Hello, hello and hope all of you have had a wonderful day so far. Germany is getting slightly cold and kind of rainy nowadays. As I spend my days in the office with my back to the window, I see rather very little of it. But as soon as I get out of the hotel I do sense the cold breeze and a shiver overcomes me. Those are the days when I do miss sunny India and the slightest thought takes me back to the past. It has been one and a half year now that I have been to Asia and I do think about it very often. Unfortunately I do not think that I will make it this year at all as each and every day is totally booked.
I remember those days when mom used to taunt us for not knowing how to cook at all. She tried hard to force us to watch her prepare various Indian dishes, but the interest was just not there. On top of that my father is in the restaurant business and we have the luxury of living right above the restaurant. And I suppose it is pretty clear, how little motivation we had to cook when mom was not at home, knowing that the restaurant is right below us. Years passed and we still had acquired very little cooking skills.
Then one day it was someone’s birthday, I do not remember who it was in particular. But we had totally forgotten to buy a birthday cake and moreover it was a Sunday. The problem was massive and mom had another very good excuse for blaming her daughters not knowing anything. Sofia was outraged and could not take it anymore being blamed. She searched for a recipe on the internet. As far as I remember it was a very simple sponge cake topped with pineapple slices. She collected the ingredients in a jiffy and was highly nervous and under pressure. She was so determined to present a fantastic cake that at the same time she was super scared to fail.
By tea time she had indeed made a cake, which was slightly raw but still very relish able. My mother is very easy to impress, so she was totally thrilled and made Sofia the official baking lady of the household. This is how Sofia climbed the ladder of baking and to her current talent (if that’s what you can call it).
My story is rather different and how we merged will be told someday in another post. So stay tuned! But let’s not forget that today we have a scrumptious recipe ready to be tried by you.
We have been posting quite different types of sweet delights since the past few days and even today we have something extraordinary for you. We present the yummy Milka-Hearts-Cake.
Equipment: 1 Springform Pan
Baking Time: 20-25 Minutes
Ingredients for the base:
2 Tbsp. Hot Water
1 Packet Vanilla sugar
100g All purpose Flour
1 Tsp. Baking Powder
Ingredients for the filling:
5 medium sized Bananas
2 Tbsp. Lemon Juice
100g Milk Chocolate
100g Dark Chocolate
150g soft Butter
1 Packet Vanilla Sugar
500ml whipping Cream
2 Packets Cream Stiffener (we recommend Dr. Oetker)
For Decoration: 12-16 Milka Hearts & 2 Tbsp. Chocolate flakes
1. Preheat the oven. To prepare the base mix the eggs and the water with a mixer on high speed until foamy. Mix the sugar and the vanilla sugar and gradually add it to the egg mixture and keep mixing for another 2 minutes.
2. Mix the flour and the baking powder and add it to the previously prepared mixture gradually. Make sure you keep mixing on the lowest speed now.
3. Butter the sides of a springform pan (diameter of 28cm) and lay the bottom out with baking paper. Pour the batter into the form and put it in the oven.
4. Take the base out of the springform pan and turn the cake upside down to remove the baking paper. Let it cool down.
5. For the filling peel the bananas and cut them across in half. Cut half of the halves in slices and leave the other halves aside. Pour some lemon juice on the banana slices to make sure they do not turn brown as you need them in the very end for decoration.
6. Break the milk and dark chocolate into small pieces and melt them in a water bath on low heat until you have liquid and creamy chocolate.
7. Separate the 3 eggs for the filling and mix the egg yolks with the butter and vanilla sugar until creamy. Add gradually the melted chocolate.
8. In a separate bowl whisk the egg whites stiff and add to the egg yolk mixture step by step.
9. Now beat the whipping cream and the cream stiffener until stiff.
10. So now everything is ready and just needs to be put together. Put the springform frame around the cake to ensure stability and spread the banana halves on the base. Cover the banana base with the cream mixture (put around 4 Tbsp. of the cream aside for decoration) and eventually cover it up with your chocolate mixture.
11. Let the cake cool down for 3 hours in the fridge.
12. Put the cream that you had left aside earlier in a small piping bag and decorate the cake as you like. Also use the milka hearts, the banana slices (the ones with lemon juice on top) and the chocolate flakes to make the cake an absolute eye candy.
Enjoy your delicious cake with a cup of hot tea, coffee or hot chocolate and do not forget to share 😉 Have a lovely Sunday!