Easter cake – white chocolate and mango

For me, there is no easter without something sweet with mango. Usually, we make delicious cinnamon buns where we add mango and curd cheese to the middle, but this year I wanted something different. I combined fresh mango with white chocolate and the end result is this fresh easter cake. It is actually more simple to do (once again) than it may seem, and most of the time the cake is just cooling in the fridge. So you don´t have to do so much, mostly enjoy the delicious cake!

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I have been posting all my recipes in English here, as the language of my blog is English. But after posting a picture of this cake on my Instagram account, I have received quite a many quiestions about the recipe. As most of those people are Finns, I decided that this time I write the recipe here in both languages. I hope it does not look too messy!

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Mango – white chocolate cake

Serves 10-12 // time 1h active, 8h passive  // ø 18 cm cake tin

INGREDIENTS // AINESOSAT

Cake base / Pohja

175 g Bastogne biscuits // 175g Bastogne keksejä
75g  butter // 75g voita


Filling / Täyte

5 gelatine sheets  // 5 liivatelehteä
200-250 g fresh mango // 200-250g tuoretta mangoa
250g white chocolate // 250 g valkosuklaata
400 ml whipping cream //  4 dl kuohukermaa
200g cream cheese // 200g maustamatonta tuorejuustoa
200g curd cheese  // 200g maustamatonta rahkaa
2 teaspoons vanilla sugar // 2tl vaniljasokeria
100g sugar // 1 dl sokeria
1 tablespoon lemon juice // 1 rkl sitruunamehua


Glace / Kiille
5 gelatine sheets // 5 liivatelehteä
300 ml mango pyree // 3 dl mango sosetta
200 ml sparkling wine // 2 dl kuohuviiniä (voit käyttää myös alkoholitonta)
100 g sugar // 1 dl sokeria
1table spoon lemon juice // 1 rkl sitruunamehua


Decoration // koristelu
200 g white chocolate // 200 g valkosuklaata
groundcherries // ananaskirsikoita

 

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METHOD

Cake base // pohja 

  • Put the biscuits into a strong, clean plastic bag and crush into fine mixture
    • laita keksit esimerkiksi pussiin ja murskaa hienoksi 
  • Melt the butter
    • sulata voi 
  • Combine crushed biscuits and butter and make smooth mixture
    • Yhdistä keksinmurut ja voi tasaiseksi massaksi
  • Place baking paper on the bottom of the baking tin
    • Laita leivinpaperi irtopohjavuoan pohjalle
  • Press the mixture with your hand evenly to the bottom of the baking tin
    • Painele seos tasaisesti vuoan pohjalle 
  • Put in the refrigerator
    • Laita jääkaappiin 

Filling // täyte 

  • Peel mango and cut into small pieces
    • Kuori mango ja pilko se pieniksi paloiksi
  • Place the gelatine sheets into cold water
    • Laita liivatelehdet kylmään veteen
  • Melt the white chocolate in a water bath
    • Sulata valkosuklaa vesihauteessa
  • Whip cream and sugar into sturdy cream
    • Vatkaa kerma ja sokerit jämäkäksi vaahdoksi
  • Add to the mixture curd cheese and cream cheese and mix until smooth
    • Lisää seokseen tuorejuusto sekä rahka ja sekoita tasaiseksi
  • Add melted chocolate to the mixture, remeber to stir constantly
    • Lisää sula suklaa nauhana koko ajan sekoittaen
  • Heat the lemon juice and squeeze the gelatine sheets dry
    • Lämmitä sitruunamehu ja purista liivatelehdet kuiviksi
  • Add the gelatine sheets into hot lemonjuice and mix until the mixture is smooth
    • Lisää liivatelehdet kuumaan sitruunamehuun ja sekoita kunnes seos on tasainen
  • Add the mixture to the cheese-cream mixture and stir constantly
    • Lisää nauhana koko ajan sekoittaen
  • Add 2/3 of the filling to the top of the base
    • Lisää 2/3 täytteestä pohjan päälle
  • Add mango pieces and mix gently
    • Lisää mango palat ja sekoita varovasti
  • Add rest of the filling and smooth the top
    • Lisää loput täytteestä ja tasoita pinta
  • Allow to cool in the fridge at least 4 hours
    • Anna jähmettyä kylmässä vähintään 4 tuntia

Glace // kiille

  • Place the gelatine sheets into cold water
    • Laita liivatelehdet likoamaan kylmään veteen
  • Make a smooth mix from the mango pyree, sugar and sparkling wine
    • Sekoita tasaiseksi mangosose, sokeri ja kuohuviini
  • Heat the lemon juice and squeeze the gelatine sheets dry
    • Lämmitä sitruunamehu ja purista liivatelehdet kuiviksi
  • Add the gelatine sheets into hot lemonjuice and mix until the mixture is smooth
    • Lisää liivatelehdet kuumaan sitruunamehuun ja sekoita kunnes seos on tasainen
  • Pour the mixture over the filling
    • Kaada seos jähmettyneen täytteen päälle
  • Allow to cool in the fridge at least 3 hours
    • Anna hyytyä vähintään 3 tuntia

