Soaking christmas cake dried fruit

Week (34) of cakes – a whirlwind tour and a funny card!

Cake news and fun

This last week has been a whirl of Japanese cheesecake, Christmas fruitcake and spiced fruit en papillote activity!  The Christmas cake saga continues and I should whip up some Halloween treats so I’m keeping this cake roundup short.  Hope you don’t mind and might even appreciate a shorter post.Week 34 of cakes

First, Japanese cheesecakes have been a delightful revelation for me.  Light, fluffy, tasty and amazing.  I thoroughly enjoyed the many prototypes for my citrus cotton soft Japanese cheesecake.  As did my climbing friends and I can’t resist reposting this photo of them eating it with me.  They’re just so lovely and cheerful!  🙂

Climbers eating Japanese cheesecake at the rockI also intend to make not one but several Christmas fruitcakes with ginger so I can eat some this week and not have to wait till Christmas!  Lol.  Will give you more details of my crafty Multiple-Xmas-Cake-Eating 5-point Plan with the recipe I’ll post very soon.  If you’d like to start soaking your dried fruit now here’s part of the illustrated recipe (quantities are for a round 20cm cake). 'Soaking fruit' colour illustrationFinally, if you want something fast and simple you can’t go wrong with spiced fruit en papillote, steam-baked in baking paper.  The most amazingly easy, effective, delicious, adaptable, beautiful, simple, aromatic dessert I’ve come across in a while.  I could easily add more adjectives but I’ll just let you gaze at a photo of it teamed up with the Japanese cheesecake.  What a lovely couple…

spiced fruit en papillote with Japanese cheesecake

spiced fruit en papillote with Japanese cheesecake

Oooh so fast and so short.  Thank you for visiting and coming on this whirlwind cake tour sweet reader.  Hope you’re having a lovely week.  Quick hugs – I feel I’ve known some of you a while now.  Happy baking and eating! 🙂 x

P.S.  Here’s a funny card someone gave my mum, who reckons it works for both of us.  🙂  Which are you, the person on the left or the right? lol

funny card



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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. :)

8 thoughts on “Week (34) of cakes – a whirlwind tour and a funny card!”

    • Thank you Deborah! Happy you like the array of cakes and ‘still life’. Reminds me of your great idea to print some cake photos and have them around the house! 🙂 … I should also go and do some exercise now! 🙂

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  1. Hi Lili!
    I’m on board with the Christmas cake, but will have to hold off for a couple of weeks. I will though be following and making the recipe, I fancy a bit of ginger around Christmas this year!
    Bike crazy as ever! Dookes

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    • Hi Dookes! Good to hear from you and to know you’re having fun on the bike! 🙂 Great… looking forward to seeing your Christmas cake! 🙂 Lili


    • Thanks Julie! Yes, do try or make Japanese cheesecake whenever you get the chance. It’s lovely. Very happy you enjoyed all the cakes here! 🙂

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