Welcome to the Desserts section on Cooking with Vivi!

There is no sweeter way to say “I love you” than cooking a cake for your loved ones. Simple yet awesome recipes of cakes, fruit salads, birthday cakes, etc mostly following my Granny’s advice. Spend less time in the kitchen and more time with your family just by following my Granny’s tips and tricks.

Apple (birthday) cake

by viviana on December 29, 2012 in Desserts,Festive

I love making apple cakes. Here and here are 2 examples of apple cakes I’ve cooked before. Today’s recipe is different because I used whole apples and this dessert looks more like a birthday cake than a regular apple cake.

I learned this from my dear Granny. I miss her every single day.

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Cooking with Vivi is 9 months old! Our baby is growing stronger every day. I am celebrating my love and passion for cooking with a collection of food photographs that made me happy. I enjoyed cooking the meals and taking these photographs, I loved every bit of light in every picture below! This is the first post, I will keep publishing photos for a few days. Enjoy my friends, and if you like my work, please share this post and the ones coming later! Love, Vivi

PS: Today, only desserts!

Plum cake (recipe here)

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Halloween pancakes

by viviana on October 31, 2012 in Desserts,Festive,Ovo Lacto

The easiest way to keep a 12 year old lady and her great grandfather entertained on Halloween is to have them help you cook! We decided to go for theme pancakes this year, and we hope you’ll like our designs :). The ingredients and quantities are the same as for 5-6 pancakes, but you need to be a little more creative than usual. Try this on Halloween, you won’t be sorry!

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Baked cinnamon, sugar and raisins pumpkin

by viviana on October 22, 2012 in Desserts

I love pumpkin! Both my Grannies used to make pumpkin for me when I was a child, and I am making it exactly how I learned from them. Enjoy a sweet and really easy recipe!

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Greek yogurt, honey and walnuts dessert

by viviana on August 6, 2012 in Desserts


We toured Greece in 2005, and I still have the most beautiful memories from that trip :). One of the culinary highlights of our trip was the wonderful yogurt, honey and walnuts dessert. The Greeks use a sort of thick and sourish yogurt that beautifully contrasts with the sweetness of honey. Since then, I have been serving this dessert to my daughter, Granny and guests and I have to admit, I have used it (just like in Greece) as a nice ending to my daughter’s breakfast or dinner sometimes.

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Strawberry foam

by viviana on May 30, 2012 in Desserts

My granny taught me how to prepare this dessert a very long time ago. I can still remember using a hand whisk and beating the eggs until my wrist would hurt! In the year 2012 it takes 15 minutes to make strawberry foam and we enjoy it very much!

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“Nenicu 89” b-day cake

by viviana on April 28, 2012 in Desserts,Festive

On my beloved grandfather’s birthday I prepared a delicious cake. In a nutshell, this is a chocolate, sweet jam, raisin and nuts cake. As usual I had a lot of help <3.

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Mucenici (Muntenia)

by viviana on March 9, 2012 in Desserts,Festive

Today we celebrate the Orthodox “40 Mucenici” (40 martyrs) in Romania, and as the tradition requires, we make a sweet soup with cinnamon, nuts and dough in the shape of 8’s.

For as long as I remember, my granny would prepare the dough in the shape of small 8’s on the night before (March 8), and then boil the Mucenici soup on March 9. The smell of cinnamon and lemon peel granny used for the Mucenici still gives me such a warm feeling…

Legend: On March 9, the Orthodox celebrate the sacrifice of the 40 saints from Sebaste who died for their faith in Jesus. Around 320 a.c., 40 soldiers were captured and asked to give up their Christian faith. They refused. They were forced to get into a frozen lake, and the legend says that they started praying to God to save them. While the martyrs were drowning, 40 little flower garlands emerged to the surface. Hence the shape of the mucenici. The similarity goes even further, as the mucenici raise to the surface of the soup when you cook them :). The soup we cook in Muntenia is a symbol of the lake the saints drowned in (when you add the crushed nuts, sugar and cinnamon it resembles a frozen lake).

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Apple cake with nuts and raisins

by viviana on March 5, 2012 in Desserts

Yes, I have an obsession with apple desserts :). You cannot blame me as apples, cinnamon, vanilla, almonds, nuts, orange zest and other ingredients I use smell wonderful and make my home feel like heaven.

Ingredients: 2 large apples, nuts (50 g), raisins (50 g), almond extract (5 g), sweet jam (100 g), flour (3 tablespoons), sugar (3 tablespoons, for caramel), sugar (3 tablespoons), 3 eggs, orange peel (1 tablespoon), butter (50 g)

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Another guest post from Octavian Logigan! Yes, this guy cooks a lot and has such a gift for writing about it :). Here is a new recipe:

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