound like a lot of stuff, but to me, it's perfection.
And let's talk about the texture. This cake is so creamy and smooth, like a mousse cake. I would never in a million years guess that a piece of this cake is actually pretty good for you. Almost too good to be true, right?!

If you compare this cake to the last one I made, this one is definitely more like a mousse cake while the other one is a bit more like ice cream. I love them both and I'm sure I will make them again and again.

This cheesecake is completely gluten-free, dairy-free and egg-free 

Makes 1 small cake (18 cm/5 inches) but you can of course double the recipe ro make a bigger one!

Serves 8

1/2 cup (100 g) pitted dates
1/2 cup (85 g) almonds
1/4 cup (25 g) shredded coconut
1 tbsp cocoa powder
pinch of salt
1/2-1 tbsp espresso or strong coffee

1/2 cup (85 g) cashew nuts, soaked in water overnight then drained*
3 tbsp coconut oil
1/3 cup coconut milk (full fat)
2 tbsp cocoa powder
2-3 tbsp maple syrup (to taste)
1/2 cup peanut butter
3 tbsp espresso or strong coffee
1 banana

1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
1 tbsp cocoa powder
1/2 tbsp maple syrup

Cocoa powder
Chopped pistachios or nuts of choice
Shredded coconut

1. Soak the dates in warm water for 15 minutes then drain. Put almonds in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Add the dates, coconut, cocoa powder, salt and pulse until a paste forms. Add espresso as needed and pulse until paste is smooth.
2. Press mixture into a 6 or 7 inch springform pan with the bottom covered with plastic wrap (if you don't have a springform pan, use a pie tin or a regular cake pan covered with parchment paper). Put the pan in the freezer while you prepare the filling.
3. Put coconut oil, coconut milk, cocoa powder, maple syrup, peanut butter and coffee in a sauce pan and heat very gently until mixture is quite loose and all ingredients have melted (this step is to make the filling a bit looser - or it will be too thick to mix smooth in the food processor/blender).
4. Pour the ingredients from the sauce pan plus the cashews and the banana into a blender or food processor and mix until mixture is as smooth as possible. Pour the filling into the crust, cover with plastic wrap and freeze for 2-4 hours or until filling is set.

After the mixture was set, I actually stored the cake in the fridge instead and it held up fine! It was more like a mousse cake. Delicious! So if you know you will eat the cake within a day or two - store it in the fridge, if you want to save it longer store it in the freezer.

1. Mix all ingredients in a small bowl. Powder some extra cocoa powder on top of the cake.
Drizzle sauce over cake and top with chopped pistachios and shredded coconut if desired.

*If you're in a hurry you can let the cashews soak in very hot water for 1 hour instead of overnight

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March 16, 2015

Vegan no bake blueberry lemon cheesecake

I'm a little bit too excited about this post. 
I received the most beautiful bed linen from Evencki the other day. This lovely plum color makes my knees weak and it was just begging to be photographed with a pretty cake. My inspiration has been low lately and this was exactly what I needed. This, and the beautiful spring weather we're having (our thermometer says 12°C today!). My friend Lua experimented with a raw and vegan cheesecake the other day and she told me all about it when we met over the weekend. So I had to give it a try, too. And I must say I'm very impressed with the outcome. Incredibly creamy, sweet, tangy, rich and just perfect.

I know, this blog is usually all about the sugar and the flour, and it has been for the past.. 5 1/2 years now.
Maybe you're thinking I've stopped eating sugar, flour, eggs and dairy. I haven't, though I really enjoy trying something different every now and then. It's a great way to find some new inspiration, because sometimes you just get stuck in your ways. It's like when I'm trying to think of something to eat for dinner. We have like 5 dishes that we eat over and over again and I can't imagine that there are other dishes in the world except for these 5. I'm like.. "uhmmm, maybe pasta, rice... or potatoes".  Does anyone else feel the same way?

Oh, and this cake totally looks huge in the photos but in reality, it isn't. It's only 12 cm, so it's tiny and cute.

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February 11, 2015

Chocolate cake with caramel buttercream and crunchy caramel popcorn

Over the past 5 1/2 years I've taken countless photos. It would be quite exciting to know the exact number... or maybe not.
Out of all these, obviously I love all the photos I post, more or less. But there are some that are special. Those that have a little extra something.
This whole shoot is exactly like that for me.
What makes it even more special is that the house we shot this in is no longer what it used to be. Obviously, the house was pretty run down and in great need of renovation, but still.. look at that turquoise kitchen cabinet and that beautiful golden medallion wallpaper. The paintings, the marble table and the chair. I could spend a long time in there, just looking through the old newspapers lying around.

