Saturday, 31 December 2011

Candy Cane Sprinkles

It has been sort of an obsession already for years during the holiday season....Candy Canes! I just love Candy Canes!!I collect them in all sorts and shapes, because no Candy Cane is the same.

Unwrapping them can be a little bit of a hassle. I hate it when they break into a few pieces, trying to remove the plastic. Not wanting to waste any of the broken pieces I make sprinkles of them. And besides tasting yummie, they look gorgeous as well!

Just put your broken Candy Cane(s) in the food processor and cut them into little pieces. Don't overblend it, because then you will end up with "sugar" and you want to have the structure and colours ofcours of the gorgeous Candy Canes.
Don't make more then you need, you can't store the sprinkles really well, they get sticky.
Use your sprinkles on your Cupcakes, cookies, cakes or like I did on macarons.

This is already the last post of the year; Wishing you all a very Happy, Healthy and Blessed 2012. Filled with good times spend with your loved ones and lot's of sweetness!

Thank you for stopping by the blog this past year, looking forward to inspiring you in 2012!

Friday, 23 December 2011

Winter Spice Cookie

With Christmas almost here, our house is starting to smell delicious! We are doing some serious baking with the family...And ofcourse Christmas Cookies have to be a part of this!
In my last post I mentioned my husbands enormous dislike of ginger; Gingerbreadcookies are out of the question! But it wouldn't be wright not to decorate cookies.
So I came up with these Winter Spice cookies...They are absolutely delicious!! With a cup of coffee, hot chocolate, tea, breakfast, lunch, after dinner...And the good thing about this recipe is; the cookies are wonderful to decorate with icing. The taste of the winterspices combine delicious with icing and after baking they have the wright "shape" to ice them. Not to high, not to flat, beautiful and delicious structure, remain in perfect shape during baking...What are you waiting for? There is still enough time to start baking before Christmas!

Winter Spice Cookies

2 cups of all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup brown sugar (bruine basterdsuiker)
1/2 cup butter
3 tablespoons Winter Spice Mix
1 egg (M)
1/2 cup molasses (schenkstroop)
pinch of salt

Mix the butter and brown sugar together in the bowl of the electric standing mixer, high speed until it's a smooth mixture. Scrape sides of the bowl when needed.

Add Spice mix, pinch of salt, baking powder, egg and molasses and mix until well combined. Again, scrape sides of the bowl when needed.
Then mix in the flour; make sure your dough is firm, not sticky (add more flour if needed).

Wrap your dough in plastic foil and let it rest for half an hour in the fridge. Take your dough out of the fridge after half an hour and let it rest on the counter about two hours before using.

Roll out your dough on a floured working surface, about 0,5 cm thick, and cut out the shapes.
Bake them in a preheated oven (160 degrees Celsius), depending on size and shape, for about 10-14 minutes. After removing the cookies from the oven, place them on a wired rack to cool.

Now you're ready to decorate....or eat :) Enjoy!

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Winter Spice Mix

Christmas is coming close and I'm looking forward to spending time with my family. Enjoying wonderful company of my loved ones and delicious food. The tradition of Gingerbreadhouses is starting to become more populair in Holland. Which I'm happy about because I just love baking and decorating them!
Unfortunately, my dear husband doesn't eat ginger! Really, he hates ginger!! The smell of it, the taste of it, the look of it, try presenting a Gingerbreadhouse in the dinnertable then...
To let him enjoy the sweets as well I came up with my own Winter Spice Mix, filled with delicious sents of gorgeous spices!

This Winter Spice Mix is easy to make and I promise you; you will never use a store bought spice mix again. Make sure you use a good quality of spices. It takes a little time but I like to ground the Nutmeg, Anis and Cardamon myself.

Winter Spice Mix
120 gr. Cinnamon
8 gr. Cardamom
15 gr. Nutmeg
20 gr. Anis

Mix all of the spices together, I use a blender (keep the lid on a minute after mixing!) Make a big batch of the mix and store it in a airtight container in your spice cubboard.

You can use the Winter Spice Mix for a lot of delicious treats; Cake, Cupcakes, for all the Dutch bakers...pepernoten. Or share under the Christmas tree as a present!

To complete your gift, use the download for the cute Christmas labels I made for you...Enjoy!

