Thursday, 10 February 2011

Fig and Chocolate Cake



Everyday matters  - Something you snack on
This is Buccellato, a sicilian cake made from pastry filled with dried figs, almonds, walnuts and dark chocolate. It's eaten mainly in the Christmas period, but I love it anytime.  I love to bite into it and find whole  pieces of nut and chocolate amongst the jammy figs.  I expect you can appreciate how difficult it was not to eat it! 
We are lucky to have some really nice local bakeries where everything is freshly made every day.  I will have a go at sketching some of the traditional cakes and biscuits we have for the coming Carnival time...at great personal sacrifice of course!

25 comments:

whatidoisme said...

This looks and sounds absolutely delicious. Is it only found in Sicily? (I'm going to Tuscany in the summer.)

E*phi said...

Sounds (and looks!) SO mouthwatering! This truly must be an irresistible thing to draw - dried fruit, nuts and chocolate combined... yumyum!

Katherine Thomas said...

very nice! I like the composition, with the pastry moving out of the picture.

Pat said...

Gorgeous painting - and the real version sounds scrummy too :) xx

Sandy in Michigan said...

Great sketch and it sounds like a wonderfu treat. Here in Michigan the snow is deep and the temperature is eight below zero Fahrenheit (sp?), but now you've taken my mind off the weather and I'm craving a big chunk of chocolate! LOL!

Vicki Holdwick said...

Looks and sounds yummy.

xoxo

Martine said...

Great sketch ! Not sure I would have had time to finish the sketch.... before finishing the cake !! :o)

magpie said...

delicious sketch. as to the cakes and biscuits to come, i appreciate the sacrifice you are prepared to make for the sake of your art.

. said...

Mmmmmmm looks so good, my mouth is watering... Wish I could eat weat, but must only feast with my eyes and I cant tell you happy I am that you will do the big "sacrifice" for this project {I cant wait to feast my eyes on more bake goods}

Lovely painting, and cakes like this can be so hard to paint, but you did it really well.

Elza said...

I particularly like the shading, but it's really hard to concentrate on the drawing because of its edible qualities and figs, walnuts, almonds AND chocolate. Such a distraction.
Not to worry though, Sue just said she can make me look tall and thin so keep drawing scrumptious food.
http://whatidoisme.wordpress.com/2011/02/10/edm-challenge-bottle-of-water/

Ann said...

Looks and sounds delicious! And if you must then go ahead and sacrifice by having all those cakes to draw - sounds like a tasty project!

Pelusa said...

Looks yummy! I wish I could snack some of these sometime!
Great painting!

Alissa Duke said...

delicious - this is beautiful and I am looking forward to the rest of the feast

Gillian said...

Before you go creating more of these yummy sketches, please place a high calorie warning on your header. I'm gaining pounds just drooling over this!

Sandra said...

What a gorgeous blog you have! And your art is all so prettty and varied! I will definitely be coming back to visit again :0)

Anais said...

Delicious! ;-)

Alex said...

Okay... now I am really hungry! :p

Sarah Melling said...

Thanks for the comment on my IF drawing. I adore this little pastry piece - those shadows are really wonderful!

jenna said...

Yummmmmmmmmm!

Vicki Smith said...

I agree, Yum! I love anything with figs. Very nice painting.

debra morris said...

Delicious sketch Cathy

raena said...

Love how it looks all crumbly!

frayedattheedge said...

Your drawing is beautiful - but I could resist the cake, as I don't like figs!

scratchyas said...

yum - looks mouthwatering!

BarbaraB said...

Oh, man. I could never pass up a pastry that has those ingredients and looks as delicious as your sketch!

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