torta di verdura

Week (7) of cakes and photos ‘connecting’ a BIG slice, climbing and nature!

Cake news and fun

Another week of cakes with a golden (well, orangey) oldie turning up in a new round shape, the blood orange tart.  The raspberry and chocolate cake is still being tested and needs prettying but the five-spices apple and courgette cake is about to be blasted into recipe cyberspace (where no chef has gone before) … woohoo!  And last but not least is the first cake in our savoury series: the delicious and healthy family favourite, la Torta di verdura.   Bit of variety there for you!week 7 of cakes

And I finally got round to covering my Christmas fruitcake with marzipan (yes, Christmas!).  You know these cakes are made two or three months in advance so the rum does its magic and the flavours develop?  (recipe will be posted October!) Well, made mine last December so it’s time it was eaten!  Tried hard to make it look BIG for our photo101 assignment, with my little figurines deciding how to eat this slice:

Slice of fruitcake

Who wants first bite of the fruitcake?

Then I took quick natural shot after climbing keeping the rule of thirds in mind.  There are definite lines but I feel it’s flat, lacking foreground or oomph.  Will try again this weekend. WP_20150307_18_38_18_SmartShootThe healthy sugar-free apple cake made it out rock-climbing with me.  And though I obviously didn’t take this photo, it’s a ‘model’ for me to follow in future as the friend taking it generally gets excellent shots and I must learn from them!  It’s a ‘connect’ photo as requested on our course and I’m connecting with my fellow climbers through cakes and their sense of humour! 600_434968559I did take this photo myself:DSCF6883Here are my climbing friends on the new bouldering wall in my flat.  The climbing hold’s being connected to the wooden frame with an allen key.  The climber’s connecting her movements to traverse the wall and we all connect through our love of climbing!  You get the idea.  There’s a lot of connecting happening and I won’t go on because I can visualise you pulling at your hair going ‘Aaarrgh! Make her stop!’

After setting up the holds and training we ate cake by the way!  It’s not a bad life.

I’ll be off to the kitchen now.  Hoping you’re having a lovely week and connecting with the people you love and things you enjoy doing!  Till next time and happy clicking, eating. cooking and baking! 🙂

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Baking on Sundays with my French mum was a lovely part of my childhood. Later I experimented with baking books or internet recipes and did the pâtisserie course at Le Cordon Bleu Paris. Still trying out new recipes and inventing cakes with influences from all around the world, including some healthier ones. Yes, love cakes!!! Hope you'll love them too and have fun baking. :)

6 thoughts on “Week (7) of cakes and photos ‘connecting’ a BIG slice, climbing and nature!”

    • Thank you!!! 🙂 I haven’t posted the recipe for this cake yet but there’s a similar cake linked at the invisible story of a fruitcake ( and the recipe is a guest post with Hogrider Dookes’ blog. If you put lots of rum on it after a week then after a month, it will become a real fruitcake!! 🙂


  1. Just gorgeous, you’re the Queen of Cakes for sure Lili. Love the looks of that fruitcake with marzipan and also the blood orange tart.

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    • Thank you Loretta! Very kind of you (especially since I have had a few issues experimenting wtih cakes lately!). I am happy you like the look of the cakes! 🙂


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