Süsser Freitag

So according to this Oprah magazine list of ‘Super Foods’ I have, walnuts are a super food. That does include walnuts in cake form, right? No? Damn.

Today’s cake is a Walnuss-Eierlikör Sahneschnitte, so that’s right, walnuts and some more of that delicious Egg Nog-esque liquor. Soooo good. On the bottom there was a light cake layer, a dark, nutty cake layer, walnut cream, another cake layer, and then the eierlikör on the top. It was money, and hard-earned today. But more about that tomorrow…

Süsser Freitag

Today’s cake is a Joghurt Frühlingsschnitte, aka a yogurt spring cake. It had red currants, and either a peach or a nectarine… I can never tell the difference….

It was good. I think that’s the important part. 

In other news, check out this crazy sky I had at my place on Wednesday night….

Unfortunately my camera really doesn’t do it justice, but it was lovely. Speaking of lovely, the weather here has been pretty fantastic this week. It’s currently about 85°rees;F and sunny. The rumor is that it’s going to drop about 20 degrees tonight and be rainy all weekend. Let’s all hope that’s not the case because I just spent all afternoon sitting here writing my lesson plans for the week and being annoyed that I couldn’t sit on my balcony. So if it’s crummy all weekend I will be less than pleased. Bring on the sun!  

Süsser Freitag

I am happy to report that despite the rain being predicted by my weather ticker every day this week, it has been gloriously sunny all week. This has led to me spending the majority of this Friday on my balcony with a book as opposed to working, or dealing with the mess that resulted when I came back from Berlin and sort of chucked things everywhere instead of properly unpacking. But none of this is important…. what is important? 

Why cake. Of course. Today’s cake is a Donauwelle, which means it’s apparently a river wave. I’ve never been on/in/near a river made of marble cake, sour cherries, cream, and topped with chocolate, but if any of you have, please tell me where to find it. It was ridiculously rich though, which means that half of it is still sitting in my refrigerator to be dealt with at a later point in time. 

And what goes with cake better than a nice drink? When in Berlin this week, we spotted a 6-pack of Caipirinha, aka, the famous cocktail out of Brazil. To be honest, I don’t know if I’ve ever even had one in the U.S., but they’re pretty popular here and delicious. Germany has beer out the wazoo, but so far I haven’t seen too many drinks in the vein of Mike’s Hard Whatever, or any other type of pre-mixed malt liquors. So I decided to try it next time I saw it, and handily my Rewe had it on offer in a 6-pack or individual bottles. I picked up two and it is pretty tasty. Not quite as good as a Caipi in it’s normal form, but if you’re lazy like me, it’s great.  

Süsser Samstag

Sorry for the delay on the weekly cake post. I did have cake at lunch yesterday, but it was part of a buffet offering and not really pretty enough to merit a picture. And I didn’t have my camera. But today…

A spring carrot cake, courtesy of Der Beck. This was probably one of the best carrot cakes I’ve ever had. There was soooo  much carrot in here, it was amazing. I do love the cream cheese frosting that you usually find on carrot cake in the U.S., but this light frosting was quite good as well. This was a great compliment to a cup of tea and videos on a rainy Saturday afternoon.

Süsser Freitag

Getting cake today was a bit of a challenge. Here in Deutschland, Good Friday or Karfreitag is an official holiday. This of course means that everything is closed. This week was a bit crazy with work and the computer issues, so that meant my grocery shopping time was severely limited. I headed into the center today, hoping that at least the farmer’s market, the Easter market, or at least my stand-by bakeries would be open so I could get a few things. But no luck. Everything was closed with the exception of Starbucks, and a handful of gelato stands or döner-type places. 

Luckily, there is always the train station. The fact that shops in the train station are allowed to remain open on Sundays and holidays has saved my butt on many occasions now. I’ll still have to go out tomorrow to pick up veggies and so on, which should be fun as stores are normally nutty on Saturdays, and will probably be even worse due to the holiday and 4-day weekend for everyone. Fun fun. But I’ll live. Cake!

As per usual, the tags above the cakes didn’t necessarily correspond to what you got, but I think the girl said this was Holunder-Kirsch Torte. Or something to that effect. So if that’s true, it was an elderberry/cherry mix. There were definitely cherries, so I believe that part of it. But I’m not really familiar with elderberries so I don’t know what they are supposed to taste like. It was good. I’ll go with that. But the sticky consistency of the top crust meant that it stayed together as the rest of the cake fell apart, so it was not the neatest cake in the world. But it all ends up in the same place, right?

Today is also very important for a non-Easter related reason….

… that’s right, it’s Opening Day for the Brewers! So I’m sporting my Christmas gift from my sister, picked up a couple of beers, and will be anxiously checking the score later this evening. I’ll only be slightly jealous of my friends who are getting to watch the game live, or enjoying it on big-screen TV’s, eating beer-battered brats, and hearing the sound of the bat on the ball. 

Wait a minute… I live in Germany, land of beer and bratwurst. I should totally get a grill for my balcony. Any ideas if that’s legal?  

