Marlenka – Honey Cake

Traditional Slovak Honey Cake is a delicious & flavorful layered cake with the main ingredient being Honey. Popular in many Eastern European countries, Ukraine & Russia, each having their own, a slightly different version of the same cake, is this Honey cake prepared mostly around Christmas or during cold, winter months. To make Marlenka, you…

Honey & Cherry Cornbread

I am into cherries. Cherries together with plums were in the last couple of weeks my one and the only fruit I baked with. Somehow they always went really well with spiced, slightly warming and comforting cakes and pastries that I baked since the beginning of this fall. I like to keep things simple and…

Banana Power Bites

This cake always brings back memories of when I lived in Nepal. I used to bake it once a month for a regular trail-race competition I used to participate in. Each runner in the competition got a piece of my Banana Power Bite to energize before the long run. One thing to real quick mention here…

Lemon-Saffron Loaf with Poppy Seeds

This delicious Lemon-Saffron Loaf is an elevated version of an all-time classic – traditional lemon pound cake. Lemon pound cake is one of my favorite comfort-treats enjoyed with an afternoon coffee or as sweet breakfast on weekends mornings. I tried two versions of the loaf – one plain and simple without anything on top –…

Spiced Cherry Lavash Cake

This is the cake of my childhood – and brings back memories of celebrating birthdays and name days with my family around the table. Most of the time with this very same cake. Traditionally we use ladyfinger biscuits instead of the lavash bread but lately, I was experimenting a lot with my recently most favorite…

Orange & Olive Oil Muffins

Sweet and tangy. Simple yet sophisticated – Sunday morning & Friday night. That was just a few words that described those refreshing (and pretty) summer muffins that are, straightforward – enjoyed more by adults than kids. Strong flavor and aftertaste of olive oil is what makes them insanely delicious, irresistible, and kind of adult-ish. Your…

Moist Bundt Cake – Basic Recipe

Bundt Cake is a Slovak classic. If it’s a lazy Sunday afternoon treat or busy weekday breakfast you can’t go wrong with a Bundt Cake. The beauty of this cake is that it can be as simple and plain, made with just a couple of basic ingredients, as it can be luxurious and decadent, topped…

Mini Pavlovas

In the last couple of weeks, I’ve been teaching classes on traditional Eastern European pastries where I only use egg yolks. Hence, ten egg whites in my fridge were getting older and older as I was trying to figure out what delicious treat they could turn into. Chocolate mousse did not sound very exciting to…

Fit Beetroot Brownies

Who loves beets in cakes as I do, will definitely love this moist and fudgy chocolate brownie that doesn’t just taste great but is on the healthier side of sweet treats as well. With this recipe, I am not aiming to imitate the taste of pure-chocolate brownies and hide the taste of beets to snack…

Poppy Seed Cake with Mascarpone Mousse and Berries

Lately, I got into baking traditional Slovak recipes and friends, I love it. Slovak cuisine is full of amazingly delicious dishes and sweets. Sweets, cakes, and desserts are a big part of our culture. If it’s three-course Sunday lunch or time for a Wednesday afternoon coffee, there is always a good reason for a nice…