Apricot and almond bliss balls

Week (10) of cakes – Easter, healthy stuff and a Victorian cake quiz! :)

Cake news and fun

Well, I could have called it Babka week after the four versions of babka I threw together – some of it’s in the freezer in case you’re wondering!  But after the final Chocolate, pecan, orange and cinammon babka I pulled my slightly heavier body together and made some healthier Easter stuff! 🙂

week 10 of cakes

I’d been wanting to make no-bake energy balls and suddenly thought of making them egg-shaped!!  Am I a genius?  Um… no!  🙂  But I did put a neglected Easter chocolate mould to good use and have fun playing with flavours and ingredients since there’s no reason healthy food should taste plain.  I’m very happy with my little coconut oil vegan creations.  The Chilli lime, almond butter cocoa bites actually look and taste like zingy chocolates!  While the Spirulina date and cranberry Easter bliss ball eggs and Apricot and almond eggs are also very tasty and moreish!  Mission accomplished – and just five little eggs left …

Then of course I needed something healthy and savoury.  You see how life revolves around my stomach.  So within 30 minutes (Jaime Oliver giving me a nod here) I produced healthy spelt curry scones from an earlier recipe on the blog.  But this time instead of white spelt flour I used half wholemeal spelt and half white spelt from ‘Gra de gracia‘, a new local health food shop.  Would the scones be heavier I wondered?  But no, light and even yummier!  Yes indeedy, healthier is tastier!

Healthy spelt curry scones

Healthy spelt curry scones (one has Marmite on it!)

Victorian cakes

And now for something completely different!  Here’s a little quiz for you:

  1. How is an ash-cake baked?  (Doh!)
  2. How often did Queen Victoria eat sponge cake?
  3. What’s a baby-cake?
  4. What’s van Houten famous for?
  5. In which country was the ‘cupcake’ invented and when?

Do you know?  I certainly didn’t!!  Well I had a few ideas.  You can check in the article Baby cake to Patty cake, written by my friend Tine on her impressively-researched blog The Dictionary of Victorian Insults and Niceties.  We had a little conversation where I expressed an interest in Victorian cakes.  Then she wrote the article!!!  Sweet!  Thanks Tine!

I’m also excited Tine and some of you might make cakes from the blog!!!  Woohoo!  Okay sweet reader, don’t forget if you eventually make stuff you can send photos to me at liliscakes@liliscakes.com or the facebook page for ‘your’ gallery.   And positive or negative feedback – I’ll try not to cry! 🙂  No really, I’d love to know how it goes and you can be honest.

Thank you!

And finally, I’ve been really moved (just cleaning my eye there) by all the ‘likes’ and lovely comments, the sweet congrats for the awards (couldn’t have done it without you all!) and happy response from new awardees.   Love all the communication!  Which reminds me:  Fuensanta of Lo He Cocinado Yo sent a sweet message to say she was so happy her Monas de pascua videoreceta (the Spanish Easter egg breads video recipe) has been rendered here in English and is now reaching more people!!  Me too – her recipe’s brilliant!S0064006So I’d really like to thank all you lovely people reading this for being here and being so sweet and motivating!  Thank you!!!  And hurray!!!  Have a healthy chocolate, or two or three!

Chilli lime almond butter cocoa bites

Have a cocoa bite!

May you have a beautiful long weekend and week ahead!  Happy baking, eating and sharing!!! 🙂 x

P.S.  How many answers did you get right in the Victorian cake quiz?

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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. :)

12 thoughts on “Week (10) of cakes – Easter, healthy stuff and a Victorian cake quiz! :)”

  1. Wow, you’ve been busy with a babka week Lili, it all looks so tempting, how can you put the brakes on when you bake all these delicious goodies? I’d be looking like a house if I had all those wonderful temptations close at hand. Well done, all gorgeous!

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    • Thank you Loretta!!! Very happy you like everything! 🙂 To be honest I think that by babka no.3 and 4 there’s a natural slowing down of the eating! Healthy stuff all looking very attractive now! 🙂


    • Thanks Sarah! Happy you like them … and they’re so easy to make! Just got back from your fun Easter snacks! They’re great!! 🙂


    • No worries – you can give me a photography quiz and see me say ‘doh!’ But thank you – very happy and motivated you like the photos! Still working on it..! 🙂

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    • Thank you skd! Happy you like the photos. Great you tried the quiz and no worries – don’t think anyone got all the answers!!! Perhaps we can have a contemporary cake quiz next time…! 🙂

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