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Torta di Castagne

Not to long ago is was still sunny and warm for the time of year, over here in Holland. Autumn is still showing it's face in so many ways. It's getting more cold every day, but there are still leaves on the trees in the most gorgeous colours!
Just recently I went to the forest with my family and we enjoyed a long walk, with Autumn showing it's face everywhere in beautiful ways...

As we do every year, we looked for chestnuts. We found them allright! We always look for Chestnuts near the same tree. A tree near the caste of Zypendeal. My grandmother and my mother always looked for chestnuts at this same tree. It makes me happy to be there with my family now. We took the chestnuts home to bake this delicious cake, but we left enough there for the animals in the forest....

This cake is Italian and not to sweet. I love the moist texture and the delicate taste of good chocolate in it. It has all the flavour of Autumn in it.

Torta di Castagne

250 gr peeled chestnuts
100 ml cream
125 gr brown sugar (bruine basterdsuiker)
35 gr sugar
6 eggs, yolks and whites separated
50 gr butter, room temparature
50 gr chocolate, melted (I love real bitter chocolate in this cake!)

A cake tin of 20 cm / 8 inches, sides brushed with butter and floured

Prehate your oven on 200 degrees, celsius.
With a sharp knife,make a cross in the flat side of every chestnut. Place them in the oven in a roasting tray and leave them there for about 20 minutes.

Let the chestnuts cool a few minutes, not too long though! If they cool they get more difficult to peel.
Now just take a seat and peel away...

When you have 250 gr of peeled chestnuts, bring them to a boil in the cream on low heat. The cream will be taken in by the chestnuts. When they are soft and mushy, let them cool for a moment.
Placed the mixture in a kitchen machine and ground them until you have chestnut flour (simulair to almond flour in texture).

Mix sugar and egg yolks until you have a light yellow creamy mixture. Add butter. When the butter in incorperated, add chocolate and chestnut flour.

Wisk egg whites with the white sugar until a soft peak stage. Carefully fold the egg whites into the chestnut mixture.
Pur the batter into the prepared cake tin and bake in a preheated oven for about 35-45 minutes. Check if the cake is done by placing a skewer in the middle of the cake. If it comes out clean, the cake is done. Don't overbake this delicious cake, because it will get to dry.

Mascarpone frosting

Ofcourse you need a real good frosting to serve your cake with. Because the Torta di Castagne is not very sweet, you can add a little bit more sugar to the mascarpone if you prefer.

250 gr Mascarpone
75 gr butter
150 gr icing sugar, sifted

Place mascarpone, butter and sugar in a mixing bowl and at medium speed mix until you have a smooth frosting like concistency.
Place frosting in the fridge and allow it to set a little bit, for about two hours.

Serve your Torta di Castagne with frosting on top and sprinkle a little bit of finely chopped chocolate on it.

Enjoy and taste the Autumn!

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Life is good.

Get yourself a lovely cup of tea and sit back....To watch this wonderful movie made by Unicorn Wedding Films Ryan and Mascha don't just make weddingvideo's. They make a film in which you and your loved ones are captured in a way, you will share with your grandchildren over years to come. During the workshop of Christine Meintjes I was amazed about how invisable Ryan and Mascha were with their camera's. Somehow they captured all the beautiful moments of that day and amazed me with the end result. Without me seeing the camera.

When the movie was finished I was in Italy. And although I loved the little village where we stayed (in the middle of sunny, gorgeous Tuscany) , I got a bit frustrated when I received an email from Ryan and Mascha. I could only read the mail on my phone. Internet was something not really available together with our dolcis and cappucino....So I had to wait until we arrived at the house of our friends in Pisa before seeing the movie.
After dinner I rushed to the computer. There, in the old centre of Pisa, after having dinner in an Italian city garden underneath a heavenly smelling Wisteria, I watched this movie for the first time and was happy. Just plain happiness, that I get to work with so many talented, sweet, kind and inspiring people....Life is good. Just watch the movie :)

Christine Meintjes Photo Workshop -THE MOVIE- from Ryan de Wit on Vimeo.

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Eye Candy

What do you get when you fill a room with lot's of talented photographers? First of all a brilliant picture taken by Gerhard Nel.

And lot's of yellow and sunny eyecandy! From Inge Jong-Van Tiel I received these gorgeous photo's!

Or how about these from Corinne Delis? With dinner after the workshop I sat at the table with Corinne and Inge and I had a wonderful evening. Almost missed my train home. These ladies are so kind and passionate about weddingphotography!

And I couldn't let you miss out on these pics by Jennifer Hejna!

