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Strawberry Brownie Cake by Tiefenschaerfe Strawberry Brownie Cake by Tiefenschaerfe
I'm trying to improve my (horrible) food-photography skills a bit. Actually, this is the first shot I'm halfway content with. I think making food look tasty on a picture is much harder than I ever thought. You need to keep so much in mind - which light, which background, which accessory - and also you a nice ground. For this strawberry-brownie-cake with mascarpone and mint I used a gardentable a neighbour gave to us when he moved. I love it - and it seems to be a perfect surrounding to take food-pictures ^.^

The recipe
Some of you asked, so here is the recipe in English, so you can cook this wonderful cake by yourself :) You need:
  • 120 g flour
  • 250 g sugar
  • 85 g cocao
  • 225 g butter (melt)
  • some salt
  • 4 eggs

For the frosting

  • 200 g mascarpone
  • 200 g curd (20% fat)
  • 1 vanillapod
  • 3 spoons sugar
  • 250 g strawberry
  • 1 hand mint leaves
Preheat the oven to 160°C. Mix flour, sugar, cocoa and salt. Add butter and mix it with your mixer for a minute minimum. Add the eggs carefully and one after another. Mix this another minute. Prepare a baking tray with some parchment, give the dough on it and bake everything for about twelve minutes. It needs to cool down completely, otherwise the frosting will melt.

For the frosting you have to fold the mascarpone in the curd. Cut the vanillapod and with the back of your knife retrieve the vanilla pulp. Add this to curd and mascarpone as well as the sugar.

Spread the frosting all over the brownie cake. Wash and cut the strawberrys and put them on the frosting. Now add some mint and the cake is ready to be eaten :)





Edit 10. Juli: Oh my... a DD? O_o Wow, I don't know what to say. Never thought I would get one for a food photo. Thanks a lot! Love 


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Given 2015-07-10
Strawberry-Brownie-Cake by Tiefenschaerfe simply looks divine! ( Featured by Kaz-D )
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First of all: Your food photography isn't horrible at all, don't sell yourself short!

I really love how you draw the eye of the viewer with these few simple lines. I personally "read" pictures from right to left so for me it works wonderful. The gap in the table leads me to the egg whisk, over the wooden spoon to the bowl with strawberries and finally to the absolutely delicious-looking cake.

The composition of the picture also works quite well for me - the tools are lying pretty good (right now I wonder if it would look a little better, if they were not that clean. And the longer I think about it, the more they look just "placed" there - don't know if you get my point. But at first glance they worked well.)

I also love how you placed the small bowl with strawberries in the back - for me repeating elements are always nice to look at.
You have a few more repeating elements - the shades of brown (cake-table and wooden spoon-rolling pin-baking paper). This calms the scene down - and the bright red of the strawberries and the fresh green of the mint conjure a very nice contrast.

Another thing I really like are the textures. The table looks wonderful and so do the strawberries. Often edibles look artificial and not tasty at all but here you controlled the ligth wonderful so they look very tasty and natural.

For me there are only two "negative" points:
First, there is this big dark shadow behind the rolling pin. I can't quite figure out where it comes from so it's a bit distracting for me.

Second one is the tone. For me it's a little bit too much purple (but right now I'm not working at a calibrated screen so it just could look worse than it is). I would love to see it with a little more natural colours...

But overall I really like this picture! It makes me want to taste the cake ;)
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:iconstargazeandsundance:
StargazeAndSundance Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Great shot.
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:iconcaptainmockingjay:
CaptainMockingjay Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
super yummy! I love those strawberries! :star:
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:icontiefenschaerfe:
Tiefenschaerfe Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :)
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:iconusagi-atemu-tom:
Usagi-Atemu-Tom Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Very nicely done. I love the arrangement and how you added the equipment needed to create this delicious looking Strawberry Brownie Cake. The blurr is perfect, it helps to enhances the cake, yet you can just recognise what it is. A very well done photo!

