01 Jan 2014

Our sweet way to wish all our friends a very happy new year!

Sweet New Year’s Day Wishes

So here we are! Another year has just begun! Happy New Year to you all!!! May 2014 be a healthy, serene year, which makes all your dreams come true!

We know our 2014 will be challenging but hopefully a happy, challenging year. We are expecting our second baby in just about two weeks. If everything goes as it should, Liam will soon be the big brother of a baby sister! We are at the same time looking forward to meeting the new addition to our family and kind of scared at the idea of starting all over again with a newborn and a 2-year-old in the house! But we are confident things will work themselves out!

buon anno nuovo!

We needed a sweet way to start the new year and wish each other “buon anno nuovo!“, so I made a chocolate cake which came out excellent. We enjoyed a piece of it on a lovely sunny winter morning.

chocolate cake

That’s why I thought that sharing the recipe with you would be a nice way  to also share our sweetest wishes for the new year with you!

We are looking forward to seeing again some returning guests at Casina di Rosa this year, and to meeting new interesting people who have chosen or will choose to come spend their holidays in Tuscany in our village or stay at our holiday apartment in Pisa! And we want to thank once again all the amazing people who have crossed our path thanks to our vacation rentals or our blog and whom we are now proud and honored to be able to call friends!

Buon anno a tutti!!!

Torta al cioccolato con uvetta – Chcolate cake with raisins


  • 3 eggs
  • 300gr sugar
  • 150gr unsalted butter
  • 1 glass of milk
  • vanilla extract (liquid or powdered)
  • 16gr baking powder
  • 200gr all-purpose flour
  • 80gr dark chocolate powder
  • raisins
  • chocolate chips
  • icing sugar

Beat eggs at highest speed for at least 5 minutes then slowly add the sugar and keep beating for 5 to 8 more minutes until it has the consistency of a milkshake. Melt butter and add it to the mix. Make sure it is not too hot or it will “cook” the eggs. Add the milk (I used whole milk but you can use the type you like best) and the vanilla extract if you use the liquid version. Mix flour, baking powder and vanilla extract if you use the powdered type and add the dry ingredients to the batter. Add the dark chocolate powder. To add the dry ingredients you can use a spatula or your mixer at a medium-to-low speed, so that the batter remains fluffy and soft. Add raisins and chocolate chips to your liking.

Pour batter in a buttered cake tin and bake in pre-heated oven (180°C- 300°F) for 40 minutes. When the cake is cooked, sprinkle with icing sugar, or you can decorate it as you prefer.

chocolate cake

Enjoy the cake at breakfast with a nice cappuccino like we did or whenever you need a bit of sweetness!!

chocolate cake

Buon anno a tutti!!!


  1. Hi Gloria,

    I am sorry i dint wish you friend. I am wondering how i forget you. Wish you a very happy new year to you and family. Hope you are doing well. This year started very well for me. Convey my wishes to your new guest also. I have resigned my social media job i used to read your blog atleast 1 in a day as a part of my job. I will be missing your blog hereafter. If you get a chance to visit India pls do come to my place along with your little son, granny, grandpa and family.

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