And last but definitely not least!! Feast your eyes on this eye candy, by Anouschka Rokebrand

I'm sorry for the overload on pics but they are all so gorgeous, I can't let you miss out on one of them.

The amazing vendors working together on this shoot:

Photo's on this blog: Christine Meintjes
Behind the scenes photographer: Gerhard Nel Photography
Photolocation: Landgoed Te Werve
Organisation: Anouschka Rokebrand and
Jo-Anne van der Lelij
Styling: a collaboration between Jo-Anne , Nancy and Brigitte
Ceremoniemeesters van der Lelij: Jo-Anne van der Lelij
Hair and Make-up: Cynthia Heydra for Hey Beauty
Flowers: Pink9Design, Nancy & Edwin
Weddingdress and shoes: Victors Wedding Design
Stationery (by Envelopments): MarryWise, Brigitte Mes
Cake, cupcakes: My Sweet Appetite, Marieke de Korte
Outfit groom: Roka
Videography: Unicorn Wedding Films, Ryan de Wit

Sunday, 30 October 2011

Christine Meintjes Part Two

The summer is pretty much gone in Holland...Weddings with bright, romantic colours are making room for Autumn and Winterweddings. So here is some last bit of bright yellow for you! Are you feeling the sunshine?
When Christine Meintjes told us the colour palette for this styled shoot I had my doubts, I admit...But I just love how all of the yellow turned out!

I adore the choice of flowers by Pink9Design. The little daisies, gorgeous yellow roses and also the very stylish succulents.

And how about the gorgeous stationary from Marrywise (Cardwise)... Photo by Anouscka Rokebrand.

The next photo was made by the sweet and talented Anouschka Rokebrand. I love the summer colours in this picture. And the beautiful couple in this styled shoot were actually just married in real life! Have a look at their own weddingday here

Christine Meintjes made some photo's of Nelleke and Marinus that made me silent. And that doesn't happen a lot :)

Just one more then...Because you need to see this one!

The amazing vendors working together on this shoot:

Photo's on this blog: Christine Meintjes
Behind the scenes photographer: Gerhard Nel Photography
Photolocation: Landgoed Te Werve
Organisation: Anouschka Rokebrand and
Jo-Anne van der Lelij
Styling: a collaboration between Jo-Anne , Nancy and Brigitte
Ceremoniemeesters van der Lelij: Jo-Anne van der Lelij
Hair and Make-up: Cynthia Heydra for Hey Beauty
Flowers: Pink9Design, Nancy & Edwin
Weddingdress and shoes: Victors Wedding Design
Stationery (by Envelopments): MarryWise, Brigitte Mes
Cake, cupcakes: My Sweet Appetite, Marieke de Korte
Outfit groom: Roka
Videography: Unicorn Wedding Films, Ryan de Wit

Saturday, 27 August 2011

Christine Meintjes Workshop

If you found me on Facebook (yes, the facebook button on my site is coming soon...), then you must have seen these photo's already! But hey, they are all so gorgeous and inspiring, you won't mind to see them again, will you :) ?

The wonderful, sweet and talented Anouschka Rokebrand is not only one of my most favourite wedding photographers in Holland. She and her husband Raymond organize workshops in Holland, taught by worldwide leading wedding photographers. I think it's so amazing Anouschka and Raymond take the time to do all this and still make gorgeous photo's themselves! And I also think it's so wonderful that she creates the opportunity for other photographers to learn and get inspired!

Christine Meijntjes visited Holland recently to teach a workshop wedding photography and Anouscha arranged together with Jo-Anne van der Lelij a styled location for Christine and the students to work in. Guess who was lucky enough to make the cake..? All the vendors I got to meet that wonderful yellow day and work with were so kind and inspiring!

Christine is an amazingly talented wedding photographer from South Africa and co-founder of The Pretty Blog! Just take a look of the photo's she took this day.. More to come in another blog, there is so much eye candy to share! Promise I will talk less and let the photo's tell the story..

