There’s no place like gnome

I was in Berlin recently but not for very long. Actually just under 20 hours. But enough time for a caking inspiration.

My husband and I were travelling back from the coast from a lovely peaceful week’s holiday on the beautiful island Usedom by the Baltic Sea. Berlin is about 280 km from Usedom and it made more sense to travel across from Usedom for my husband’s business meeting than travelling back home and then all the way back up again.

After a delicious lunch in a small Vietnamese restaurant called “T-viet” (Kaiserdamm 25A, 14057 Berlin) we parted at the tube station “Zoologischer Garten” and I wandered off up the fancy shopping street “Kurfürstendamm”. Bad luck for me that it started to rain and that I had left my hat and umbrella in the hotel.

I wrapped my scarf around my head and felt quite miserable by the time I had wandered up and down the street peering into the shops. I didn’t stop to shop or look around as a) most shops were too expensive for my budget and/or not really my cup of tea and b) the hustle and bustle of this big town after one week of peace and serenity were really getting to me.

I peered into a decorated shop window with little happy gnomes sitting together on the shelf obviously feeling very cosy and comfortable. And I wished to be back home on my sofa with my cats on my lap and a nice hot cup of tea.


Sigh..there’s just no place like gnome! 🙂

Find out what my previous Berlin inspiration was here.

PS: The cake is a chocolate version of the popular German “wonder cake” (Recipe) filled with quark and raspberries. Bark tutorial from Elizabeth from Sugarhero. I originally found the tutorial on  Monika’s (Tortentante) cake blog and agree that this is a great tutorial. And idea. So much tastier than fondant.



And this is what the cake looked like on the inside!