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For his 40th birthday celebration, Vanessa requested a traditional Swedish cake (Schwedentorte) for her drummer husband.

The cake was fun and interesting to make (the trial run I did a few weeks ago was very tasty with layers of strawberry jam, pastry cream, vanilla cake and whipped cream!)

According to Vanessa the cake was ‘yummy and nearly all got eaten’.


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M.E. requested chocolate and vanilla cupcakes for his office colleagues to celebrate his birthday

I made them triple chocolate delight cupcakes, filled with dark chocolate ganache and topped with ganache icing drizzled with white chocolate.

Triple chocolate indulgence

And straight forward vanilla dream cupcakes with white vanilla icing punched with vanilla seeds and green sprinkles.

Vanilla dream

I hope M.E. and the Microsoft DPE team enjoyed their treat today!

and I’ll smile if I want to!

I decided to celebrate my birthday this year with a twist, so I had a ‘kiddies’ party with adult treats!
I made coffee cupcakes with Kahlua chocolate ganache, vanilla cupcakes with Amarula caramel icing and for the savoury palettes there were 3 types of mini quiche (spinach & feta, bacon and mushroom).

I also made a ‘shoe cake’ which took centre stage 🙂 while prosecco and Cosmopolitans flowed like Cool-aid, it was a fantastic afternoon!

As I mentioned, we ate lots of cake…

Birthday cake

All my lovely friends enjoying themselves and getting to know each other over Cosmos. Did I mention we finished a whole bottle of Vodka?!!

Birthday party friends

And delightfully unexpectedly, they brought me gifts! Friends to celebrate with AND presents to enjoy!!

I love baking cupcakes as much as I love eating them.

For my favourite, most treasured little girls, Lucie and Leonie, I baked these for their 1st birthday in June.

As part of my 5th wedding anniversary present to MrTwist, I signed us up for a baker’s cooking (baking) class which we went to on Thursday evening.

Taught by Chef Walter of The Proof of Pudding Cooking School, we had a fantastic time. If his bread is anything to go by, Walter is a brilliant chef. We learnt a lot, everything from the different types of flour (rye is so much like sawdust!) to learning the best backing techniques (steaming the bread in the oven for the firs 7 minutes before baking!). The course was well planned and perfectly presented in that of the 5 different bread types we prepared, there were samples already proofing and ready to bake when we had finished making our own batch. So we were able to experience everything from the mixing, kneading, shaping and baking – all in the 3 very fast hours of the class!

Here are photos I managed to take during the class as well as a few video clips.

Washing hands, checking out all the different floursPICT5696

No-knead brown bread, so quick and easy to make!


After 30 mins of rising time and ready for the oven: PICT5704

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The difference between rye and plain white bread dough. The rye is like a rock!


Loaves already proofing, ready for us to bake PICT5702

Rye bread in the making PICT5714 PICT5719 PICT5715

White bread fresh out the oven PICT5720

Rye bread fresh out the oven PICT5722

MrTwist’s creation – so much for baking rye bread! PICT5723

Our attempt at Pain Ordinaire left to rise during our lesson PICT5724

Zopf ready for the oven PICT5725

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Fresh out of the oven: Rye bread, plain white bread, mixed flour walnut bread, zopf and brown bread

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The video clips:– forgive the bad sound and noises coming from me, I didn’t mean to speak while filming, lol!

MrTwist Kneading rye bread – its not easy!

Chef Walter taking over from MrTwist at kneading the rye bread

Plaiting the Zopf

I highly recommend Proof of Pudding to any individuals, couples or groups. Chef Walter is experienced, well informed and most of all patient and the list of courses offered will definitely see us going back for more training!