Sincerely
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:icontiefenschaerfe:
Tiefenschaerfe Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
:hug: Thank you!
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:iconusagi-atemu-tom:
Usagi-Atemu-Tom Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome. :)
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:iconchris45724:
chris45724 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
why must you taunt us with food?:puppybeg: 
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:iconchild-of-lightning:
Child-of-Lightning Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Delicious ^^
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:iconlintu47:
Lintu47 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Congrats on the DD! :DALove: by Ikue
Have a nice day! :love: by CookiemagiK
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:icontiefenschaerfe:
Tiefenschaerfe Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
:hug:
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:iconestefaniajaquier:
EstefaniaJaquier Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing! Congrats on your DD! It was well deserved. :heart:
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:icontiefenschaerfe:
Tiefenschaerfe Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
:hug:
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:iconor-else-what:
Or-else-what Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2015  Student Photographer
you should do more food photography! Free Avatar - CupTardCake 
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:icontiefenschaerfe:
Tiefenschaerfe Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! I fear I need more time. This picture was work of nearly a half day. Baking, arranging everything - takes so much time. But I'll try to :)
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:iconserel:
serel Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
I know exactly how you feel, still life photography and in this case food photography is full of pitfalls. But in my opinion you did a brilliant job with this photo.
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:icontiefenschaerfe:
Tiefenschaerfe Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much! I guess it's the first time I did it the way it should be - but there is still so much to learn :)
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:iconmanaspoon:
Manaspoon Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
That delicious!
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:icontiefenschaerfe:
Tiefenschaerfe Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
I can tell you: It was delicious ;) But the recipe is very easy. Try it! :)
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:iconmanaspoon:
Manaspoon Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Where's the recipe??? 
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:icontiefenschaerfe:
Tiefenschaerfe Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
I've added it in the description :)
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:iconmanaspoon:
Manaspoon Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, I see! Thank you!
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:iconjasanderson1215:
JasAnderson1215 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2015
Now that is  devilish, tantalizing cake! ^_^
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:icontiefenschaerfe:
Tiefenschaerfe Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
:D Thank you!
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:iconjasanderson1215:
JasAnderson1215 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2015
You're very welcome. :)
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:icontigerrose1329:
TigerRose1329 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
It looks heavenly! I love strawberries and chocolate--I wish I could just pull that cake right out of my screen and munch on it!
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:icontiefenschaerfe:
Tiefenschaerfe Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
You could do it on your own ;) The recipe is very easy. If you like, I can give you the english translation :)
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:icontigerrose1329:
TigerRose1329 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, please :)
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:icontiefenschaerfe:
Tiefenschaerfe Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
I've added it in the description :)
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:icontigerrose1329:
TigerRose1329 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks :)
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:iconvantonyan:
vantonyan Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
This looks delish!!!
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:icontiefenschaerfe:
Tiefenschaerfe Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
It was :3
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:iconlindartz:
LindArtz Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist

Congratulations on your DD! :clap:

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:icontiefenschaerfe:
Tiefenschaerfe Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :)
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:iconpiratelotus-stock:
PirateLotus-Stock Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2015
Oh my :drool:
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:icontiefenschaerfe:
Tiefenschaerfe Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
:D
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:iconfractaldragon:
Fractaldragon Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
The table is a great background setting for this. I love the photo. My only criticism is the front plank of the table is in about the same focus as the cake, and it's a bit distracting. On the other hand, I am now hungry! :D Congrats on the DD!
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:icontiefenschaerfe:
Tiefenschaerfe Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
It doesn't look like, but it's the same centerline. I didn't sharpen here :) Thank you!
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:iconthreedayslost:
ThreeDaysLost Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
One of those photos where the lighting, focus and everything is just right Love Clap 
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:icontiefenschaerfe:
Tiefenschaerfe Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Aw, thank you! :D
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:iconmrs-freestar-bul:
Mrs-Freestar-Bul Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
That looks amazing :la::love:
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:icontiefenschaerfe:
Tiefenschaerfe Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! :)
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:iconclaremanson:
claremanson Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is amazing!
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:icontiefenschaerfe:
Tiefenschaerfe Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much :)
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:iconmimek:
Mimek Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful composition =)
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:icontiefenschaerfe:
Tiefenschaerfe Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :D
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:iconlivinja:
Livinja Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Da läuft mir direkt alles im Mund zusammen. :D
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:icontiefenschaerfe:
Tiefenschaerfe Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Nachbacken! :D Ist super einfach und wirklich super lecker! :)
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:icondaniela-rivera:
daniela-rivera Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2015
Se ve muy rico :3
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:icondigitalcubist:
DigitalCubist Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love this, you've really shown great skills in this photo. I love the fade out technique you've used, really puts a deeper effect on it. I think it's great, nothings wrong with this. Don't put yourself down, this photo just makes it look 10x more delicious!
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:icontiefenschaerfe:
Tiefenschaerfe Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for your kind words! :heart: :hug:
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