The Raspberry Mystery


My dear friend Su has come up with the fabulous idea to host a virtual tea party each month, indulging us with her wonderful photos of delicious food, beautiful china and great tea.


Raspberry sponge cake with cream cheese and a cup of green tea (June 2020).


It’s a truth universally acknowledged that whenever fresh raspberries are anywhere near me, they vanish into thin air almost instantaneously.

Scientists have been racking their brains and pulling their hair but even after decades of relentless  research and observation they can’t come up with a plausible explanation for this hitherto mysterious phenomenon.

Even FBI Agent Fox Mulder gave it a try once, but decided that it was easier to hunt down (imaginary?) aliens. (Imagine my disappointment since I had a crush on him since my teenage years.)


Raspberry cake (June 2020).


I am what you could call a black hole when it comes to raspberries, the human eye, and even cameras are unable to witness or document what’s happening.

It is as if the raspberries were never there in the first place. (Well, except for that satisfied grin on my face.)

This confession should give you a clue on how very – very! – special it is, that I’ve baked a sponge biscuit with cream cheese and sieved (!) raspberries on top for you and that I’m serving it for today’s Virtual Tea Party.

(The entire universe pulled all its resources together to guarantee that the cake kept as long on the plate as it took me to take a decent photo of it (which was unbearably long).)

There’s also green tea to go along with, but if you insist, I’ll brew you some coffee.

And now tuck in as fast as you can – I’ll try to hold back but won’t make any promises. 😉


Raspberry poke cake (June 2020).



Published by Sarah

Artist & Illustrator

45 thoughts on “The Raspberry Mystery

  1. Raspberry sponge cake sounds amazing for a Virtual Tea Party. You are a great baker, Sarah. It looks like such a good cake and I hope you enjoyed it. Surely it didn’t last long 😀 Sponge cake is one of my favourite cakes. When made right and with a lot of patience, it is so fluffy and airy. Hope you are doing well during these times. Take care.

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    1. Thanks so much, Mabel! I enjoy baking a lot – and eating what I baked! 😂
      And yes, this one didn’t last long. 😉
      Glad to know you’re also a fan of sponge cakes, and will remember this should you ever come and visit Berlin. 😀 Take care and stay safe!💕


      1. Plain sponge cakes are my favourite. Soft, airy, buttery…I think you’ll agree these kinds of cakes are amazing. Simple but delicious. Happy baking and stay safe 💕

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  2. Please, stop already, I can’t stand it. OK, send me the recipe. No, wait, don’t send it, I can’t eat this delicious demon to my diet. OK, go ahead, send it to me, I’ll diet next week. Wait, don’t send it. Oh yes, send it, send it, send it, sennnnnndddddd iiiitttttttt.

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    1. Hahahahaha! Now you have made me doubling over with your funny comment, Shari! 😀 😉
      Okay, I’ll send you the recipe! And I’ll see if I can convince Scotty to beam you up a piece of the cake (maybe need to sacrifice another slice for him to do it but I’m willing to pay this price. 😉 )

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  3. I really do understand how that mystery happens. It happens here way too often with a number of things. I have had whole watermelons disappear in days. Oh my, that cake looks good. I’m off sugar for now so I won’t snag it from you but please enjoy. 🙂

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    1. Haha! It’s so good to be understood like that, Marlene! There’s a watermelon on the kitchen table and I expect it to be gone by tomorrow – a little less fast than raspberries but still. It’s enormous 😂

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  4. Now that I have finished laughing (you write so well my friend), what can I say. Yum. Yum. Yum. I love raspberries too and your cake looks utterly delicious. The photography is beautiful too. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

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  5. Fabulous! Both the cake and your powers of self restraint, Sarah 🙂 🙂 And I rather like the little lady kneeling in the background. Is she shuffling closer to grab a raspberry, do you think? Ha! No chance 🙂

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  6. Raspberries….my husband and I are very coy when I have them in the fridge. “You gonna eat them or can I have one?” Hehe…yes, dear husband. One. And only one. 😀 That cake looks delicious, Sarah. I’ll take Tracy’s slice, thank you very much. 😉

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    1. Hehehe! It’s good to know I’m not alone in my raspberry mania. 😉 You’re incredibly generous to grant your husband one raspberry – I know how hard it can be! 😂 Here’s your slice: 🍰 -enjoy! 💕

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    1. So sorry for the late reply! Your comment landed in the Spam folder! Thanks so much! Love the sound of raspberries and white chocolate in scones!! 😀


    1. Aww – thanks so much, Tracy!
      Hehehe! It’s very safe to say that it doesn’t look as yummy where it is now. But never mind, I kept a slice extra for you hidden in the fridge. 😉❤

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