My blog turns one! And that (and also the fact that I turned one year older as well and sucessfully completed my academic studies) calls for a celebration. And cake. And chocolate…well you know what I am getting at.
One year „Das Leben ist süß!“. I can´t believe how fast it went by. It started as an idea in the back of my head and now turned into this huge hobby that has not only taken over my life, but the life of my friends and family as well. My sister, my love and my friends are now benefitting from sweet treats on a regular basis, while my parents started hunting for props even without me. It´s great! What I like most about blogging is for one, the wonderful world of foodblogging where people are actually nice and supportive to each other. The internet can be pretty tough and mean spirited at times but it all stops when it comes to chocolate muffins. I mean, who writes a nasty comment on the recipe for the world best chocolate chip cookies? No one! It is just wonderful to see all those lovely blogs out there, see what they are doing and get inspired by their awesomeness. They are a huge inspiration to me and my striving to make the best out of this little blog. The other thing I love about blogging is that is has challenged me on so many creative levels. I have baked and cooked a lot my whole life but now it has become a regular thing with me trying to come up with my own recipes and create something new. I also never anticipated that I would like photography this much.
I am always really glad for the lovely comments I get. It makes me really happy when people like my recipes and share their experiences with me. You rock!
Now let´s celebrate. Every year, me and my siblings would get this cake for our birthday. We loved it (and still do) and I think it is the perfect way to celebrate this anniversary with you guys. The recipe itself is really simple. What makes it so special is the soft juicy center and all that chocolate and M&M or sprinkles we are putting on top. All the sprinkles!!
250 g butter (at room temperature)
125 g sugar
½ tbsp. lemon zest
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
1 tbsp. baking powder
1 tbsp. rum
300 g all-purpose flour
Chocolate sprinkles or chopped chocolate
For the topping: chocolate glaze, M&Ms or sprinkles.
1) Mix butter and sugar until white and fluffy. Add eggs, lemon zest, rum and vanilla extract and mix well. Carefully stir in flour, baking powder and chocolate sprinkles. Place the batter in a buttered cake pan.
2) Bake the cake in the preheated oven at 175°C for 30-40 minutes until it is lightly brown and a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Top with chocolate glaze and sprinkles.