Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Kladdkaka ~A Swedish Treat {Maja Design & Tresors De Luxe}

 Just a short time ago Maja Design opened up their new Facebook page, and I noticed a lot of chatter about 'Fika' and something called Kladdkaka! Well, for those of you who are not Swedish, I should explain that Fika is the Swedish version of a 'Cafe Clatch' or tea time, where you enjoy a nice cup of coffee or tea with a lovely desert. After seeing the yummy photo's of the Swedish cake called Kladdkaka, I looked up the recipe on Pinterest and immediately handed it over to my oldest daughter Chloe who was off school this summer and really enjoying trying out recipies from Pinterest. (HERE IS A LINK TO THE RECIPE OFF OF PINTEREST KLADDKAKA a recipe by a lady named Rebecca)  Well, let me tell you, this cake is DELICIOUS! If you love brownies, you will love the dense rich taste of this Swedish treat! Above is a photo we took of the cake she made (we added a dollop or real whipped cream (has to be the real stuff not that oil based stuff!) and some fresh raspberries). You can find the recipe for the cake at my blog post today at Such a Pretty Mess Blogspot (although I hear that Jenny Grotherus's recipe for Kladdkaka is even more delicious and decadent....we'll be trying out her recipe next!...thanks Jenny!!) Here is a photo I took of my daughter with her cake...
Okay, so back to my layout....haha, don't get me started on topic of food, I can go on for hours! I wanted to use a paper collection that would best reflect the theme of the page so of course I had to go with the Maja Design 'Ska vi ta en Fika collection'.
 
Here are the papers I chose to use from this lovely collection: Ska vi ta en Fika: Kärleksmums - bs, Kaffetåren den bästa är.....but I also chose to mix in a couple other collections as well to bring in pinks for the berries and a clock for 'tea time'. So I also used Vintage Summer Basics: 1923, and Crea Diem: Den oersättliga tiden, as well as some butterflies from Vintage Spring Basics: 6th of May. Here are some close-ups of the embellishments I used on the page....
 
 
The pleated flowers are some Recollections flowers that I found at Michaels and the chipboard flourish is from Dusty Attic (I wanted to keep it shabby chic looking so I painted it white, edged it with brown chalk ink, stamped on random text and finished with a crackle varnish). The natural floral clusters and lace trims are from Tresors De Luxe.  Aren't they cute??  I love having these little natural floral clusters ready to go to add to a page, no muss no fuss!  You can find Lucy's gorgeous lace and floral designs at her etsy site here ~~>  Tresors De Luxe.
 
 
You might wonder how I got the flourishes to go all the way around the edges of the inner page even though the page has been trimmed to show the polka dot paper behind? I fussy cut the bottom and right side flourishes off the page first, then trimmed my page and stuck the flourish edge back onto the cut edges.
 
 
Dusty Attic has this cute Mini Cutlery chipboard set that I thought would be a perfect accent to the page, I just painted them with bronze 3D paint and squeezed on the flourish design.
 
I cut the largest clock from the Crea Diem collection paper and edged it with some Platinum Stickles and some more Dusty Attic chipboard and another flower. To get the flaked rusted look to my chipboard, I first stamped the chipboard flourishes with some Tim Holtz Victorian Velvet ink, then I took my flat paint brush with some gesso on it and just lightly dabbed it here and there. Finally I added a gloss coat to the chipboard pieces.
 
I hope you enjoyed my project today and hope that I've inspired you to try some Swedish baking and maybe make a page about it too! xo
 

20 comments:

Danoesja said...

Hi Gabrielle

This LO is so sweet with this photo and sweet colors, i love it, its so complete.
Your flower cards are also very beautiful and chic.
And i watch your tutorial about the mixed media, you give us great ideas how to use the hot gleu, it looks awesome. I hope i can find the faber gelatos here in Holland, i think its great to work with it.

Dear greetings, Danoesja

pattyo said...

This is so beautiful! I love how you color the chipboard. I've seen these papers advertised and love them but did not know what the name translated to until now. Tea time is a favorite of mine. I'll have to give this recipe a try--looks delicious!

Mary Elizabeth said...

Just lovely!! I agree the chipboard cutlery is perfect for this layout. Beautiful!! -- Mary Elizabeth

Edilza Teixeira said...

Oi Gabrielle!!!

Sou apaixonada pelas sua criações. Cada nova postagem é uma maravilhosa obra de arte. Parabéns pela sua criatividade sem limites.

Beijos

Lynn said...

Ohhhh yummmm!!! Looks so delicious!! I'm going to have to try your recipe! Your layout is just gorgeous. I love how you tucked your elements in between the layers!

Romy said...

It's such an amazingly gorgeous and also delicious lay-out! I just love your mix of colours and the cute fork and knife.

luv46kdz said...

The lay out is just gorgeous, of course :) The cake looks yummy. I love chocolate. If you're a chocolate lover here's a recipe for the black beast or Bete Noire. My oh my sheer perfection!

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/La-Bete-Noire-235831

Paula

Charlotte Zweigoron said...

I love this layout and have a feeling I would love the cake, too. I just don't understand the measurements for some of the ingredients or how to convert them (if possible?) I am new to your site and have found so much inspiration... I think I shall subscribe!

Gabrielle Pollacco said...

Charlotte, my daughter was confused the same way at first....but the American conversion for the ingredients is in the right side column (just ignore the left column :)

Gabrielle Pollacco said...

Oh my goodness....trying that 'black beast' next Paula! Looks decadent (actually, one of the Swedish girls on the DT gave me her family recipe for Kladdkaka and it sounds much like that recipe (you use melted chocolate instead of cocao)....thanks for the link! xo

Elizabeth said...

Thank you so much for sharing this lovely layout with details. Those pleated flowers are so beautiful and I love the natural floral clusters also. Love how you painted the cutlery and decorated the clock, adding the beautiful DA chippie. Your creations continually inspire me, Gabrielle. Thank you!

Lizzyc said...

Oh wow every thing about this is delicious! I love the natural look of the twine hessian and the raffia, always love how you pop some lace on your layouts, those flowers are divine, and love the doileys peeking out too.. unfortunately for me, I should avoid cake... but I don't!!hehe!! life is too short to not try some of the yummy things!!

Shell said...

So many beautiful details! Just gorgeous

Deborah W said...

Yur work is breath-taking, Gabrielle! Thank you so much for sharing your talent and techniques.

Stephanie said...

This is a beautiful layout!

Vicky Alberto said...

oh YUM! Delicious looking cake and layout Gabi!

LISA said...

Everything about this post is gorgeous, the layout design, the pic of the dessert, and Chloe...

Asmah Zainal Abidin said...

Yummy treat. Gorgeous page with beautiful dps and embellies. Gaby I would like to invite you to my blog giveaway, do drop by soon, just two days left!
Hugs,
Asmah
http://qinaahanaartsandcrafts.blogspot.com/2013/09/qinaahana-giveaway.html

Gonek said...

Your porojects inspired me to do my first Mixed Media LO. I am grateful to You. Thank You!

Sandi Clarkson said...

Goodness! What gorgeousness! Love how you've fussy cut the flourishes and created a new page!

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