Sandra Bullock's Sweetest Family Tradition
How did Sandra Bullock’s mom get her daughters to appreciate healthy, all-natural food? By treating them to dinner and a show. Bullock’s mom, Helga, a German opera singer known for her “great talent, beauty, and individuality” maintained a largely macrobiotic, vegan diet. She didn’t believe in drinking bottled or tap water, and was an organic food fanatic. "We both suffered from an acute sugar shortage due to our mother's health food initiatives and we bonded by scraping together what we could to get our sugar fix," Bullock’s younger sister, Gesine Bullock-Prado, revealed to The Guardian.
On special occasions, however, Helga would go all out. She loved to play hostess: People came to my parents' parties because they were going to have fun and, if lucky, our mother would belly dance," said Bullock to People. "What they didn't know was that the hostess made sure every morsel placed in front of them was pure and without anything artificial no matter what the cost."
She’d even indulge the girls with some seriously complex pastries and confections, like her German-influenced cake recipe. The master baker clearly made an impression on her daughters. When their mom passed away in 2000, Gesine opted out of the entertainment industry to pursue a career as a baker. We love her mouth-watering blog, Gbakes. Sandra herself is the proprietor of two Austin eaterys, Walton's Fancy & Staple and Bess Bistro. "Everything we seem to do at [the restaurants] stems from family recipes," Bullock reflects.
One family tradition the single mama is sure to share with her adoptive son, little Louis Bardo, is her mom’s signature cake recipe. Gesine describes the confection as “a complicated piece of goodness. It's almost savoury; deeply rooted in German baking, but using all-American nuts. When you add the chocolate buttercream, it becomes a sensual [dessert].”
In honor of Vegetarian Awareness Week, take a page out of Helga's book and host an all-natural dinner soirée. Finish off the night with your take on Bullock’s treasured family recipe. We know it's not exactly healthy, but you gotta let loose sometimes.
The Helga Cake
For the cake:
12 oz. pecan nuts
8 oz. sugar
½ teaspoon salt
8 large eggs, separated, plus
2 whole eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons baking powder
For the buttercream:
12 oz. dark chocolate, chopped small
8 large egg yolks
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
½ cup hot coffee or boiling water
8 oz. unsalted butter, at room temperature
Check out the video below for baking directions.
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By Cordelia Tai
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