Kruidnoten Apple Cake Bars ♦ Soft and Moist

Soft and moist cinnamon cake with a kruidnoten (Dutch cookies) base. This cake is filled with apple and topped with almond flakes. These Kruidnoten Apple Cake Bars are perfect for the holidays. Swap the kruidnoten for Biscoff or gingersnaps if you can’t get your hands on kruidnoten. Also delicious for Christmas.

Kruidnoten Apple Cake Bars 

Sinterklaas month!

Have you heard about the Dutch holiday called “Sinterklaas“? It’s a Christmas-like holiday for kids. In The Netherlands, Sinterklaas is celebrated on december 5th. And in honor of this holiday, November is the month of Sinterklaas recipes on WT. This year I’m starring “kruidnoten” in all of my recipes. Kruidnoten are very crunchy cookies and contain a bunch of spices.

Last week I shared the first recipe with these cookies: a kruidnootjes pie. For today’s recipe, I combined the kruidnoten with a moist cake to make these beautiful Kruidnoten Apple Cake Bars: A crunchy cookies base paired with a soft apple cake. To make the cake look extra festive, I topped the cake with almond flakes and crushed kruidnoten. My favorite kruidnoten are from Albert Heijn (Dutch supermarket, not sponsored) by the way. If you can’t find kruidnoten in your country, sub it with an equal amount of Biscoff or gingersnaps. Read more

Kruidnootjes Cake Pie for Sinterklaas

Kruidnootjes cake pie for Sinterklaas (a Dutch holiday) with a kruidnootjes shell. Kruidnootjes are lovely small Dutch spiced cookies, taste a bit like ginger snaps and look like Italian amaretti. This pie has a layer of almond paste and a layer of kruidnootjes flavored butter cake.

Kruidnootjes Cake Pie, Sinterklaas (Dutch Holiday) pie

Last week, I asked you guys on my instagram which kruidnootjes recipe you wanted me to share first and over 80% of you chose this kruidnootjes cake pie. So here I am with the recipe. My first Sinterklaas recipe this year: Kruidnootjes Cake Pie. Woohooh! A slice of this pie tastes amazing with a cup of hot tea. The main ingredient in this pie are kruidnootjes. Kruidnootjes are Dutch cookies that are eaten for Sinterklaas, a Dutch holiday. Although the cookies look like amaretti but are a lot more crunchy. In addition, they smell so good due to all the spices. So GOOD! If you ever come to The Netherlands, definitely get a bag (or two). Read more

Carrot Cake Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

Carrot cake bars. Moist and fluffy. These bars get their moistness from the grated carrots. Each bar is stuffed with plump raisins and crunchy walnuts. Finally, you can’t make a good carrot cake without cream cheese frosting.

Carrot Cake Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting (+raisins and walnuts)

After quite a few vegan recipes, I thought it was time for some “normal” baking again. So for my boyfriend’s birthday a few weeks ago, I decided to make carrot cake. Because I was short on time, I went for bars rather than a cake. Bars are so convenient because:

  1. Take less time to bake than most cakes
  2. Need little to no decorating skills
  3. Are easier to transport 

I’m happy to say my bf’s co-workers loved these bars. Well, most of them anyway: Some were scared these bars would taste like carrots. But I promise you, carrot cake bars taste nothing like carrots. The carrots only provide moisture and no flavor at all. All the flavor comes from the spices, raisins and chopped walnuts. Trust me, carrot cake bars are a must try! Read more

Chocolate Cake ♦ Vegan, For Two (Small)

Chocolate cake with ganche drip frosting. Dense and moist. This very indulgent cake is vegan and contains no soy products. Recipe for a small 10 cm (4″) cake which is for 2-3 servings. No binging on leftovers!

Small Chocolate Cake - Vegan, For Two

Have I turned vegan? No, I have not. But try this chocolate cake and you might. There’s not a crumb in this cake that tastes vegan! It’s dense and so moist. I topped this cake with a vegan chocolate ganache but it tastes good as-is too. Even non-vegans will love this cake. Well.. as long as they’re chocoholics anyway. If you don’t like chocolate stay clear of this chocolate cake because every crumb screams chocolate. Let me break down this super easy (seriously) recipe for you.

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Matcha Cupcakes with Chocolate ♦ Vegan, For Two

Fluffy matcha cupcakes with a delicious, creamy chocolate frosting. A combination of bitter and sweet. These cupcakes are 100% vegan and are just as good as non-vegan cupcakes. Recipe for two so no leftovers.

matcha cupcakes with chocolate ganache frosting, vegan and recipe for two

Okay, let’s get serious. I need to know this about you: Are you a matcha lover? If the answer is yes, we have to be best friends. Because I’m in L-O-V-E with matcha (ssttt.. don’t tell my bf). Matcha, aka green tea, tastes so good! In baking, it makes the perfect combination of sweet and bitter. You either hate it or love it. Obviously, I’m the latter. So today, we’re going to make VEGAN matcha cupcakes with a delicious dark chocolate ganache. Yes, the ganache is also vegan! In addition, I made this recipe for two so you don’t have to worry about binging on leftovers. Gosh, I feel so healthy now.. How about you? 😉  Read more