Greetings, lovers of cakes and grandiose vistas.
You only turn 40 once, so when my friend Keith hit the big 4-0 (don’t feel sorry for him – only this summer he was asked for ID at a pub), he decided to splash out on a stay at the five star Marina Bay Sands Hotel in Singapore.
With his chocolate cupcake in hand and the icing melting rapidly, the only dilemma that remained was whether to risk trying to swim to the edge of the hotel’s famous infinity pool with both the cupcake and his precious iphone, all the while dodging other guests in the pool.
In the end he played it safe (could this be 4th decade practicality seeping in?), but still managed to get this wondrous photo.
Keith’s cakey review:
The cake itself consisted of a nice and moist chocolate spongy with a gaudy pink butter icing, some sprinkles and a small wafer-thin decorated chocolate pendant. It was quite rich but not too heavy, and was chosen over the other offerings in the shop for its aesthetic qualities rather than flavour.
Thank you, Keith, for thinking of Cake With A View on your happy birthday. And since you offered to bake a cake for your next photo submission, I request a Victoria Sponge with a view of London.
Welcome to the Lofoten Islands, an archipelago within the Arctic Circle in Norway. This is a place of long, dark winters and short summers in which the sun does not set. Where mountains rise up from the sea and make the world look as if it was born from ancient fable. It is also the place where my dear friend Craig lives. He has kindly sent me this photo of his homemade roasted pineapple tart, with a view of his “backyard.”
From Craig, about the tart:
“The pastry is a sweet almond pastry, crumbly and buttery, with the almond adding just a little roundness in the background. The pineapple was slowly roasted, and basted frequently in a syrup of sugar, vanilla-infused water, vanilla seeds, orange juice and rum. This allowed plenty of time for the fragrance to slowly take over the house, the sharpness of the fruits made almost buttery by the sweetness of the sugar and the warmth of the vanilla. You don’t see this detail in the picture, but the edges of the pineapple pieces were caramelised to a deep amber. The filling is a kind of frangipane, but with coconut flour rather than ground almonds. There’s some rum in there, too.”
Oh, to eat roasted pineapple tart in the Norway….
Thank you to my wonderful hill walker friend, Graham, who hauled this chocolate and walnut cake to the shores of Loch an Daimh in Glen Lyon.
From Graham: “The cake was baked by my mum and was a lovely chocolate and walnut cake. It was meant to have pumpkin in it too but she couldn’t find any and I can’t remember what she put in instead. It was the first time my mum had ever baked a cake with bars of dark chocolate – it was delicious!”
In the world of cakes with views, Graham is best known for his tower of Mr. Kipling cakes on top of a Munro. But if you’re also a fan of Scottish history as well as cakes, check out Graham’s new educational app about the Jacobite Rebellions. I do miss Scotland, and all my friends. Gaun yersel, Graham!
I’m back! Oh my, it has been awhile. Moving countries and starting a new and challenging job can be a little distracting, to say the least. But we’re settling in. We have a cat named Al, who will eat just about anything, so we get along fine.
I’m going to be playing catchup with some cracking cakes-with-views submissions. To start things off, thank you to @edinburghcake for sending this stunning photo of a vanilla cake in front of the remains of Stari Bar, in Montenegro.
What a lush and beautiful sight, and don’t the ruins look pretty as well? Lonely Planet travellers rank a visit to the ruins of Stari Bar on Lundža Hill as the number one thing to do is Montenegro. However, now we know that this view will forever be lacking if it does not also contain cake.
I’m alive again on Twitter @pleasebringcake, so tweet me your cake news and photos. Or you can find me on Pinterest. Thanks!