And ofcourse the amazing vendors:

Photo's on this blog: Christine Meintjes
Behind the scenes photographer: Gerhard Nel Photography
Photolocation: Landgoed Te Werve
Organisation: Anouschka Rokebrand and
Jo-Anne van der Lelij
Styling: a collaboration between Jo-Anne , Nancy and Brigitte
Ceremoniemeesters van der Lelij: Jo-Anne van der Lelij
Hair and Make-up: Cynthia Heydra for Hey Beauty
Flowers: Pink9Design, Nancy & Edwin
Weddingdress and shoes: Victors Wedding Design
Stationery (by Envelopments): MarryWise, Brigitte Mes
Cake, cupcakes: My Sweet Appetite, Marieke de Korte
Outfit groom: Roka
Videography: Unicorn Wedding Films, Ryan de Wit

Wednesday, 3 August 2011


How I love one of the trends of this weddingseason; Vintage!
Finally there is a word I can use to tell my husband why I just bought another "special item"...
And to match this trend so dear to me, a design just ment for a vintage wedding!

It's not always necessary to have a large cake. It's all in the details!

Lucky for me, my sweet mother in law has a wonderful collection with all kinds of vintage lace, some saved from even before the fifties...Don't you just love familymembers with collections like that!

Thursday, 21 April 2011

Sweet Appetite in the Beau Monde

In this months edition of Hollands most glamorous magazine; the Beau Monde, a wedding special. Ofcourse because of the upcoming Royal Wedding. Even in Holland we are awaiting April 29th !

And look who got to be part of it! I'm so proud! A simply wonderful mention and a recipe written by me...And I share pages with Peggy Porschen and Hidde de Maaslander, what more can a girl want?

Thank you Beau Monde!

Thursday, 7 April 2011

Peggy Porschen on RTL Boulevard ~ Masterclass Sweet Appetite

It took a while to broadcast and I got lot's of emails asking about it, but here it is!! The interview that was taken with Peggy Porschen during the masterclass she taught for Sweet Appetite on February 21st, 22nd and 23rd.
It was aired on RTL Boulevard March 28 and what more can I say, it's wonderful. Enjoy!

Click here to watch the clip!
Klik hier om het item te bekijken!

Het duurde even voordat het interview met Peggy Porschen, opgenomen tijdens de masterclass die zij gaf voor Sweet Appetite, werd uitgezonden. Maar het was het wachten meer dan waard! Het interview met Peggy werd uitgezonden in RTL Boulevard op 28 maart jl. Geniet!

Monday, 28 March 2011

Masterclass Peggy Porschen part 2

As promised, there are more beautiful pictures to show you all from the Masterclass Peggy Porschen recently taught at Sweet Appetite.
Jacques van Bragt is a former member of the Dutch Pastry Team and joined the masterclass to learn more about the English way of making Wedding Cakes. it was really wonderful for us to have him join the class. Jacques is besides a patient, sweet, kind and genuine interested person, passionate about pastry. His company was rewarded as the best education program for pastry students in 2010. And if you want to learn from one of the best and kind pastrychefs in Holland join one of the classes he gives!

Zoals beloofd zijn er nog veel meer foto's die ik graag met jullie wil delen van de Masterclass die Peggy Porschen recent gaf voor Sweet Appetite.
Eén van de deelnemers aan de masterclass was Jacques van Bragt. Behalve ontzettend aardig en oprecht geínteresseerd is Jacques ook nog eens supergetalenteerd! Hij is lid geweest van het Nederlands Patisserie Team en vorig jaar werd zijn bedrijf beloond voor alle inspanningen met "Beste Leerbedrijf van het jaar 2010." Als je wilt leren van één van Nederlands beste en aardige patissiers, volg dan een workshop bij Jacques persoonlijk!

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Masterclass Weddingcakes Peggy Porschen 2011

It seems like ages ago already, since the Peggy Porschen Masterclass in Weddingcakes has passed! But in fact, only a few weeks have passed. Pictures of the masterclass have been publiced on the wonderful, fresh and fashionable blog of The Perfect Wedding (ladies, thank you so much!).
Ofcourse I want to share some pictures and details with you as well! Because there is to much info to share in one blog, I'll write two, or maybe three, or more...We had such a marvellous time!

Het lijkt alweer een eeuwigheid geleden dat de Peggy Porschen Masterclass in Bruidstaarten plaats vond. Niets minder is waar, er zijn slechts enkele weken voorbij. Foto's van de masterclass zijn al te zien geweest op het frisse, hippe en gewilde blog van The Perfect Wedding (dames, dank u wel!) Maar natuurlijk wil ik ook foto's en details met jullie delen! Omdat er teveel is om te vertellen in één blog, schrijf ik er twee, of misschien drie, of meer...Er is zoveel leuks te vertellen!

