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Hello everyone.   It has been a while since my last post.   I will not give you a recipe for this post,  since it was a complimentary dish from a dearest person. All I can say is that it was delicious!    

Walnut and Almond Cake

NO, it's not Valentine's Yet...
Happy Birthday Dad!!!
Today my father celebrated his 63rd birthday and he looked better than ever.  
Two months ago he had a huge heart operation and he went through a lot of trouble.  
I was very pleased to see him today look healthy and happy, surrounded by his loved ones. His close family, cousins and friends were invited for lunch and he prepared barbecue for us.
This is his favorite cake so I had to do the best I could. 

Walnut and Almond Cake

Cake Ingredients
1 cup granulated sugar
6 large eggs
½ cup peanut oil
¼ cup all purpose flour
1 cup fine semolina
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon powder
1/8 tsp clove powder
1 cup walnuts, chopped
1 cup almonds, chopped
1 tsp vanilla sugar

Syrup Ingredients
1½ cup granulated sugar
1 cup water
½ cup fresh orange juice
Orange zest, big pieces
1 cinnamon stick
2 cloves

Ganache Ingredients
100gr dark chocolate
100gr milk chocolate
100gr fresh cream
10gr butter
¼ tsp almond essence

Preparation Method
1. Preheat oven at 180ºC.
2. Prepare syrup.  In a small pan add all syrup ingredients and cook, at medium heat, for about 12 minutes. Allow to cool.
3. Using an electric mixer, beat sugar, eggs and vanilla for 8 minutes; gradually add oil and continue beating for another 30 seconds.
4. In a bowl, mix the rest of the cake ingredients. With the help of a wooden spoon mix the dry ingredients with the egg mixture.
5. Poor cake mixture in a rectangular silicon pan (25cm x 30cm) and cook for 40 – 45 minutes.
6. Remove cake pan from the oven and poor in it the syrup. Allow to stand for 20 minutes before removing the cake from the pan. Allow to cool completely.
7. Prepare Ganache. Bring fresh cream to a boil. Stir in chocolates and butter and incorporate well; then stir in the almond essence.
8. Poor ganache on top of the cake and refrigerate over night.


  1. This sounds amazing but the pictures are awesome ... Great Job :-)

  2. Glad you're dad is back in action and feeling better than ever! Gorgeous cake too :) Looks fabulous!

  3. Beautiful cake and congratulations :)

  4. What a beautiful birthday cake. Belated birthday wishes to your dad and glad to hear that he is doing well. xoxo

  5. Na sou zisi filenada! Polixronos na ton xereste!!

  6. They say the best medicine is food that comes from the heart, Thru generations we have share that bond we may speak different
    languages and come from different backgrounds but food unites us. I wish your father a quick recovery and continue to express your love thru food and every possible way. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Aw, what a sweet birthday cake, Eftychia. I'm sure he was glowing with pride!

  8. Perfect recipe. Thanks for sharing. Katerina

  9. walnut and almond sounds so good!! looks yummy!

  10. Hi Efty, I haven't been here in ages! I am so glad to find you again! :) As always your desserts are lovely!

  11. The cake is beautiful! Celebrating your father's birthday with his favorite cake, family, and friends is a great way to let him know just how special he is. In my Dev Psych class, we have learned that at the midlife it is very important to feel that you are valued and appreciated. After his health issues, i am sure the cake and his life are especially sweet. I wish your father many more happy and healthy birthdays.
    Susan H.

  12. I'm glad your father is doing well, and what;s more healthier than having your love ones and friend to celebrate his recovery.

  13. What a lovely looking cake...I'm sure your father loved it. Love the sound of the walnut and almond flavours too! Wishing you a happy Christmas! :-)

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