Hazelnut-Cinnamon Pumpkin Cake (recipe)

We bought one huge butternut pumpkin and are trying different type of cooking & baking recipes with it. So far we made a gratin, fried pumpkin pieces, pumpkin soup….and today I made a Pumpkin Cake that spreads such a delicious scent through our apartment!! So I decided to share the recipe 🙂

You need (measurement converter if needed ):

  • 4 cups of grated pumpkin (I used butternut pumpkin)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 cup of oil (or melted butter if you like)
  • 1-2 cups of milk (depending on how fluffy you want your cake to be)
  • 1 package of baking powder (=15grams)
  • 2-3 table spoons of cinnamon
  • 100-150grams of ground hazelnuts (or walnuts or almonds…)

Optional ingredients:

  • vanilla sugar
  • chocolate for the coating
  • things to sprinkle on top of the coating


  1. Mix the flour, sugar, (vanilla sugar), baking powder, cinnamon & ground nuts until it’s all blended well together
  2. Add the oil/melted butter & eggs to the mix and give it a good whisk, then add the milk (the more milk, the fluffier the cake, I use a lot) – whisk all the ingredients until they’re blended nicely
  3. Stir the grated pumpkin into the bowl and mix until it’s all a smoth (almost creamy) doughDSCN2448
  4. Bake in pre-heated oven at 160°C for about 60-70 minutes

This is how mine looks straight out of the ovenDSCN2453

I decided to coat it with a thin layer of dark chocolate, let it cool off and there we go – Enjoy!
(Excuse the crappy picture quality, it was a quick snapshot with my phone before I had to dig in)10420093_10204801762621129_8400442925953180252_n

The cake is pretty moist, because we like it that way. If I added less milk it would have been a more dry 😉




There is no costume >.<『blogtober 2014』

The last day of blogtober2014 is…of course, about Halloween!

Halloween Costume Reveal fail

Unfortunately, here in Germany where I live, Halloween is not really a thing that is celebrated like in the US or other parts of the world. Sure, there are a FEW parties where people try and get a Halloween feeling going, and every other year maybe one kid knocks on your door (For the past few years no one knocked at our door at Halloween though).

So, I don’t have a costume – thus, no costume reveal (a bad ending to blogtober14 I know >.<)

Instead I’ll leave you (and October) with a box of some Halloween Dunkin Donuts I bought and hope it’s a forgivable compromise


Halloween IF grumpy cat reappears!『blogtober 2014』

Yesterday we went to the future (kind of), and today it’s throw-back-thursday for blogtober 2014 !

Your best or worst Halloween memory #TBT
Halloween is actually not that big of a thing here in Germany where I live, so I don’t really have specific memories for that special last day of October. I’m also someone who is frightened easily, and get a little heart attack everytime someone comes into the room a little too quiet for me to notice right away. I guess that makes me a bit of a Halloween fail.

BUT…there is one thing I get excited about when it comes to Halloween: PUMPKINS! I do enjoy the “pumpkin season” and love to see carved pumpkins and such. Last year, I took part in the “IF Pumpkin Smackdown 2013″ and actually carved a pumpkin myself for the first time. It was so much fun!
I carved an ‘Infertility Grumpy Cat’-pumpkin and you can see my blog post with pictures of it HERE. A little halloween-throw-back-sneak-peak
halloween | tinadayo

I was on my two-week-wait back then after my frozen embryo transfer and it was such a good distraction from worrying and thinking about whether it will lead to a positive pregnancy test. Little did I know that our IVF miracle was actually already getting comfy in my belly and with us for this years Halloween. It’s definitely a memorable Halloween memory of mine.

It’s Halloween – time for ‘Infertility Grumpy Cat’ !!

For this year’s Halloween, I decided to do something I have never done before: I carved a pumpkin!
Not only that, but I carved a ‘special’ Halloween pumpkin, which I want to enter in the “IF Pumpkin Smackdown 2013”.

I decided to do an ‘Infertility Grumpy Cat’ – Pumpkin, because on Halloween, she can celebrate her grumpy-face & hopefully scare the hell out of Infertility – take that, sucker!…ahem…okay, first things first: here’s how it all went down.


I spent about 4-5 hours (!!) working that pumpkin, but everytime I look at that face now…*snickers*…it makes me smile & I feel happy like a child – which makes this a total success for me (^_^)

And now, I proudly present: My ‘Infertility Grumpy Cat’ – Halloween Pumpkin


Look at that face!! She’s fierce, and she is grumpy!! She bares her teeth and snarls at infertility saying: “Suck it & go to hell, where my face shall haunt you until the end of time, meaowahahahahah!!!” Or something along those lines…

Now, I’m not a big fan of wasting food, so I decided to make a Pumpkin-Curry-Coconut Soup & roast the pumpkin seeds, because they are full of good stuff like iron, vitamins omega-3 fatty acids and many things more.