All of the students of the Peggy Porschen Masterclass in Weddingcakes 2011, exclusively taught for Sweet Appetite.
Alle studenten van de Peggy Porschen Masterclass in Weddingcakes 2011, exclusief voor Sweet Appetite.

Vera (Cakes and Co) came from Belgium to attend the class. She is such a lovely, talented and sweet lady! Betty (No Mis Cake) and I met years ago and had a little reunion during the class. Betty, it was so lovely to meet up again and this time it won't take years!
Vera (Cakes and Co) reisde speciaal af uit België om deel te kunnen aan de masterclass. Ze is een ontzettend lieve en getalenteerde dame! Betty (No Mis Cake) en ik ontmoeten elkaar jaren terug en hadden een kleine reunie. Betty, het was fantastisch je weer te ontmoeten en dit keer duurt het geen jaren voor we elkaar terug zien!

The results; Wedding Cakes, three days work! Every student went home with two finished cakes and a big smile. It was so wonderful seeing these results after all the hours every one put in!
De resultaten; bruidstaarten, drie dagen werk! Elke student ging naar huis met twee voltooide bruidstaarten en een grote glimlach. Het was geweldig om alle prachtige resultaten na alle uren hard werken bij elkaar te zien!

More to come in a next blog! As I said, there is so much to share!
Meer in een komend blog! Zoals ik al schreef, er is zoveel te vertellen!

Saturday, 12 February 2011

Free Valentines Day Cupcake Book

Not sure what you want to give your Valentine?
How about a beautiful and delico=ious home made Chocolate Cherrie Cupcake?
Ofcourse with a sweet Valentines Day card!

The one and only Culinary Illustrator Janneke Hoeben and I have teamed up and made you a free download mini Cupcake Book! Including recipes for a delicious Chocolate Cherrie Cupcake and free Valentines Day cards to go with your cupcake!
There is nothing more special then a home made Valentines Day present with a personal, sweet and beautiful matching card! I just adore Janneke's illustrations and I love working with her!
Curious and want to get your download; here it is!


Sunday, 6 February 2011

Nervous breakdown website

Because of lot's of interest in the visit and masterclass of Peggy Porschen, my website has had a nervous breakdown!
It's Sunday now and ofcourse my webhost will switch on the wright button only tomorrow morning.
I can't even receive or send my emails. So, if they're is a delay in receiving an answer from me, I'm so sorry! I will answer my emails as soon as possible.
In the mean while, if you need to reach me please send your mail to

Helaas is mijn website overbelast wegens alle fantastische interesse in het bezoek en de masterclass van Peggy Porschen.
Omdat het vandaag zondag is zal mijn webhost pas morgen waarschijnlijk het juiste knopje om zetten waardoor mijn website en email weer bereikbaar zijn.
Het ontvangen en verzenden van email is tevens niet mogelijk nu. Het kan dus even duren voordat je antwoord krijgt op je mail, in de tussentijd kunnen mails verzonden worden naar
Mijn excuses voor het ongemak en wij proberen alles zo snel mogelijk te herstellen!

Wednesday, 2 February 2011


With the masterclass in Weddingcakes taught by Peggy Porschen for Sweet Appetite approaching, why not let a student of Peggy tell you how wonderful it is to learn from Europe's most talented and skilled cake decorator and pastry chef. Ofcourse I can go on and on about my experiences in London (and trust me I can..) but they're is someone else who can share her delight of joining a class from Peggy.
Someone who is a very talented lady herself and keeps the sweetest blog!
You probably know her already yourself.. Meet Marian, author of Sweetopia

Sweetopia is Marian's sweet, cute, wonderful place on the internet that teaches and inspires lot's and lot's of cake decorators all over the world! It's about everything relating to sugarcraft and a love of pink :)

In november 2009 Marian enrolled in the Masterclass Wedding Cakes, that Peggy Porschen taught at the Bonnie Gordon School in Canada. She, just like I did, enjoyed Peggy's class: "It's wonderful that you'll be hosting Peggy's class - as you already know, the participants won't be disappointed.
I can’t tell you how excited I was to be able to not only meet her, but take a 3-day class she was guest instructing at the Bonnie Gordon School."

Part of the class were lessons in making Peggy's signature marzipan and sugarpaste roses.

Marian:"Guess what she’s dipping it in? My favorite; disco dust!

To read and see more about Marian's experiences joining Peggy's masterclass go to Sweetopia. Be prepared, when you leave for Sweetopia, you won't go back for a long time!