Süss Freitag

Happy Friday from the land of blue skies and wonderful spring temperatures! It has been absolutely gorgeous this whole week, and people are migrating to the outdoor world again.

To be honest, I have absolutely no idea what kind of cake I got this week, as the tags at the bakery were all cattywampus. Yes, that is a word. But here’s what it looked like…

It was a great choice, and a great mix of cake and fruit. The cake was almost creamy; it was thick without being heavy. On top were mandarin oranges and red currants in a creamy topping with crispy nut slices. Delish. 

In other news….

my geranium from last year survived! It has the first flowers of the year on it, and I am extremely proud of myself. There were a few times I didn’t think it was going to make it, but it persevered. The jury is still out on my dahlia. It had some green sprouts on it but I chopped the hell out of it the other day because they eventually turned brown. So we’ll see if it comes back from it’s chopping. 

I’m off tomorrow morning to visit the Villagers, and I’m looking forward to some springy walks in the countryside. Enjoy your weekends and the nice weather!

Frühling Süss Freitag

That’s right, I’m calling it. It might be spring. 

I walked out of the house this morning and there was…. a warm breeze! Wind that was not cold… and the peasants rejoice! It’s about 72°F/22°C right now, which is damn near perfekt.

On the walk to the city, it seemed like everyone was outside. Not to mention that almost every window was flung open. All the outdoor seating at the cafes was full, people had sunglasses on and the Vespa parking area was packed. It was glorious.

In honor of this new season, today’s cake is full of spring-y goodness.

This was a fantastic Rhabarber-Erdbeer Sahnetorte from my local Der Beck. I highly recommend going and getting yourself a slice. I know a lot of people aren’t big rhubarb fans, but I think they would get over it if they tried this. So get going. And open your windows while you’re at it!!

Please excuse my mess.

We Now Return to Our Regularly Scheduled… Cake.

After a few weeks hiatus, I am happy to report that Süss Freitag is back on schedule. Today’s cake comes from the bakery down the street and was the perfect complement to the lovely springy day…

Yellow cake on the bottom, gargantuan strawberries on the top. Seriously, they were huge. Almost alarmingly large. 

Cake was my dinner today, as I met with my Sprachduo friend Eva for lunch. We went to Chong’s Diner in Nürnberg, as Eva had told me that she had never had a hamburger before. Well, she’d never had a non-McDonald’s hamburger. As all expats know and lament, it is not easy to find a decent burger abroad, but Chong’s does an okay job. And if they’re lacking in taste, they certainly make up for it in size. The burger is enormous, the bun is bigger, and they put huge pieces of lettuce, tomato, and cucumber (yep, I guess that’s a pickle), on the burgers. And the burgers come with an absolute mountain of French Fries. It’s definitely one of those meals that you can’t even come close to cleaning your plate. But I think Eva enjoyed it, and I enjoyed watching her attempt to eat the burger with a knife and fork at the end when it was falling all over. A messy burger is not for the faint of heart.

I also brought her a few pieces of candy, including a Reese’s P.B.C., and she thanked me and said she’d put it away for Easter. Turns out she gave up chocolate for Lent… luckily she doesn’t know how awesome those things are, otherwise it would be a rough few weeks. There’s no way you could put one of those in front of me and tell me not to eat it for that long. What can I say, I lack self-restraint. 

After lunch, I headed over to the Hauptmarkt to pick up some veggies, and I also got some great spring flowers. I’m still hoping my Dahlia from last year isn’t entirely dead… there are a few bits of green poking up, so I’m hoping it comes back. And my geranium appears to have survived the winter, but it doesn’t look like it’ll be blooming any time soon. So I picked up a Hyacinth bulb, a Crocus….

Normal light
Dramatic late-afternoon light

… and a Cyclamen. Which I had to Google this afternoon because I had no idea what it was when I bought it. It was unlabeled, but I thought it was pretty and so I had to figure out how not to kill it. 

Just look at that blue sky. 

It was really great just to be out in the nice weather the last few days, and even better to see people walking around and enjoying it. The ice cream stands are opening back up, birds are chirping, the cafes have the chairs back outside (with blankets, it’s not that warm yet!), and that means the beer gardens will be opening soon. So happy almost-Spring to all!

Süß Freitag on Samstag.

Many apologies… I got a little bit tied up yesterday (more on that later), so I forgot to post the weekly cake! But better late than never, right?

The chocolate sprinkles were what initially sold me, and then I saw the name… Apfel Calvados Sahnetorte. If you’ve been following these cake posts for more than two minutes, you are well aware of my feelings on Sahnetorte. Mainly that it is all that is good and right in this world. So that + apple sounded good to me. When I got home I Googled ‘Calvados,’ and discovered that it’s an apple brandy from Fabulous France. 

BEST. COMBINATION. EVER. Seriously. This cake was absolutely fantastic. It fulfilled all of my requirements: 1) Cake, 2) Chocolate, 3)Alcohol.*

It’s the simple things in life. 

*Note: I’m not an alcoholic, it was just that kind of day.