I had been in this house a few times prior to shooting in it, with permission from the owners of course. When I was working on my last published book "Sweet food & photography" I told my publisher about this house and I could see the excitement in her eyes. I told her about the wallpaper, the newspapers (I had yet to discover the kitchen cabinet) and the light. There is definitely something special about the light in old houses. She said to me "you HAVE to take photos in this house". So I took her advice. First, we (and by we I mean me and my friend/assistant Emma) made a test shoot with some muffins and pies I had lying around at home. I remember it was so freezing in the house that day. Even colder than outside. I think this was in April 2014. I realized that it was a perfect location to shoot and that I had to come back and do it again.

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January 12, 2015

Double chocolate banana muffins with mascarpone frosting and bourbon caramel sauce

So, this is my first post of the new year. I know, I know, it's already the 12th , but I felt like I had to mention it. 2014 sure had its ups and downs. My trip to Iceland and the release of my new book Sweet food & photography are two of my favorite things from last year.

I have been baking like never before these past weeks, something that hasn't been very noticeable on the blog. Finally I had some time to bake for the blog.
I had two very sad looking bananas lying in my kitchen that I didn't want to throw them away, so I figured I'd make something easy with them. Chocolate muffins maybe? Then I remembered I still had the jar of dry ingredients from my last blogpost! So I used that and added the bananas. I didn't think these muffins could get any better, but boy was I wrong. They came out even more moist than before. So, when in doubt, add a banana or two. Well, maybe they don't go with everything.. These muffins are absolutely perfect without the frosting, but I have a thing for this particular one. Mascarpone frosting.  It's not very sweet, it just adds that extra creaminess. And the bourbon caramel sauce. Don't even get me started the bourbon caramel sauce. Honestly, I don't even particularly like drinking beverages with alcohol (and especially not bourbon) but in baked goods, it just works so well.

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December 16, 2014

DIY - Edible gifts in jars

First, I have to tell you that I'm beyond excited about this post! I don't think I've ever put so much time and effort into making one blogpost (in 5 1/2 years people!). Totally worth it though. I loved every second of it and I've been so excited to share this with you so you can go ahead and make your own gifts. I read somewhere that DIY gifts like these were for "lazy" people but I'm of a different opinion. To me, making a gift really shows that you care. That you put time and effort into making something unique for that special someone.

I made labels using photoshop, printed them on thick white paper which I then used double-sided-tape to stick to the jars. Instructions can be put on the back of each jar, or you can just print them on paper and hand them over to the person who receives the gift.

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December 10, 2014

Four hot drinks for the holidays

There is nothing more comforting than a hot cup of cocoa during the holidays. In fact, I don't think I drink hot cocoa any other time of the year than December. Maybe January if it's cold and snowy (and it always is, and February, and March..). December is never as cold and snowy as I wish it was. Right now I'm sitting in front of my computer (obviously) and the rain is pouring down and it looks like it's not gonna stop for a while. Make that days. And I'm drinking cardamom coffee. Now there's another tip for you, just put some freshly ground cardamom with your coffee grinds and you have cardamom coffee. Ta-da!
Here are a few of my favorite hot drinks which I seem to come back to every year. Enjoy!

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December 5, 2014

How to pipe a rose cupcake

Now this post has absolutely nothing to do with Christmas, but hey, why not make these into Christmas cupcakes?! I just LOVE piping cupcakes like this so I thought I'd show you how I do it. The recipe for these white chocolate cupcakes with raspberry buttercream is in my new book, Sweet food & photography, which you can get for a really good price at Bokus right now. The perfect Christmas gift I think!
Note that this book is in Swedish, but it will be out in English in spring 2016, but while you're waiting for it you can always have a look in my cake book, Lomelino's cakes, which is finally available in English! Get it here!

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November 26, 2014

Gingerbread bundt cake with lingonberries

Bundt cakes make me nervous.
The cake doesn't, but the unfolding part does. That freaks me out every time. I can feel my heart beating faster every time I'm about to do it. I think it's because I've baked in some seriously bad bundt pans before. But this one is just awesome and the cakes come out perfect every time.
More than anything though, bundt cakes make me happy. There is just something so... simple about them that makes me love them. Simple and beautiful.

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November 3, 2014

Kladdkaka - Swedish chocolate cake

This cake is one of those cakes I take for granted somehow. I love it so much but I rarely bake it. Before I started baking like crazy, about 5 years ago, I used to bake two times a year, tops. Two times a year, that's it. And when I did, it was always "kladdkaka" (roughly translated "sticky cake" or "gooey cake" but I'll just call it Swedish chocolate cake). Why kladdkaka then? Well, first of all, it was the only recipe I knew how to make. Second, it's probably the easiest thing you could possibly make, and it's just so darn delicious.You simply have to make this one! And don't forget to serve it with whipped cream (vanilla ice cream is ok as well)!

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October 24, 2014

Iceland + iambear

I made a video for up-and-coming artist Iambear while I was in Iceland. Such perfect scenery for this song (which is called 16:40 by the way) I think. Listen to more awesome music from Iambear on Soundcloud. Note to self, next time, bring a working tripod to windy Iceland.

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