Decorations // koristelu

  • Melt the chocolate in a water bath
    • Sulata suklaa vesihauteessa
  • Transfer your melted chocolate to piping bag, use small-headed tip
    • Laita sula suklaa pursotuspussiin, ja käytä pienipäistä tyllaa
  • Pipe the chocolate to the top
    • Pursota suklaata nauhoina kakun päälle
  • Let cool for a moment
    • Anna jähmettyä hetki
  • Add few ground cherries for the final touch
    • Lisää lopuksi muutama ananaskirsikka kakun päälle 

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Mango glace is something that easily turns into “ugly” dark orange. I wanted to keep it fresh looking, so that’s why I added some sparkling wine into it. And if you are afraid the children eating cake with alcohol, just then use non-alcoholic wine. I also realised that the white chocolate decoration in the top will break in an ugly way when you cut the cake. So if you want to avoid this, you can also use white chocolate ganache, which stays much softer.

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What is your favorite easter dessert?

xx,

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// Raikas mango -valkosuklaa juustokakku pääsiäiseksi!

 

Spring cravings

During the past years, I have somehow changed from the girl who did a crazy amount of shopping (girls still remember that huge walk-in closet I had full of clothes and shoes in Joensuu?) to someone who is buying less and less. For sure it has a lot to do with the fact, that I have found more my own style, but also I value so different things nowadays. I want to buy less and think about the quality. And most of all, I am trying to build my closet in a way, that everything I have there, is my favourite. This has lead to a situation where I plan so much more what I am buying. I am not saying I am not doing spontaneous shopping, but when I have a list in my mind, I end up buying fewer clothes which are not fitting with my needs, and existing pieces. So what do I have in my spring cravings list?

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Photos from my Pinterest board

The biggest craving at the moment is a pair of crazy shiny silver sneakers. Even glitter sneakers could be nice, but let’s see what I will find! Even though I am all black everything black kind of girl, blush pink and softer tones have caught my eye. Maybe a t-shirt in old rose colour, or even a jacket? I am also in a need of easy and simple everyday shirts, and white feels like a good idea right now. I absolutely love my vintage Ray-Bans, but at the moment I want sunglasses which are bigger, softer and little less classy. Probably & Other Stories will give me a solution to this, as I saw a lot of nice sunnies there the past week. And lastly, but definitely, not least I am searching silver-toned glitter socks. They will work perfectly with my Jeffrey Campbell cut out boots (similar to these ones) I think.

What’s on your spring shopping list?

xoxo,

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// Kevään ostoslista on täynnä simppeleitä, pinkkejä ja hopeisen kiiltäviä juttuja!

Mysterious Moses Bridge

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During our stay in The Netherlands, we made so many travelling plans with Lady A, that it is not a surprise in the end, that we could not visit them all. We should have been travelling several days a week to see everything. I am especially sad about all the beautiful castles we didn’t see in the end, but at least now we have many reasons to go back. I had actually made relatively little planning beforehand, and there was only one place I had decided to visit. And that place was mysterious Moses Bridge.

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One cold Sunday morning we took a train with Lady A to Bergen op Zoom, and continued our journey with a bus to Halsteren. From the bus stop, we had to walk about 15 to 20 minutes, before arriving at Fort de Roovere. And there it was, Moses Bridge. Middle of nowhere, kind of hiding and surrounded by silence and peace. So simple, yet so miraculous.

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Moses Bridge is work of RI&AD Architecten, and designed to blend in with the outlines of the landscape. This makes the bridge kind of invisible from many directions, as the water comes all they way to the edges. You get the feeling you are walking middle of parted water. The sunken bridge is made from sustainable Accoya wood which is reducing environmental impact but still is high in performance. I always like this kind of solutions and find it interesting to read details after visiting interesting places.

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As you can see from the photos, the weather was amazing the day we visited the bridge. It was little chilly, but the sun was shining and luckily we had enough clothes with us. I can imagine that the bridge is attracting most of the visitors during the summer season, as it is an outdoor activity. And for this reason, it was actually kind of perfect time to go there, as there were only a few others visiting the bridge same time. To be honest, it is not that easy to reach this place with public transportation, so I am not sure how many tourists, in the end, visits the place. There is not too much more to see than the bridge, and I think most of the people were locals doing their Sunday walk.

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Even though it took us a lot more time to travel to this place than we ended up spending time there, I am extremely happy we did it. It was fascinating and I could have just enjoyed the silence there and gaze the frozen water. I understand the design of the bridge, but same time I keep wondering why the water does not flow over the edges. Or maybe sometimes it does? How cool it would be to see the bridge when it is raining?

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The forest around was by the way so beautiful as everything was little frosty. I love the fact, that spring is here and summer is coming, but nature is SO beautiful when there is soft frost everywhere. And who wouldn’t love those soft tones also?

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Lady A. thank you for the trip, will always remember it!

xoxo,

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Details of this adventure

Moses Bridge – Fort de Roovere
Schansbaan 8 / Halsteren 4661, The Netherlands

Accessable with car and public transportatio