Week 11 of cakes

Week (11) of cakes and the foodstagram diet!

Cake news and fun

Last week promised healthy goodness and a happy chocolate buzz with the appearance of easy no-bake heavenly cocoa bites and slices!!!  And there was a healthy tart with some rather adventurous flavours:  Chinese 5 spices and tamarind Apple tarte tatin with maple syrup caramel!  Would you dare make this?!  Because you’d find it surprisingly delicious!

Then my bout of healthiness took a slight plunge as a chef kindly gave me a recipe for their Tres Leches cake!  I felt I should attempt making it (for the first time ever) before posting the cake challenge.  More news and the cake interview coming very soon!

Finally, I broke with tradition yesterday and took spirulina date and cranberry bliss balls to the rock and not cake (nooo!).  The energy balls were a throw-everything-in version and less sweet with added cocoa.  They proved popular later in the day with climber friends joking about their magical energy-giving properties.  Yes,  we all went shooting up the rock.  There were those who missed their cake though …  🙂

Charlottes are easy!

And talking about cake, have a look at this wonderful raspberry charlotte that enthusiastic sweet reader Kate made, now starring in the ‘stuff you guys made from the blog’ gallery!  I’m quoting from a lovely message she sent which might motivate anyone who feels charlottes are tricky:  ‘It tasted amazing and will definitely become a regular pudding in our household … I must admit that I was dreading the assembly part but in reality it was really easy, the sponge fingers didn’t  break and it didn’t turn into a soggy mess as I was fearing it might … it was yummy.

I confess it makes my day to get messages like this and feel I’m helping someone assemble and enjoy a cake!  Thanks Kate!

Raspberry charlotte

Loads of raspberries inside and on top, and a great soft sponge finger casing!

Going on a foodstagram diet

Let’s have a little cat stretch now and relax looking at cake and chocolate photos!  Maybe on Instagram?  Not long ago I was blissfully unaware of this phenomenon, invented in 2010 so people could easily share their photos on social networks.  A huge trend has developped for taking snaps of meals with popular tags like #food, #foodstagram and #foodporn so the whole world can drool jealously over your edible goodies.  Tired of constant camera flashes, some restaurants have banned customers from taking photos!

Paradoxically, looking at photos of food might not have the effect you expect!  A Daily Mail article online has reported that according to a study at Brigham Young university in Utah, looking at too many photos of food can actually put people off eating, curbing their appetite!  Thus the new ‘foodstagram diet’!!!

I’m not totally convinced as my will to eat cake seems unaffected by massive photo input.  But it might work for you sweet reader so there you go:  look at this blog, keep drooling, follow me on instagram and lose weight!!!  Simple … hee hee! 🙂

And on that note dear reader, I’ll wish you a very happy and slimming start of the week looking at sweet treats!  You’re not alone!  🙂

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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. :)

4 thoughts on “Week (11) of cakes and the foodstagram diet!”

    • That’s great Sarah! Every time I see your message I burst out laughing! 🙂 The whole foodstagram diet thing is hilarious and I’m very happy you’re joining me on it!! 🙂


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