The festive season’s a great excuse to make cakes with the family and the Passionfruit mousse and pomegranate pavlova with raspberries disappeared in 20 minutes flat. My tentative remarks ‘Shall we save some for later?’ were swept aside with the last crumbs of meringue. Lol. It was absolutely delicious and has convinced me pavlova is indeed the perfect Christmas cake and not just in Australia and New Zealand! It was also the cake that almost broke my 11-year-old niece Eloise who usually loves whisking. Yes, we hand-whisked the pavlova. Okay, mostly my niece with her superpower: whisking faster than the speed of light.You’ll be pleased to know she recovered and was up and about whisking another meringue the very next day to make a deliciously light Japanese cotton soft cheesecake. Yay!
The passion fruit bonanza
Another popular treat with the family was the passion fruit and raspberry tart so beloved by all. It’s pretty straightforward and you make an easy glaze for the top with sugar, water, and the pulp of one passion fruit! It’s an adapted Cordon Bleu recipe, like our new year’s eve cake the raspberry and passion fruit mousse cake (entremets), a lovely light fruity concoction. It’s so light mum and me polished off a third of the cake just testing it! Oops. Both recipes coming soon, this year.
In case you’re wondering, I arrived in the UK for the holidays to discover mum had bought 25 passion fruits. They were on special offer at 5 for a pound. Thus the various passion fruit treats! Yum. 🙂
The easiest, moistest, yummiest cake
Last week I posted my first adapted recipe from the Cordon Bleu course: flourless lemon almond cake. Understandably it was the winner you voted for in the ‘I’d like the recipe for … ‘ polls. It’s fast, easy and delicious. And gluten-free.
Aaaand it travels and freezes really well. Can’t praise it enough and can’t wait to take some on my next climbing trip in Spain! I think one of your new year’s resolutions should be to make this cake and some other more involved cakes here too! Tee hee. 🙂 I confess my new year’s resolution is to make more cakes. Lol.
A funny cake interview
Well last year I forgot to mention a delightfully amusing article my friend Curtis Bausse posted on his blog Journey of a Blogvelist. He interviewed my pomegranate red velvet cake and she was awfully flattered. She came back all bashfully cock-a-hoop, still batting her icing lashes. If you like cakes and want a good giggle then do read Thursday Interview: Red Velvet Cake. And you can see the lovely Christmas rendition of this pomegranate red velvet cake Curtis baked himself, in his Thursday interview: Rudolph Reindeer. Of course it’s also very interesting to read about Rudolph’s calfhood. Poor deer.
Instagram best of 2015
And just to say goodbye to my 2015 cake year, I’ll leave you with my ‘best of nine’ collage – they got the most likes on my instagram account.
I think the Moka coffee cake was quite popular too, along with these pages: lining a French tart ring with pastry and blind baking, a fairytale – the cake dream, and Italian meringue macaron shells. Let me know if you have any favourites from 2015.
Happy new year 2016!
So sweet reader, thank you so much for dropping in today and maybe following or visiting throughout 2015 with your likes and comments. I’m looking forward to seeing more of you in 2016 and visiting you too of course if you have a blog. I hope you have a wonderful year ahead and that all your wishes may come true. Also wishing you a yearful of happy baking and eating! 🙂 Lili x