Category Archives: Cooking

Super Easy Strawberry Cake UPDATE* (Banana Modification)

I am a natural busy body and I must be honest that being on Maternity Leave is actually kind of hard for me. I am of course very grateful that I have the opportunity to focus on the important time that is to come, but on the other hand I love being busy regardless if it is at work or at home. The one thing that has definitely improved in the meantime, is my baking (although neither Sascha’s waist or my thighs are happy about this)! 🙂 I have been making different coffee style cakes about 3 times a week!

I posted a few weeks ago a very easy recipe for a strawberry cake, although I love the tartness of it, I actually always have bananas at home. So I decided to try the exact same recipe with only two small changes. The layer of strawberries is nixed out for a layer of bananas and to the streusel I added a tablespoon of cinnamon. The end result was AMAZING. We ate it warm with vanilla ice cream and both agreed it was one of the best coffee cakes we had ever had. Please don’t judge from the photo, it is not the prettiest cake you will ever see, but I promise worth your making!

Yummy Banana Cake with Cinnamon
Yummy Banana Cake with Cinnamon
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Two Dinners In One!

I love cooking, and regardless if it was a really long day at work or if I am tired, I still try to do home-cooked meals 6 out of 7 nights a week. Yesterday, I was preparing a Singapore dish that needs to simmer for a long time; I had already cleaned up the kitchen and was wondering what to do. You know the phrase, “kill two birds with one stone”? I had already bought the groceries for the next day, so then I thought, ‘hey, why not make that too’. I easily prepared what will be a tortellini bake within 15 minutes, covered it in saran wrap, and put it in the fridge! Today, I only need to turn the oven on! No prep works, no kitchen clean up. I wish I had started doing this earlier! Would be a great help to busy workers, moms, and anyone else who is trying to time manage! 🙂

Preparing tomorrow's dinner while todays cooks
Preparing tomorrow’s dinner while todays cooks

Bon Appetite! 😀

 

Super Easy Strawberry Cake

So the in-laws came up and visited for the weekend and bought over a kilo of strawberries with! I absolutely adore strawberries but can not sit and eat over a kilo of them, so I decided/wanted to make something different than I had in the past. After looking for an hour at recipes for inspiration, I decided to just make up my own. You know the old saying, ‘Baking is Chemistry while Cooking is an Art’. While obviously that came to being, because for baking you should be pretty exact and measure, and for cooking you have more room to be creative and still come up with something fabulous! Well I am terrible at Chemistry 🙂 which means if the recipe for baking looks to complicated I simply do not try it. Also, as I live abroad, measurements, flour, sugars, everything is different. So here is my super easy recipe, feel free to modify it as you like 🙂

Materials you need: one bowl, one smaller sized coffee/tea cup, one smaller spoon or teaspoon if you have it, pan (I used a 9×13 glass lasagna pan), spoon.

Ingredients:

2 of your cups of flour

1 of your cups of white sugar

2 eggs

1 of your cups of vegetable oil (I used Sunflower oil)

2-3 teaspoons of baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

3 teaspoons of vanilla extract or vanilla sugar (vanilla extract is very hard to find here)

Topping is optional, but I love streusel toppings and used this very simple recipe:

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/crumb-topping-for-pies/

Directions:

Step 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

Step 2. Lightly grease the cake pan you are using.

Step 3. Mix all of the ingredients, excluding the strawberries in a bowl until smooth.

Step 4. Pour the batter into your slightly greased pan.

Step 5. Cover batter with a layer of strawberries.

Step 6. Add in optional streusel topping (recommended but not required)!

Step 7. Bake for 35 minutes or until top is light brown.

Step 8. ENJOY 🙂

 

This is how I like to measure things! 🙂